Tufts Murrow School - Beyond Public Diplomacy

Edward Schumacher-Matos, director of the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, tells First Monday Forum in Washington about plans to expand the Murrow school to “cyber, media and public diplomacy.”  Challenged by attendees about the de-emphasis of public diplomacy at the university credited with originating its academic study, Schumacher-Matos asserted Tufts will continue to teach the subject.  In foreground, C-SPAN's robotic camera records the event.

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Quotable: Washington Post Editorial Board on Public Diplomacy as part of a global soft power strategy

Wednesday, June 8th 2016

“In Winston Churchill’s famous ‘Sinews of Peace’ address at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., on March 5, 1946, he warned of ‘two gaunt marauders’ stalking the world, ‘war and tyranny.’ He declared that ‘an iron curtain’ had descended upon Europe and insisted that ‘we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man. . . .’”  This opened an essay by the Editorial Board of The Washington Post on June 7, 2016:  “Before a new iron curtain falls.”  Churchill “described free speech, democracy and rule of law as the “title deeds of freedom” and implored, “Let us preach what we practice — let us practice what we preach,” the essay added.

 

Here are some other key quotes, including a call for a strong American Public Diplomacy:

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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: Aminesh Roul on the influence of Islamist social media in Bangladesh

Monday, June 6th 2016

“Within a relatively short span of time, the Islamic State’s violent ideals have found traction in Bangladesh due to the Islamic State’s robust propaganda tools and through an already radicalized Bengali diaspora.”  This was one conclusion of a May 25, 2016, article by Animesh Roul, “How Bangladesh Became Fertile Ground for al-Qa`ida and the Islamic State,” published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point in its journal, CTC SentinelRoul is the executive director of the New Delhi-based policy research group Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict.

 

The article largely focused on domestic Islamic militancy, but it noted “While local dynamics explain much of the rise of violence, . . . both al-Qa`ida and the Islamic State are increasingly eyeing Bangladesh for expansion and taking advantage of local radical networks to expand their presence and support base in the country.”  Here are some key points of interest to Public Diplomacy:

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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: Nick Snyder on “influence” in Russian strategic thinking

Monday, June 6th 2016

Has Russia developed a new way of warfare?  Major Nick Sinclair’s contribution to the debate, “Old Generation Warfare: The Evolution—Not Revolution—of the Russian Way of Warfare,” was published in the May-June issue of Military Review.  “Analyzing the ends, ways, and means of NGW [new generation warfare] shows historical consistencies with Russian approaches to warfare combined with adaptations based on the current operational environment,” he argued.  Public Diplomacy practitioners will be most interested in the section of the article that reviewed “influence”:

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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: Votel, Cleveland, Connett, and Irwin on Gray Zone conflicts

Monday, June 6th 2016

The planners and thinkers of the armed forces are in intellectual ferment as they think through new challenges – ISIS, Russia, hybrid warfare, China and the nine-dash line, a larger number of nuclear states, and near-peer competition among them.  Among the new concepts under discussion is “the Gray Zone,” -- “intense political, economic, informational, and military competition more fervent in nature than normal steady-state diplomacy, yet short of conventional war.”

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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

International Broadcasting: The Nuclear Option

Wednesday, June 1st 2016

If it wasn’t inevitable, the threat was clearly lurking on the horizon. And now, legislation that would eliminate the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) – the group of political appointees who oversee U.S. international broadcasting – and de-federalize the Voice of America (VOA) has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Blowing up the Board and converting the 74-year-old VOA into a non-governmental entity, the kind of drastic reform which one congressional aide reportedly described as “the nuclear option”, is now on the table.

The proposal, which came in an amendment to the annual defense spending authorization bill, was written by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX). While the chances of it becoming law, at least in its present form, are probably slim, it’s still a serious sign of just how unhappy some are in Congress with the Voice of America and the Board that oversees it and the nation’s other non-military international broadcasting.

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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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