U.S. school kids connect with peers in 18 other countries

World Class Scholars, an online educational exchange program for students in elementary through high-school grades, is an example of public diplomacy at the U.S. state and local level.  Phil Noble, a teacher, activist and entrepreneur from South Carolina, told the First Monday Forum about this initiative on August 7.

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Speechwriter’s File: George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” (1946)

Monday, October 17th 2016

The English journalist and writer George Orwell (b. Eric Blair, 1903-1950) surely outdid the two American authors William Strunk and E. B. White (the authors of The Elements of Style) in urging lean, direct writing.  His acerbic 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language,” was a critique of bloated and politicized writing -- from the left or the right.  Public Diplomacy officers, who often write “white papers” and “speeches of undersecretaries,” may judge Orwell’s essay at once useful and infuriating.

 

Title:               “Politics and the English Language”

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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: Office of Inspector General on U.S. broadcasting to Egypt

Saturday, October 15th 2016

A recent inspection report provided details of how the Voice of America (VOA) Correspondent Cairo Bureau and the Cairo office of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) “inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.”

 

Headline:     U.S. International Broadcasting to Egypt

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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

Announcing: Images of Public Diplomacy Exhibit

Thursday, October 13th 2016

We are excited to invite you to submit your photographs for display in the Public Diplomacy Council’s 2017 photographic exhibition,  Images of Public Diplomacy: Ideas, Experiences, Relationships

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Board member 

Summary: A career public diplomacy officer, Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and manages communication strategies for private clients. 

Career 

Ambassador Brian E. Carlson, a former Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service, currently assists international media and audience analysis firm InterMedia on defense and diplomatic sector activities. 

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Author: Brian Carlson

Quotable: Lannon Walker recalls Muhammed Ali’s 1980 visit to Africa

Monday, October 10th 2016

“I had told him then, and I meant it, that he was 'a diplomat extraordinaire.' His sense of timing and his ability to get inside his interlocutor’s head and heart were a beauty to behold. Ali combined a sense of strategy, learned from the ring, with the unparalleled ability to muster popular support, above and beyond any government’s policy. This dynamite combination gave him power and entrée no ordinary diplomat can muster.”

 

Headline:     Travels with The Champ in Africa, 1980

 

Subhead:      The late Muhammad Ali was a diplomat extraordinaire, as this firsthand account of a mission to Africa attests.

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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 Caruso on “identifying, countering and neutralizing Moscow’s influence operations”

Monday, October 10th 2016

“The executive branch is neither equipped nor structured to combat influence operations from cyberspace. Unity of effort is lacking or nonexistent, and disparate efforts are scattered across multiple departments and agencies. This allows adversaries to outmaneuver and outpace slow, lumbering government bureaucracy and push their preferred narrative at lightning speed.”

 

Headline:     To Counter Russian Disinformation, Look to Cold War Tactics

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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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