U.S. school kids connect with peers in 18 other countries

World Class Scholars, an online educational exchange program for students in elementary through high-school grades, is an example of public diplomacy at the U.S. state and local level.  Phil Noble, a teacher, activist and entrepreneur from South Carolina, told the First Monday Forum about this initiative on August 7.

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Quotable: James Van de Velde on cyber forms of warfare

Tuesday, September 13th 2016

This must-read article discussed new shapes of warfare and international competition that avoid kinetic “war” as Americans usually conceive it.   The author reviewed Russia’s “hybrid warfare strategy,” China’s “salami slicing,” and the “iTerrorism” strategy by ISIS.  He described “cyber,” narratives, information operations, “unconventional war, guerilla war, irregular war, hybrid war, non-linear war, next-generation war, ambiguous war, asymmetric war, limited war, shadow war, indirect war, small war, the gray zone, low-intensity conflict, and even ‘Military Operations Other Than War’ (MOOTW).

 

Headline:     War in Peace

 

Subhead:      Cyberspace has brought about an era of persistent confrontation.

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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: Paul Goble on Vladimir Putin and the “trust gap”

Tuesday, September 13th 2016

Putin lies all the time. He lied by saying that Russian forces weren’t in Crimea. Then he himself rejected this lie but continued to lie that Crimea itself, without any pressure had conducted a referendum in correspondence with international law.”

 

Headline:     Putin has launched ‘world war against trust,’ Yakovenko says

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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: Lawrence Dietz on Russian “influence warfare”

Tuesday, September 13th 2016

“While the US Government continues to flop around like a fish on a pier trying to figure out what is influence warfare on the grand scale and to coordinate all operational levels and departments, Russia is already dominating the influence war with false information.”

 

Headline:     At Least Russia Knows Influence Wins ‘Battles’

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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: Robert Daly on China’s "soft-power deficit"

Tuesday, September 13th 2016

“The United States has soft power in abundance, while China has almost none. * * * * * Xi’s China has painted itself into a corner: it cannot have the soft power it needs (or train innovative students, or lead the knowledge economy — the list goes on) unless talented Chinese are free to heed their personal muses, consciences, and judgments.”

 

Headline:     The Solution to Beijing’s Soft-Power Deficit Is Staring it in the Face

 

Subhead:      The Communist Party needs to get out of the way and let China's diverse and charismatic people be themselves.

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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: Anne Applebaum on Russian interference in the U.S. elections

Sunday, September 11th 2016

Reports of possible Russian dirty tricks during the U.S. election campaign are, so far, fragmentary.  Anne Applebaum, in a Washington Post op-ed, teased out the possibilities.

 

Headline:      How Russia could spark a U.S. electoral disaster

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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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