New VOA Director Outlines Approach for News Broadcasting

Amanda Bennett, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist appointed to head the Voice of America, called for "exciting, unique content that speaks to the advantages of the U.S." as the hallmark of the U.S. Government's international broadcasting service.  She spoke at the First Monday Communication Leadership Forum on May 2.

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Quotable: Philip Seib on “collaborative public diplomacy"

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

“Although the North Korea conundrum may, unfortunately, require hard power, relying on soft power is the most logical approach to dealing with China and overcoming intraregional rivalries that affect many issues.”  This was one conclusion of the University of Southern California’s Philip Seib in a readout of a conference on May 18-20 in Brisbane, Australia, “Soft Power and Public Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific.”  His op-ed, “Public Diplomacy in the Pacific,” ran on The Huffington Post website on May 22, 2016.  For Public Diplomacy practitioners, the concept of “collaborative public diplomacy” seems fruitful.  Here are some of Seib’s key points:

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Jessikka Aro on Russian propaganda and trolling

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Writing in European Review, the policy journal of the Centre for European Studies, Jessikka Aro of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels provided a detailed – and personal – outline of Russian propaganda and “trolling.”  Her article, “The cyberspace war: propaganda and trolling as warfare tools,” was published on May 10, 2016. 

 

Among the topics:  trolling, bots, hacking, information warfare, social media, Putin-fans, bikini-trolls, bullying, blocking, conspiracy theories, privacy breaches, propaganda, disinformation – and their effect on freedom of speech.  Headings include:

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Robert Zaretsky on French debates on radicalization and Islam

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Is the challenge facing the West "the radicalization of Islam” or the “Islamization of radicalism”?  This debate among French scholars was reviewed in an article by Robert Zaretsky of the University of Houston in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Radicalized Islam, or Islamicized Radicalism?” posted on May 20, 2016.  The two lines of thinking, of course, suggest different strategies for Public Diplomacy.  Some key bullets:

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: David Ucko on Totalitarian “Hearts and Minds” Campaigns

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Totalitarian states have often launched “hearts and minds” campaigns against restive or occupied populations.  David Ucko of the National Defense University examined several examples – the early Soviet Union, Chechnya, China’s policies toward the Uighurs, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and others – in a suggestive article, “Cruel to be Kind: Authoritarian Counterinsurgency and the Winning of Hearts and Minds,” on the lawfare.com website on May 22, 2016.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Philippe-Joseph Salazar on the appeal of ISIS to Westerners who don’t understand their own civilization

Monday, May 23rd 2016

“How should the world respond to ISIS?” asked Philippe-Joseph Salazar of the University of Cape Town, who “immersed himself in the promotional and theological texts of the Islamic State and emerged with a provocative answer.”

 

According to an article by Tom Bartlett in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 20, 2016, “Want to Beat ISIS? Try Poetry and Negotiation,” Salazar “argues that we should negotiate with ISIS. He also contends that the group’s ability to attract recruits from Europe and the United States highlights a weakness in literary education — that ISIS’s success is, to some degree, a teaching failure.”

 

Salazar focused on “the root of this as a general decline in what’s taught at colleges and universities.”  “Our education has been so reduced that we are unable to summon up the resources to think more profoundly about the challenge of the caliphate,” he continued.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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