Tufts Murrow School - Beyond Public Diplomacy

Edward Schumacher-Matos, director of the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, tells First Monday Forum in Washington about plans to expand the Murrow school to “cyber, media and public diplomacy.”  Challenged by attendees about the de-emphasis of public diplomacy at the university credited with originating its academic study, Schumacher-Matos asserted Tufts will continue to teach the subject.  In foreground, C-SPAN's robotic camera records the event.

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Quotable: Brett Schaefer on State Department and Public Diplomacy effectiveness

Friday, April 29th 2016

“In a world where information warfare is being conducted by major powers as well as by unconventional enemies of the United States, the U.S. government must have the tools to engage in the ongoing war of ideas.”  So opened the section on Public Diplomacy in the Heritage Foundation’s report by Brett D. Schaefer, “How to Make the State Department More Effective at Implementing U.S. Foreign Policy.”  Schaefer is Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, at The Heritage Foundation.

 

Foreign Service Officers and foreign policy specialists will want to read the entire report with its many proposals for reform.  Here’s the section on Public Diplomacy:

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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 Kerry on religion and U.S. foreign policy

Friday, April 29th 2016

"The more we understand religion and the better able we are as a result to be able to engage religious actors, the more effective our diplomacy will be in advancing the interests and values of our people,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in remarks at Rice University on April 26, 2016.

 

The Secretary cited many of his initiatives that support this key insight:  meetings with Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sunni and Shia Muslim leaders, representatives of Jewish communities in Europe and the United States, American Hindus, and Orthodox Christians; a new Office of Religion and Global Affairs; a special envoy on anti-Semitism; a special representative to Muslim communities; an expanded Office of International Religious Freedom; and an envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.  He mentioned new training for Foreign Service Officers.  The speech closed with long excursions on development and climate change.

 

This gist is long on key points and short on the many issues and examples the Secretary mentioned, so the entire speech is worth reading.  There were only glancing mentions of Public Diplomacy – the Sawab Center, for instance – but Secretary Kerry’s words suggest many themes and initiatives for speeches, the social media, publications, audiences, conferences, education, and exchanges.  Here are some key quotes:

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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: Andrew Nathan on Xi Jinping and “ideological conformity”

Friday, April 29th 2016

In an article in the May 12, 2016, issue of The New York Review of Books, “Who Is Xi?,” Andrew J. Nathan of Columbia University profiled China’s leader, Xi Jinping.  The long portrait included these quotes:

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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: Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech

Friday, April 29th 2016

In Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech at the National Press Club on April 26, 2016, the candidate said “Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy.”  He criticized decisions by President Bush, President Obama, and Secretary Clinton; traced his views of policy incoherence, “no respect,” “humiliation,” overextension, and the cost of alliances; and elaborated a theme of “America First.”  “It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy,” he said.

 

Although there was no explicit mention of Public Diplomacy in the speech, in a Trump administration the State Department would have to re-shape and re-present U.S. policy toward Iraq, Egypt, Libya, ISIS, Iran, trade and finance, NATO and other alliances, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China, North Korea, and Russia – all mentioned in the speech.  And these paragraphs telegraph an especially busy time for Public Diplomacy if it was called upon to implement the candidate’s vision:

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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

New VOA Director sworn in, promising 'to change in a big way'

Monday, April 18th 2016

Amanda Bennett was sworn in this morning as the new Director of the Voice of America, and she promised change:

"We do have to change. We must change. We need to change in a big way," she said, in large part to address the "vast shift in the way people around the world get their information."

Bennett said that he had heard VOA was "dysfunctional," "beyond repair," and "broken." "But then I had a chance to speak with many of you here."

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Adam Clayton Powell III

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Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policyand directs the Center's a Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

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