US broadcasters on how Iraqis hear the news

At First Monday Forum on July 11, Gallup's senior analyst Mohamed Younis observes as Diana Turecek of Middle East Broadcasting Networks relates research about radio listening habits of audiences in Iraq.  The forum, held at the American Foreign Service Association in Washington, DC, is cosponsored by the Public Diplomacy Council in partnership with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

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Quotable: Jessikka Aro on Russian propaganda and trolling

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Writing in European Review, the policy journal of the Centre for European Studies, Jessikka Aro of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels provided a detailed – and personal – outline of Russian propaganda and “trolling.”  Her article, “The cyberspace war: propaganda and trolling as warfare tools,” was published on May 10, 2016. 

 

Among the topics:  trolling, bots, hacking, information warfare, social media, Putin-fans, bikini-trolls, bullying, blocking, conspiracy theories, privacy breaches, propaganda, disinformation – and their effect on freedom of speech.  Headings include:

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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: Robert Zaretsky on French debates on radicalization and Islam

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Is the challenge facing the West "the radicalization of Islam” or the “Islamization of radicalism”?  This debate among French scholars was reviewed in an article by Robert Zaretsky of the University of Houston in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Radicalized Islam, or Islamicized Radicalism?” posted on May 20, 2016.  The two lines of thinking, of course, suggest different strategies for Public Diplomacy.  Some key bullets:

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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: David Ucko on Totalitarian “Hearts and Minds” Campaigns

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Totalitarian states have often launched “hearts and minds” campaigns against restive or occupied populations.  David Ucko of the National Defense University examined several examples – the early Soviet Union, Chechnya, China’s policies toward the Uighurs, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and others – in a suggestive article, “Cruel to be Kind: Authoritarian Counterinsurgency and the Winning of Hearts and Minds,” on the lawfare.com website on May 22, 2016.

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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: Philippe-Joseph Salazar on the appeal of ISIS to Westerners who don’t understand their own civilization

Monday, May 23rd 2016

“How should the world respond to ISIS?” asked Philippe-Joseph Salazar of the University of Cape Town, who “immersed himself in the promotional and theological texts of the Islamic State and emerged with a provocative answer.”

 

According to an article by Tom Bartlett in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 20, 2016, “Want to Beat ISIS? Try Poetry and Negotiation,” Salazar “argues that we should negotiate with ISIS. He also contends that the group’s ability to attract recruits from Europe and the United States highlights a weakness in literary education — that ISIS’s success is, to some degree, a teaching failure.”

 

Salazar focused on “the root of this as a general decline in what’s taught at colleges and universities.”  “Our education has been so reduced that we are unable to summon up the resources to think more profoundly about the challenge of the caliphate,” he continued.

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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

Congress considers measure to abolish Broadcasting Board of Governors and VOA, and combine RFE/RL, RFA and MBN

Friday, May 20th 2016

BBG would be abolished, its CEO would become a Presidential appointee and all U.S. international broadcasting would be consolidated into two entities – a VOA-like “nonprofit” and everything else – under a measure introduced in Congress this week.

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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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