U.S. engagement with global audiences: the state of the art

Jean Manes, Principal Deputy Coordinator for International Information Programs at the U.S. State Department, reviewed today's toolset for engagement with the foreign public (Manes shown here with Council President Adam Clayton Powell III.)  She illustrated how social media and American Centers offer the possibility of two-way communication, the perennial goal of public diplomacy.  Manes appeared at First Monday Forum, co-sponsored by the Council with the University of Southern California.

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Quotable: Maajid Nawaz on embracing and disavowing Islamism

Tuesday, February 9th 2016

Click suits, hip-hop, rap, the Nation of Islam, the Black Nationalist movement, skinheads, “Paki bashing,” Hamas and the PLO, radicalization because of the Bosnian genocide, joining Hizb ut-Tahrir, student activism, witnessing “the first jihadist street murder” in the U.K., arrest in Egypt, and reading George Orwell and Harry Potter in prison are all episodes in the life of Maajid Nawaz.  The founder of the Quilliam Foundation related these stories in a conversation with Richard Fidler on ABC in Austrialia on January 27, 2016.  The transcript was posted on the Quilliam Foundation website on February 5.

 

This is a fascinating, even dramatic interview which deserves reading in full.  I’ve grouped a few of the stories and quotes by topics such as Islam and Islamism, democracy, social movements, and political correctness. 

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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: Michael Lumpkin – “we're going to stop tweeting at terrorists”

Tuesday, February 9th 2016

“You are taking on a challenge in countering propaganda, especially by ISIS, which is an effort that so far has attracted rather a lot of criticism and, in some cases, even ridicule. What are your first priorities?”  This was the first question posed by National Public Radio’s Renee Montaigne to the new head of the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, Michael Lumpkin.  The interview, “As ISIS Evolves, U.S. Counter-Efforts Must Advance, Lumpkin Says,” was posted on February 3, 2016.  Here are a few of the points made by Lumpkin during the interview:

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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: “We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism”

Tuesday, February 9th 2016

“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service.”  This is from Twitter’s February 5, 2016, posting on “Combating Violent Extremism.”  Here’s the text in full (but without the screen shots included on the website):

 

Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service. As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area. Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.

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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: Richard Stengel on ISIS messaging and social media

Tuesday, February 9th 2016

“Kim Kardashian is retweeted more in three days than ISIL has done on social media since they were created,” said Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel on January 18, 2016, at Chatham House in London.  Here are excerpts from his “Remarks on Waging a Digital Counterinsurgency.”  He provided insights on the reach of Islamist social media, its key messaging, “myths about ISIL in the information space,” and the thinking behind the State Department’s new Global Engagement Center.

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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: The John Hay Initiative on "gaps in our foreign and defense policy toolkits"

Friday, February 5th 2016

“The challenges that American national security policy has encountered in recent years have also revealed some significant gaps in our foreign and defense policy toolkits.  Three particularly acute needs [include] . . . building an institutional ability to wage ideological warfare, especially the battles of ideas against jihadism and the propaganda of expansionist authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China.”  Thus closed the final chapter of the John Hay Institute’s report, Choosing to Lead: American Foreign Policy for a Disordered World, issued in September, 2015.  It is “dedicated to the next President of the United States.”

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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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