Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Thursday, April 6th 2017
The collaboration between the U.S. Information Service in Santo Domingo (USIS/Santo Domingo) and the Army’s 1st Psychological Warfare Battalion during this period was a classic case of successful interagency cooperation in a crisis situation.
Title: Teamwork in Santo Domingo
Author: Bert H. Cooper, Jr.Read More
Thursday, April 6th 2017
Information operations in Malaya were a particularly effective tool that led to the surrender of many insurgents while simultaneously bringing the Chinese population of Malaya onto the side of the government. However, this was the result of years of trial and error during which the British gradually adapted their message to meet the demands of the conflict.
Sunday, April 2nd 2017
PDC member Donna Oglesby recently described her use of a scenario with her undergraduate class at Eckerd College in Florida. She used a resource called Model Diplomacy, which offers a number of foreign policy scenarios for teachers of international relations. The content is informed by Council on Foreign Relations experts.
Speaking with CFR Outreach Deputy Director Myka Carroll, Donna says, “I think in the play there is learning.” From Donna’s description of the exercise, though, I think it was no walk in the park. A fascinating case study in the teaching of diplomacy.
This brings to mind our First Monday Forum tomorrow, where four university deans will discuss "Trends in International Relations Curricula: Implications for Public Diplomacy." It’s too late to sign up if you haven’t already, but check back with us for a video of the program.Read More
Saturday, March 25th 2017
There are also dangers in accepting a post-truth paradigm. Communicators, experts, and officials may feel overwhelmed and succumb to inaction or, worse, be seduced into adopting “post-truth techniques” that appeal only to emotion and sideline facts or challenging audiences’ beliefs.
Author: Ambassador Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public AffairsRead More
Tuesday, March 7th 2017
Since last year there has been an effort at the Voice of America to expand into “investigative reporting”. The best response by VOA’s stakeholders to this effort should be a firm and unequivocal No.
Why? Just look at VOA’s website.
Every day this government agency distributes stories to audiences around the world that are not even written by VOA’s employees. Instead, they’re written by reporters at The Associated Press, or Reuters. And that’s a problem.
The reason is because VOA’s reporters are required by law to follow strict guidelines regulating what kind of stories they should cover and, even more importantly, how to cover them. But outside organizations such as AP don’t have to follow those rules, and when they don’t, that’s a violation of the Charter under which VOA operates.Read More