New survey of U.S. public diplomacy released on eve of Presidential Inauguration

Dan Whitman (center) moderates the launch of the Council's book "Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present and Future."  Deborah Trent, the editor, looks on from the left.  To Whitman's right are PDC Vice President Rob Albro, a chapter author, and Ambassador Cynthia Efird, PDC Board member, who commented on the book.  The venue was First Monday Forum, co-sponsored by the University of Southern California and the American Foreign Service Association.

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Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field

Quotable: David Ignatius on Russian grievance, cyber meddling, and destabilization

Thursday, September 22nd 2016

“Russian officials deny meddling in U.S. politics, but it’s clear from some of their comments that they think the United States shot first in this duel of political destabilization.”

 

Headline:     The Cold War is over. The Cyber War has begun.

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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

Classic Quotable: George Allen on the limits of Public Diplomacy (1963)

Thursday, September 22nd 2016

“One of the great American fallacies is the notion, prevalent among people in all walks of life, that all we need to do is to explain ourselves, our policies, and our way of life to foreign peoples and they will love us--or at least will understand and sympathize with our point of view.” 

 

Headline:     “What the U.S. Information Program Cannot Do”

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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: Schoen and Lamb on interagency collaboration to refute Soviet disinformation

Wednesday, September 21st 2016

“This study explains how one part-time interagency committee established in the 1980s to counter Soviet disinformation effectively accomplished its mission. Interagency committees are commonly criticized as ineffective, but the Active Measures Working Group is a notable exception. The group successfully established and executed U.S. policy on responding to Soviet disinformation.”

 

Headline:     Deception, Disinformation, and Strategic Communications: How One Interagency Group Made a Major Difference

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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: James Farwell on connectivity and narrative

Wednesday, September 21st 2016

“Connectivity provides revolutionary new tools for persuasion. These tools can help articulate a strategic narrative that shapes perceptions, beliefs, and ideals of target audiences, changes behavior, and effects a desired end-state. * * * * * American voters liked to put angel’s wings or forked tails on political players.” 

 

Headline:     Victory in Today’s Wars: New Insights on the Role of Communications

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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: Hooker and Collins on lessons for strategic communications in the long war

Wednesday, September 21st 2016

Strategic communications was a weak point in our performance in Washington, DC, and in the field.”

 

Headline:     Lessons Encountered:  Learning from the Long War:  Introduction

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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

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