Photographers and “propaganda,” friends and enemies

Today’s Public Diplomacy practitioners work in a loud, visually saturated, media-intense age when “post-truth,” “many truths,” and “alternative facts” are themes of academic, social, and political debate.  They work in many different cultures at a time when the claims of identity, rather than universality and common humanity, gain sway.   Issue 47 (2017) of Foam:…

Deep Dive on North Korea

  This link includes a 40-page guide – quotes and links to articles, essays, opinion pieces, and reports — on North Korea’s information environment.  Intended for strategic communication and Public Diplomacy practitioners, it focuses on information, broadcasting, cyber, internet access, propaganda, the activities of defectors, policy debates, and related topics. This is a special number in…

Translations in Public Diplomacy (I): Walter Russell Mead’s Call to Action

A few years ago, Walter Russell Mead, professor of foreign affairs and humanities at Bard College and editor at large of the American Interest, proposed a “strategy to counter democracy’s global retreat.”  “Produce inexpensive, good translations of Burke, Locke and other thinkers, and spread the texts widely,” he urged.  His call to action should be…

Quotable:  Martin Herz on “paradigmatic” Photographs of the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War in Retrospect: Four Lectures, Lecture “The Tet Offensive 1968” and “A Paradigmatic picture of the Offensive”   Source: The Vietnam War in Retrospect: Four Lectures, Washington, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Author: Martin Herz Date: 1984   A career Foreign Service Officer who was Political Counselor in Saigon, Assistant Secretary of State…