New BBG CEO states priorities for U.S. broadcasting

BBG Board Member (and Council member) Matt Armstrong speaks at the U.S. broadcaster's October 8 review of strategy.  It was the first board meeting with newly-appointed CEO John Lansing in attendance.  To Armstrong's left is Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel, the State Department's designated board member.  See Council President Adam Clayton Powell's summary of Lansing's five priorities by clicking below.

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U.S. Flag Over Havana

Saturday, August 15th 2015

On my last day supervising a group of Foreign Service Officers training for their upcoming assignments as public affairs officers, we took time out to watch the live feed of the American flag being raised over our embassy in Havana for the fist time since it went down in 1961.  In my view, it was the best lesson in how to conduct public diplomacy during the entire two-week class.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy. authors name for more info

Author: Joe Johnson

Quotable: Schmitt and Gedmin on using soft power to “end Putinism”

Monday, August 10th 2015

In an article in the August 17, 2015, issue of The Weekly Standard and a paper on the website of the American Enterprise Institute, “How to End Putinism,” Gary J. Schmitt (AEI Resident Scholar and Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and Director of the Program on American Citizenship) and Jeffrey Gedmin (Senior fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, senior adviser at Blue Star Strategies, and codirector of the Transatlantic Renewal Project) urged “a robust, forward-leaning US policy designed to revitalize the transatlantic relationship—and create a community resolute about standing up for our common interests and principles” in order to “stave off the machinations of the Kremlin.”


What is needed is a strategy.


First, we should be clear about what we want. * * * * *


Second, let’s push forward with all the soft power we can muster. * * * * *


Soft power also includes information and media policy. We’ve now entered a seemingly endless debate over how to counter Kremlin-directed disinformation. Russian propaganda is proving successful in large part because we’ve left an open field. It’s time we turn the tables and see to it that Kremlin officials are spending more time fretting how Moscow ought to block our own public diplomacy and media campaign. There’s no need to answer Russian propaganda tit for tat. But we need to work closely with our European allies to tell the truth and, in turn, remind our own media that “balanced” reporting is not to be confused with “objective” reporting, especially when Moscow and its media surrogates are filling the Internet and airwaves with misleading stories and blatant lies.

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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. authors name for more info

Author: Donald M. Bishop

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