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: Lindsey Graham on how not to destroy ISIL and its ideology

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

I have compared the Washington Post’s transcript of the December 15, 2015, “undercard” debate between Republic presidential hopefuls with the CNN video (part one) and made some corrections.  Asked by Wolf Blitzer about a recent proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said:

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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: George W. Bush on “great responsibilities for public safety”

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

From President George W. Bush’s first inaugural address, January 20, 2001:

 

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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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Classic Quotable: Benjamin Franklin on religious liberty in Philadelphia (1791)

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (first edition, 1791) remains an American classic.  Franklin is usually characterized as a deist, but the religious and moral sides of his character were -- as these short excerpts indicate -- more complex.  In discussing religious liberty with friends in other countries I often referred to the engaging paragraphs below.

 

It’s worth noting that the subscription book for Philadelphia’s Mikveh Israel congregation records Franklin’s name as a donor to its building fund.  The George Whitefield mentioned in Franklin's account was, of course, the Methodist whose sermons launched the First Great Awakening.  And Franklin’s openness to the preaching of Islam pointed the way to a broad, accepting, and respectful American religious diversity.   

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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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Classic Quotable: Roland Gittelsohn on “The Purest Democracy” (1945)

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn was the first Jewish chaplain assigned by the Navy to the Marine Corps in World War II.  He landed with the Fifth Marine Division at Iwo Jima.  Here are two paragraphs from his famous sermon, “The Purest Democracy,” given at the dedication of the Division cemetery on March 21, 1945.

 

WE DEDICATE OURSELVES, first, to live together in peace the way they fought and are buried in war. Here lie men who loved America because their ancestors, generations ago helped in her founding, and other men who loved her with equal passion because they themselves or their own fathers escaped from oppression to her blessed shores. Here lie officers and men, Negroes and whites, rich men and poor…together. Here are Protestants, Catholics, and Jews…together. Here no man prefers another because of his faith or despises him because of his color. Here there are no quotas of how many from each group are admitted or allowed. Among these men there is no discrimination. No prejudice. No hatred. Theirs is the highest and purest democracy.

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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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Classic Quotable: Major General St. Clair Mulholland recalls Gettysburg

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

Here's some background leading up to an American moment at the battle of Gettysburg:

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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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