VOA Director Bennett to speak at First Monday Forum

"America’s story is a lot bigger than we acknowledge," Amanda Bennett asserted when taking office as the director of the Voice of America.  In the photo, The CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, John Lansing, swears in Bennett while her predecessor, Kelu Chao, holds the Bible.  The First Monday Communication Leadership lunch forum on April 14 will be among Bennett's first speaking engagements.

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Quotable: Mackay, Tatham, and Rowland on Information Operations in Afghanistan

Saturday, April 30th 2016

“During World War 1 the allies flew aircraft made of Balsa wood and fired archaic weapons across No Man’s Land.  In 2012 the allies fly super-sonic stealth aircraft and deliver precision weapons from unmanned drones.  In World War 1 the allies dropped MISO/PsyOps leaflets.  In Afghanistan in 2012 ISAF drops MISO/PsyOps leaflets.”

 

Aiming to fundamentally shake up information operations, psychological operations, and Military Support for Information Operations (MISO), The Effectiveness of US Military Information Operations in Afghanistan 2001-2010: Why RAND Missed the Point -- by retired UK Major General Andrew Mackay, Commander Steve Tatham, and Dr Lee Rowland – was published as a Defense Academy of the United Kingdom paper in 2012.  It was a reply to an earlier RAND study that was the subject of a previous quotable

 

Because the State Department had an active Public Diplomacy program at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul during the entire period (which was, more or less, in contact with ISAF’s programs), because hundreds of PD officers served in Iraq and Afghanistan, because MIST teams work at many embassies, and because the issues of information, attitudes, and behavioral change also engage Public Diplomacy practitioners, this is an important paper for Public Diplomacy too.

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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: Gartenstein-Ross, Barr, and Moreng on the Islamic State's propaganda playbook

Friday, April 29th 2016

One of ISIL’s “most potent weapons is its robust propaganda apparatus.”  David Gartenstein-Ross, Nathaniel Barr, and Bridget Moreng so opened their April 28, 2016, essay on the War on the Rocks website, “How the Islamic State’s Propaganda Feeds into its Global Expansion Efforts.”

 

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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: Brett Schaefer on State Department and Public Diplomacy effectiveness

Friday, April 29th 2016

“In a world where information warfare is being conducted by major powers as well as by unconventional enemies of the United States, the U.S. government must have the tools to engage in the ongoing war of ideas.”  So opened the section on Public Diplomacy in the Heritage Foundation’s report by Brett D. Schaefer, “How to Make the State Department More Effective at Implementing U.S.

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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: John Kerry on religion and U.S. foreign policy

Friday, April 29th 2016

"The more we understand religion and the better able we are as a result to be able to engage religious actors, the more effective our diplomacy will be in advancing the interests and values of our people,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in remarks at Rice University on April 26, 2016.

 

The Secretary cited many of his initiatives that support this key insight:  meetings with Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sunni and Shia Muslim leaders, representatives of Jewish communities in Europe and the United States, American Hindus, and Orthodox Christians; a new Office of Religion and Global Affairs; a special envoy on anti-Semitism; a special representative to Muslim communities; an expanded Office of International Religious Freedom; and an envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.  He mentioned new training for Foreign Service Officers.  The speech closed with long excursions on development and climate change.

 

This gist is long on key points and short on the many issues and examples the Secretary mentioned, so the entire speech is worth reading.  There were only glancing mentions of Public Diplomacy – the Sawab Center, for instance – but Secretary Kerry’s words suggest many themes and initiatives for speeches, the social media, publications, audiences, conferences, education, and exchanges.  Here are some key quotes:

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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: Andrew Nathan on Xi Jinping and “ideological conformity”

Friday, April 29th 2016

In an article in the May 12, 2016, issue of The New York Review of Books, “Who Is Xi?,” Andrew J. Nathan of Columbia University profiled China’s leader, Xi Jinping.  The long portrait included these quotes:

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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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