Canada's PD Director Discusses Sesquicentennial Strategy

"We cannot rely solely on the star power of our Prime Minister," Vikas Sharma told the First Monday Forum audience. The director of Canada's public diplomacy office reviewed PD themes and tactics behind Canada's 150th anniversary celebration.

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Quotable: Alex Leonor on “Whataboutism” in Russian propaganda (article and video)

Sunday, September 4th 2016

“During the Cold War, westerners dealing with the Soviet Union grew frustrated at the automatic Soviet response to comments that were even slightly critical towards the USSR. The Soviets would say “what about …” before bringing up some supposed example of western hypocrisy.”  Alex Leonor fleshed out this phenomenon in an August 31, 2016, article, “A guide to Russian propaganda. Part 2: Whataboutism,” run in Euromaidan Press.  The whole article included six illustrative examples, omitted from this short gist.  It also introduced a video that explained the concept.

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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: Kseniya Kirillova on seven strategies of domestic Russian propaganda

Sunday, September 4th 2016

“An important attribute of Russia’s modern policy has been the growth in military hysteria and the constant need for both internal and external enemies. The increase in aggression and belligerence among the population was also not implemented in one fell swoop: rather, it was cultivated over a period of several years, although its apogee was reached with the advent of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.”  This is how journalist Kseniya Kirillova opened her October 15, 2015, article, “Seven strategies of domestic Russian propaganda,” that ran in Euromaidan Press.  The article included an excellent graphic by Ganna Naronina.  Here are the key points:

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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: Elizaveta Aleksandrova-Zorina on 15 Russian propaganda techniques

Sunday, September 4th 2016

In an April 19, 2016, article in Euromaidan Press, Paul A. Goble passed on an article from Gazeta.ru, “15-point checklist of Putin regime’s propaganda techniques.“

 

  • Russian propaganda makes use of so many techniques to succeed that Moscow novelist and commentator Elizaveta Aleksandrova-Zorina performs a useful service by listing in an article in “Gazeta.ru” 15 of its favorite and, it should be said, effective methods. She provides excellent examples of Putin’s propaganda machine using each of these methods, but I will limit this post to just naming them:
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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: Ryan Bauer on Russian concepts of soft power

Sunday, September 4th 2016

Russia’s Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov, has defined a goal to develop a “’soft power’ strategy to counter the potential threat from ‘color revolutions.’”  Russian concepts were explored in an article by Ryan Bauer of the Center for Naval Analyses in an August 13, 2016, article, “Russia’s Soft Power Development in the 21st Century,” in Small Wars Journal.  Here are some wave tops:

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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: John Daniel Davidson on Russian disinformation, “active measures,” and the U.S. presidential campaign

Sunday, September 4th 2016

“Recent high-profile cyberattacks are all part of a coordinated Russian effort to disrupt U.S. elections. The ultimate goal isn't to elect Trump, but to undermine Americans' faith in democracy.”  This is the summary subhead of an August 31, 2016, article by John Daniel Davidson (senior correspondent at The Federalist), “Russia’s Cyber Warfare Has Bigger Aims Than Electing Donald Trump.”  Here are key points:

 

  • As tempting as it is to see Russia as a partisan player on Trump’s side, the Kremlin’s goal isn’t to see a particular candidate win. The goal is much more insidious: to undermine American confidence in our political system. That is, the Kremlin’s real target is liberal democracy itself.
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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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