From Soviet Propaganda to the "Firehose of Russian Falsehood"

Scott M. Rauland, U.S. State Department Senior Advisor for the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, discussed American public diplomacy initiatives in Eastern Europe before a capacity crowd at First Monday Forum on June 5 at the American Foreign Service Association.

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Quotable: Terzuolo and Ungar debate the value of study abroad programs

Sunday, September 18th 2016

“. . . massive, state-engineered subsidies for study abroad would mostly benefit the private good, and Ungar presents no clear evidence for his assertion that expanding study abroad would contrib­ute to the public good by somehow leading to better U.S. foreign policies.” (Terzuolo)

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“if Americans are to understand and cope more satisfactorily with events around the globe, they will have to see with their own eyes and absorb with their own minds the challenges their country faces." (Ungar)

 

Headline:     Worth the Trip? Debating the Value of Study Abroad

 

Subhead:      DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

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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: Jamil Anderlini on rising anti-Americanism in China

Sunday, September 18th 2016

“. . . in authoritarian countries where alternative narratives are forbidden, official attempts to demonise foreigners and ‘others’ can be especially dangerous. In the past week, the Chinese government has launched several viral online videos that blame ‘western hostile forces’ for a host of ills and supposed conspiracies within China.”

 

Headline:     Anti-Americanism Rises in China

 

Subhead:      Beijing is stoking anti-Western sentiments, and Jamil Anderlini at the Financial Times is concerned:

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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: Morton Blackwell on conspiracy theories

Sunday, September 18th 2016

Morton Blackwell, the President of the Leadership Institute (which “identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media”) has written a suggestive essay on conspiracy theories.  Looking over time, he reviewed how some theories “spotlighted as the sinister master of the left-wing conspiracy the Pope, the Jews, the Masonic Order, the Rockefeller family, the AFL-CIO, the Tri-Lateral Commission, the Bavarian Illuminati, or others.”   More recently, there was talk of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”  And then there was “crackpot cultist Lyndon LaRouche.”

 

Blackwell’s essay examined conspiracy theories that addressed American society.  I flag his essay, however, for how it might shine some light on conspiracy theories in foreign societies.  Public Diplomacy officers encounter them among their many contacts in society.  Pakistan – where conspiracy theories distort public opinion and national politics – is often cited as an example.  (See here, here, and here.)  

 

Headline:     Conspiracy Theories

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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: Joshua Philipp on Chinese influence on American filmmaking

Sunday, September 18th 2016

“Imagine if a political party announced a new system of control over Hollywood that banned any negative portrayals of that party, and any negative portrayals of its police force or military. Imagine if it also banned positive portrayals of religion or any depiction of the supernatural, and if it banned any films that showed people violating its laws.  Hollywood is actually already following all of these requirements.”

 

Headline:     China Wants to Control What You Watch

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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: Jeffrey Lewis on possible Russian disinformation

Saturday, September 17th 2016

“Twitter has been aflame with reports that the United States is moving the few dozen nuclear weapons stored at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to Deveselu military base in Romania. I am calling bullshit on this one — but it’s bullshit in a telling way.  It’s most likely Russian propaganda, all part of an elaborate strategy to build opposition to U.S. missile defense efforts and deflect criticism of Moscow for violating arms control treaties.”

 

Headline:     Russia’s Nuclear Paranoia Fuels Its Nuclear Propaganda

 

Subhead:      A classic disinformation campaign about U.S. nukes reveals a lot about Moscow's military anxieties.

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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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