Tufts Murrow School - Beyond Public Diplomacy

Edward Schumacher-Matos, director of the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, tells First Monday Forum in Washington about plans to expand the Murrow school to “cyber, media and public diplomacy.”  Challenged by attendees about the de-emphasis of public diplomacy at the university credited with originating its academic study, Schumacher-Matos asserted Tufts will continue to teach the subject.  In foreground, C-SPAN's robotic camera records the event.

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Quotable: Sarah Sewall on “push” and “pull” factors in violent extremism

Friday, April 1st 2016

“In the face of extremist violence, how can societies like ours – diverse, vibrant, and founded in freedom – overcome this threat?”  This was the question put to students and faculty in a speech, “Our Common Struggle Against Violent Extremism,” at Dhaka University in Bangladesh by Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, on March 30, 2016.  She framed the challenge of violent extremism with “push” and “pull” factors, and she highlighted the roles of social inclusion, women, youth, peers, and fundamental freedoms.  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: Pascale Siegel on the Global Engagement Center and its challenges

Thursday, March 31st 2016

“Designating the Global Engagement Center as lead agency for coordinating and synchronizing fills a much needed void. Yet, it can hardly be said that the center is receiving the means it needs to accomplish its mission,” wrote Pascale Siegel, adjunct senior fellow at the American Security Project, in a March 21, 2016, article, “The Next Step in Countering ISIL Messaging.”  Siegel’s essay reviewed the mission of the new Global Engagement Center, the bureaucratic challenges that it will confront, and its designated roles as a “content provider” and “capacity builder.”  Here are some key points from the 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

Quotable: Jacob Olidort on ideology, theology, and “image power”

Wednesday, March 30th 2016

When American policymakers consider domestic and international problems, they characteristically view them through a few different lenses – usually economic or political.  This determinism rests on viewing human nature as fundamentally political or economic.  In a March 29, 2016, article on the Foreign Affairs website, “Theology in Foreign Policy: ISIS in Context,” Jacob Olidort of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy commented on the failure to understand the Middle East in religious – theological – not “ideological” -- terms.  Since it is Public Diplomacy that most directly addresses ideas, Olidort’s article is necessary reading for practitioners.

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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: Charlie Winter on media and information inside the Islamic State

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

Those focused on the communication strategy of the Islamic State are generally “fixated” on the face it presents to the world online, argued Charlie Winter -- Senior Research Associate at Georgia State University in the Department of Communication and part of the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative.  His valuable article, “Totalitarianism 101: The Islamic State’s Offline Propaganda Strategy,” posted to the Lawfare blog on March 27, 2016, rather focused on the use of media and control of information in the areas the Islamic State controls.  IS uses shortwave, newsletters, newspapers, libraries, and “media points” where written and video material can be downloaded on USB sticks.  These are complemented by active censorship and blocking of outside sources of information “to suffocate other channels of information and seize an information monopoly.”  Here are some of Winter’s 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: Curtis Kimbrell on “bureaucratic fixes” in the information war

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

“The Islamic State is winning the information war. * * *  ‘To date, the American effort to get into the game has been half-hearted and limited to bureaucratic fixes.’”  Army Captain Curtis Kimbrell, an instructor in the Defense and Strategic Studies program at West Point, reviewed the establishment of the Global Engagement Center in an essay, “How to Win the War of Words,” on the website of the Modern War Institute on February 24, 2016.  He added that “Goals that may not be able to be achieved unless the Center is elevated to a presence on the National Security Council.”  Here are some of Captain Kimbrell’s 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

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