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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New VOA Director sworn in, promising 'to change in a big way'

Monday, April 18th 2016

Amanda Bennett was sworn in this morning as the new Director of the Voice of America, and she promised change:

"We do have to change. We must change. We need to change in a big way," she said, in large part to address the "vast shift in the way people around the world get their information."

Bennett said that he had heard VOA was "dysfunctional," "beyond repair," and "broken." "But then I had a chance to speak with many of you here."

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Adam Clayton Powell III

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Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policyand directs the Center's a Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

New VOA Director To Speak at First Monday Forum

Friday, April 15th 2016

Amanda Bennett, appointed director of the Voice of America April 14, will speak at the PDC/USC First Monday Forum next May 2.  The author, editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will be sworn in April 18 at the headquarters of the Voice of America, United States' largest international broadcaster.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Jazz examined as an instrument of U.S. diplomacy at PDC / USC forum

Tuesday, April 12th 2016

The popularity and impact of American jazz has been an instrument of soft power for decades, and that was the focus of discussion among musicians, broadcasters and educators who participated in this month's PDC / USC First Monday forum. 

Trumpeter and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens [http://jimmyowensjazz.com/] said that audiences in other countries repeatedly surprise musicians with their familiarity with American music.

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Adam Clayton Powell III

Board member

Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policyand directs the Center's a Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

Quotable: State's Inspector General on Public Diplomacy at the American Embassy in Baghdad

Saturday, April 2nd 2016

The short front summary of the March, 2016, report by the State Department’s Inspector General, “Evaluation of Embassy Baghdad’s Implementation of Line of Effort 6 in the President’s Strategy to Counter ISIL: Exposing ISIL’s True Nature,” outlined the shortcomings of U.S. Public Diplomacy at the American Embassy in Iraq.  It highlighted the need to include Public Diplomacy goals in the Embassy's Integrated Country Stategy (ICS) and to prepare a Public Diplomacy Implementation Plan (PDIP).

 

It’s the body of the report that gives a fuller view of the challenges.  This gist includes the full executive summary and then a few excerpts from the body of the report, details which reveal the difficulties faced by officers in the field – staffing turbulence and changes in how the sixth line of effort was viewed in Washington and Baghdad among them.  The last part of the report noted that “Embassy Messaging Efforts Are Well Coordinated at Tactical Level,” the “embassy has established productive working relationships with Government of Iraq press professionals and invests in building their capacity to support LOE 6 objectives,” and the value of the Embassy’s cultural heritage preservation programs as part of the fight against ISIL.  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: CRS Insight Report on European security and Islamist terrorism

Friday, April 1st 2016

A brief summary “Insight” report by Kristin Archick and Paul Belkin of the Congressional Research Service, “European Security and Islamist Terrorism,” issued on March 29, 2016, had just a few mentions of radicalization, extremist propaganda, and the social media, and these were not mentioned in the report’s “Issues for the United States.”  The report included these points, however:

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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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