Canada's PD Director Discusses Sesquicentennial Strategy

"We cannot rely solely on the star power of our Prime Minister," Vikas Sharma told the First Monday Forum audience. The director of Canada's public diplomacy office reviewed PD themes and tactics behind Canada's 150th anniversary celebration.

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Quotable: Ludes and Jacobson on organizing for information warfare

Saturday, January 28th 2017

Headline:     How Trump can defend the US against information warfare

 

It is possible that the State Department Global Engagement Center could provide a good model for the coordination, integration, and synchronization of messaging but it will require a focus beyond counterterrorism and a home that can truly have access to senior interagency leadership rather than being buried in the bureaucracy. In whatever form, the new capability must operate with the agility of a new-media start-up.  

 

Authors:       Jim Ludes and Mark Jacobson

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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

Confusion reigns: Does the Broadcasting Board of Governors exist, or not?

Wednesday, January 25th 2017

Last month President Obama signed a law abolishing the Broadcasting Board of Governors; see for example http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-30-16/bbg-oversigh...

Yet today the (perhaps nonexistent) BBG named a new chairman; see https://www.bbg.gov/2017/01/25/bbg-announces-new-acting-board-chairman/

As President Obama noted when he signed the bill into law last month, Constitutional barriers may prevent Congress abolishing BBG. But he signed the bill anyway. And now?

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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 Policy and directs the Center's 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: Nicholas Cull on expose, engage, and enhance

Thursday, January 19th 2017

The most effective western responses to the challenge of Kremlin media fall across three categories of action: exposure of Russian disinformation, engagement with endangered populations and enhancement of local media.

 

Headline:     Engaging foreign publics in the age of Trump and Putin: Three implications of 2016 for public diplomacy

 

Author:         Nicholas Cull     

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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: Matt Armstrong on the institutions of information, influence, and opinion

Thursday, January 19th 2017

“You can call it ‘information warfare,’ ‘hybrid warfare,’ or ‘political warfare,’ but whatever you call it, an adversary’s attempts to shape the minds and will of people toward a political end is not new to the United States. Nor will this be the first time the United States sought to wield these weapons against its foes.”

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. . . by blocking the development and deployment of civilian and overt activities, Fulbright’s actions on the Freedom Academy and the Smith-Mundt Act have done more to militarize American foreign policy than any other single act by denying Congress, policymakers, and practitioners critical experience, methods, and historical precedent to properly defend the nation through nonmilitary means.

 

Article:         The Past, Present, and Future of the War for Public Opinion

 

Author:         Matthew Armstrong

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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

You're the PolOff. They attack your president. What do you say?

Monday, January 16th 2017

Congratulations! You’re a State Department political officer with a new assignment. “Hopefulstan” has a history of corruption, but its citizens are eager to democratize, and you have the tools that American foreign service officers have always been able to rely on: a persuasive lecture about the importance of the rule of law, and equally persuasive warnings about how official corruption damages both civil society and foreign investment.

On top of all that, you have the prestige that comes with representing the United States of America, which is known and admired worldwide for advocating those values.

After only a week at your new post, however, you find things are worse than you thought. Hopefulstan’s corruption is widespread at high levels...

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David S. Jackson

David Jackson is a veteran journalist and former U.S. government official with extensive multimedia communications experience in domestic and international markets.

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Author: David S Jackson

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