US broadcasters on how Iraqis hear the news

At First Monday Forum on July 11, Gallup's senior analyst Mohamed Younis observes as Diana Turecek of Middle East Broadcasting Networks relates research about radio listening habits of audiences in Iraq.  The forum, held at the American Foreign Service Association in Washington, DC, is cosponsored by the Public Diplomacy Council in partnership with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

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Quotable: Roman Skaskiw on “Nine Lessons of Russian Propaganda”

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

“The audacity and effectiveness of Russian propaganda has left me in utter awe.  After two years of close observation, some strategies and motifs of Russian propaganda have become evident.  Hopefully these lessons will lend some clarity on the information war which overlays the kinetic one,” wrote Roman Skaskiw, a U.S. Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan now living in Ukraine.  His “Nine Lessons of Russian Propaganda,” ran on the Small Wars Journal website on March 27, 2016.  Here are 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: Stewart Eales on Promoting Democracy

Sunday, March 27th 2016

“The four post-Cold War presidents share three things in common with regard to the promotion of democracy: all embraced it as an American responsibility, spoke of it in idealist terms that envisioned a global community of democracies, and pursued it within a realist decision-making process.”  “Systematic application . . . will enable President Obama and his successors to more effectively bear the torch, shield, and standard of democracy while enhancing the promotion of democracy as the path to a better world.” 

 

This was the conclusion of an article, “Democracy Promotion in the Post-Cold War Era,” by a State Department officer attending the Army War College, Stewart C. Eales.  It ran in the February, 2016, issue of Army War College Review (pp. 11-25).

 

The first task of Public Diplomacy, public affairs, strategic communication, information operations, and related influence disciplines is to determine what ideals, principles, goals, or policies to communicate.  Whether to communicate them in a speech, broadcast, or a tweet are trailing steps. 

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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: Maajid Nawaz -- name, isolate, and discredit Islamism

Sunday, March 27th 2016

In the wake of the Brussels attacks, Maajid Nawas of the Quilliam Foundation wrote, “More attacks this year are highly likely. Intelligence agencies are overwhelmed across Europe. In the UK the security services are inundated with work. They fear the inevitable: multiple terrorist attacks on British soil. Not if but when this happens it will trigger political pressure and a nationalist backlash against Muslims . . . . Politicians will start to take tougher measures to show that they are doing something or they will lose elections to those who promise to take a harder line.”  The title of his March 24, 2016, column in The Times of London was “We need to pull up Islamism by its roots.”  Here are points that bear 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: David Kobs on the ideological power of the Islamic State

Saturday, March 26th 2016

“ISIS and similar groups must be defeated by advancing strong arguments that counter their ideology and by much greater socio-political inclusion for young Muslims. The struggle will be won online—not on the ground, by nurturing hearts and minds—not bombing weapons stockpiles, through proactive leadership by Islamic leaders capable of impacting Muslim people worldwide—not high power military force delivered by Western agents in the deserts of Iraq and Syria.”

 

This was the conclusion of the article, “The Ideological and Political Power of the Islamic State,” by Army Colonel David M. Kobs in the February, 2016, issue of Army War College Review (pp. 40-44).  Colonel Kobs continued, “The primary focus of the anti-ISIS coalition, then, must be countering the political and ideological tenants [sic] that seemingly empower ISIS. The military elements of national power, meanwhile, can help buy time for political reform and ideological change.”  Here are some of his other 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

Maybe It's Not Kudzu?

Saturday, March 26th 2016

A previous commentary here unfortunately missed the point about kudzu.  

Sorry, I mean, about the ‘‘Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016.’’  That’s the one recently unveiled by Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy.  The S.2692 bill text is here.

It is worth reading the actual text of the bill, because it describes something quite different from the kudzu that famously “sucks up all the water and nutrients” needed by existing plants (or “funding and support needed by existing government organizations.)”

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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

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