VOA Director Bennett to speak at First Monday Forum

"America’s story is a lot bigger than we acknowledge," Amanda Bennett asserted when taking office as the director of the Voice of America.  In the photo, The CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, John Lansing, swears in Bennett while her predecessor, Kelu Chao, holds the Bible.  The First Monday Communication Leadership lunch forum on April 14 will be among Bennett's first speaking engagements.

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Quotable: Geoffrey Pyatt on Ukraine's response to Russia's propaganda machine

Thursday, February 4th 2016

“It’s important to recognize that what we’ve come to call hybrid warfare, which Ukraine has now been subject to for two long years, is a combination of instruments.  It’s economic pressure; it’s military pressure, the little green men; it’s political pressure; and of course, it is information pressure and the weaponization of information,” remarked Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, on January 29, 2016.  He spoke at the “Countering Information War in Ukraine” conference.  Here are some key points:

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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: Maajid Nawaz on challenging Islamist narratives

Thursday, February 4th 2016

“. . . it makes the problem WORSE if we don’t name Islamist extremism. Because actually in doing so we’re blurring the lines between Islam and its extremist offshoot,” said British activist, blogger, columnist, and politican Maajid Nawaz in an interview program, “The Drum,” on the Australian Broadcasting Network on January 25, 2016.  He was interviewed by John Barron and members of the studio audience.  The transcript was provided by the Quilliam Foundation, of which Nawaz is the Founding Chairman.  Here are a few key points:

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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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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: John Kerry on “the struggle to define truth”

Thursday, February 4th 2016

On January 28, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the opening of the new offices of The Washington Post.  The newspaper’s reporter who had been held in Iran for 18 months, Jason Rezaian, was there.  Here are a few of Secretary Kerry’s general remarks:

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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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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Classic Quotable: Edward R. Murrow -- “history has no patience” (1963)

Saturday, January 30th 2016

On May 17, 1963, the Director of the U.S. Information Agency, Edward R. Murrow, sent a memorandum to David E. Bell, Director of the Bureau of the Budget, asking for additional funds.  They were needed because of “the crushing defeat of the Cuban landings” at the Bay of Pigs and the “deteriorating political and military situation in Southeast Asia.”  James Warren analyzed the memorandum in an article, “The Struggle to Propagate the Truth,” which appeared on the website of U.S. News and World Report on December 30, 2015.  Warren’s article included a link to Murrow’s six-page memorandum, originally marked “Confidential.”  The memorandum included a peroration:

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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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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Khurram Dara on radical Islam’s “assault on the mind”

Saturday, January 30th 2016

New York attorney Khurram Dara related the chilling story of a Pakistani teenager in an article, “In a Boy’s Hand, the Islamist Disease,” in the January 28, 2016, Wall Street Journal.  Read the story for yourself.  Dara concluded that it “underscores the deep, dangerous and often overlooked threat posed by radical Islam—its assault on the mind.”  Here are more of his takeaways:

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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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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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