State's Wharton at Council meeting

After Acting Under Secretary Bruce Wharton spoke with Council members at their quarterly meeting February 6, our President Adam Clayton Powell presented him with a copy of our latest bookNontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future.

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Quotable: Peter Pomerantsev’s dark analysis of a “post-fact” world

Sunday, August 28th 2016

“I remember facts seemed to be terribly important during the Cold War,” wrote Legatum Institute senior fellow Peter Pomerantsev in a dark July 20, 2016, article, “Why We’re Post-Fact,” in Granta: The Magazine of New Writing.  “Both Soviet Communists and Western Democratic Capitalists relied on facts to prove their ideology was right. The Communists especially cooked the books – but in the end they lost because they couldn’t make their case any longer. When they were caught lying they acted outraged. It was important to be seen as accurate.”

 

That was then.  Now is now.  Pomerantsev senses changes in basic thinking and how they bear on Public Diplomacy and strategic communication.  Practitioners need to be aware, for instance, of the “equaling out of truth and falsehood,” “disinformation cascades, “techno-fantasies,” and “digital wildfires.”  Here are some highlights of his article:

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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

Classic Quotable: Livy on CVE Wannabes

Sunday, August 28th 2016

Looking back on a year at the Public Affairs Section at the American Embassy in Kabul, I realize that two things could jar my diplomatic calm, my sangfroid.  Make me hot under the collar.  Torque my jaws. 

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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: James R. McGrath on information warfare

Sunday, August 28th 2016

Public diplomacy, public affairs, U.S. international broadcasting, and the armed forces’ information operations all – in different ways, different settings, and to different audiences – seek to make the case and win support for U.S. goals.  Our hazardous times require a closer alignment of these various disciplines, so Public Diplomacy practitioners must be familiar with each.

 

Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel James R. McGrath, writing in Joint Force Quarterly, performed a valuable service by tracing some of the professional issues that challenge information operations in a July 1, 2016, article, “Twenty-First Century Information Warfare and the Third Offset Strategy.”

 

There’s no direct mention of Public Diplomacy, but the article’s sorting through the “third offset,” “psychological warfare,” “C2 warfare,” “denial and deception,” “cyber warfare,” “engagement,” and “IE situational awareness” is surely suggestive.  For instance, Lieutenant Colonel McGrath identifies shortcomings in “strategic shaping.”  Public Diplomacy practitioners don’t use that term, but it might describe how Public Affairs Officers and embassies and consulates implement an integrated country strategy.

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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: Brett Daniel Shehadey on the Information element of national power

Sunday, August 28th 2016

“Public Diplomacy (PD) and strategic communications (SC) are needed on a massive scale to combat international jihadism, future non-state actors and authoritarian state information agencies and efforts challenging the US identity and influence.”  Writing on the inhomelandsecurity.com website on October 27, 2013, Brett Daniel Shehadey outlined some basic concepts of the D-I-M-E (Diplomatic, Information, Military, and Economic elements of national power) framework, and he took a special look at the weaknesses of the “I” and “D” elements.  His essay was titled “Putting the “D” and “I” Back in DIME.”  Three years after it was published, it’s still a good primer.  Here are some highlights:

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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: Chad Garland on countering ISIS ideas on the ground in Iraq

Sunday, August 28th 2016

“Their new weapons are laptops, digital cameras and sets of a low-power, portable radio kit called a ‘radio in a box.’ Their mission: to destroy a target that has proven to be highly resistant to U.S. efforts -- the Islamic State's extremist ideology.”  Chad Garland of the Stars and Stripes thus opened an article, “Marines Arm Iraqis, Kurds with 'Clever' Messages to Defeat IS,” published on August 13, 2016.  "You cannot defeat an idea with a bullet," U.S Marine Corps Capt. Melissa Giannetto told those seated in the classroom, the first of the Kurdish forces, or peshmerga, to undergo training under the Vocalis Program. Designed by the Marine Corps, it aims to train them to "choose decisive messages that will destroy (the Islamic State's) influence."

 

Garland’s article also discussed the work of the State Department’s Global Engagement Center.  Here are some highlights:

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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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