Historians look back at public diplomacy during Carter years

State Department historians and a prominent scholar offered a detailed look at the latest volume of Foreign Relations, documenting U.S. public diplomacy during the Carter Administration.  Shown (l-r), panel moderator Dr. John Brown, general editor Adam Howard, USC professor Nicholas Cull and Kristin Ahlbert, lead historian for the volume.  (Under Read More, see Brown's interview with Ahlberg before the talk.)  They spoke at First Monday Forum, co-sponsored with USC's Annenberg Center on Communications Leadership at the American Foreign Service Association in Washington.

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Quotable: Fouad Ajami on the roots of “burnt flags and overrun embassies”

Sunday, September 25th 2016

“The assumption is that Westerners bear Arabs malice, that Western judgments are always slanted and cruel. The ambivalence toward modernity that torments Muslims is unlikely to abate.”

 

Headline:     Why is the Arab world so easily offended?

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Sebastian Gorka on information in irregular warfare

Sunday, September 25th 2016

“This article is an introduction to three of the most important enemies we face today and who we will also face in the future, and how these actors use IW and unconventional warfare (UW) against our interests: the Islamic State, China, and Russia."

 

Headline:     How America Will Be Attacked:  Irregular Warfare, the Islamic State, Russia, and China

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Andrew Tilghman on “political and cultural diplomacy”

Sunday, September 25th 2016

“It is not just about being involved in nation building and security but also how it is done. We have a lot of assets throughout the federal government that should be levied and we are not,” said one Marine Corps major . . . .

 

Headline:     After 15 years of war, America's military has about had it with 'nation building'

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Joseph Chapa on drones and public affairs

Sunday, September 25th 2016

“The fact that information is biased does not make it false, and the fact that information intends to shape public opinion and action does not make it underhanded or deceitful. * * * America has met the enemy’s PR effectiveness with its own PR failures. Misconceptions about RPA operations have been widespread and continue to proliferate.”

 

Headline:     Remotely Piloted Aircraft and War in the Public Relations Domain

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Lamb and Franco on strategic communications in the Long War

Friday, September 23rd 2016

“U.S. foreign policy elites tend to believe public opinion at best complicates a steady hand on the strategy tiller. In turn, the public distrusts any U.S. Government management of information for fear that it will be twisted and used in attempts to control the body politic.”

 

Headline:     “National-Level Coordination and Implementation:  How System Attributes Trumped Leadership”

 

Subhead:      Strategic Communications

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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