Historians look back at public diplomacy during Carter years

State Department historians and a prominent scholar offered a detailed look at the latest volume of Foreign Relations, documenting U.S. public diplomacy during the Carter Administration.  Shown (l-r), panel moderator Dr. John Brown, general editor Adam Howard, USC professor Nicholas Cull and Kristin Ahlbert, lead historian for the volume.  (Under Read More, see Brown's interview with Ahlberg before the talk.)  They spoke at First Monday Forum, co-sponsored with USC's Annenberg Center on Communications Leadership at the American Foreign Service Association in Washington.

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Quotable: Andrey Arkhangelskiy on Russia’s new propagandists

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

“The new propagandists who dominated the Russian media were formed by the experience of the trauma of the 1990s and the loss of the certainties of the Soviet past,” wrote Russian journalist Andrey Arkhangelskiy, affiliated with the Carnegie Moscow Center in an essay, “Out From the Underground: Russia’s New Propagandists,” that appeared on the StopFake.org website on June 14, 2016. “Their ideology is a fusion of Soviet and imperial Russian ideas. Its chief intellectual weakness is that it must link Russian success to the failure of the West and democracy,” he added.  Here are more insights:

 

  • For the last two years, propaganda in the Russian media has been much more aggressive and nationalistic.
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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: Goldenberg, Heras, and Scharre on defeating the Islamic State

Monday, June 20th 2016

On June 16, 2016, the Center for a New American Security issued a report by its ISIS Study Group – “Defeating the Islamic State: A Bottom-Up Approach.”  It was prepared by Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas A. Heras, and Paul Scharre.  

 

Public Diplomacy specialists will note the report not only recommends what the United States must do about online radicalization; it counsels what it should not.  For instance, “More emphasis should be placed on . . . targeting and less on content.”  Excerpts from the report’s final section on “Counter the Transnational Network in Europe and the United States” follow:

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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 Brennan on ISIS and propaganda

Monday, June 20th 2016

In his prepared testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 16, 2016, John Brennan made some brief comments on ISIS and its propaganda.

 

Finally, on the propaganda front, the Coalition is working to counter ISIL’s expansive propaganda machine. ISIL paints a carefully crafted image to the outside world, lauding its own military efforts, portraying its so-called “caliphate” as a thriving state, and alleging that the group is expanding globally even as it faces setbacks locally.

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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: Leon Aron on the worldviews of Russian leadership

Sunday, June 19th 2016

[Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy] . . . “is part of a long-term geopolitical project, rooted in deeply held ideology, a self-imposed personal Historic mission, and domestic political imperatives of his regime’s survival.”  Leon Aron of the American Enterprise Institute made this judgment in his “Statement before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs On US Policy toward Putin’s Russia: Drivers of Putin’s Foreign Policy,” on June 14, 2016.  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: Michael McFaul on welcoming Russians to see America at first hand

Sunday, June 19th 2016

“Russia relations today are more strained and more confrontational than at any time since the end of the Cold War. In fact, even some periods of the Cold War seemed more cooperative than our current era.”  These were opening comments by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul at the June 14, 2016, hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  The subject was “U.S. Policy Towards Putin’s Russia.  McFaul is now the Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

 

Public diplomacy practitioners will be particular interested in his comments on countering Russian propaganda and study in the United States.  Here are some key points from his opening statement:

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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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