US broadcasters on how Iraqis hear the news

At First Monday Forum on July 11, Gallup's senior analyst Mohamed Younis observes as Diana Turecek of Middle East Broadcasting Networks relates research about radio listening habits of audiences in Iraq.  The forum, held at the American Foreign Service Association in Washington, DC, is cosponsored by the Public Diplomacy Council in partnership with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

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Quotable: Robert Reilly on Public Diplomacy and Information Operations (V) – Iraq

Friday, March 25th 2016

Because of the crippling lack of continuity in Public Diplomacy in both Iraq and Afghanistan, I am confident that the many Public Diplomacy officers who later served in those countries will be fascinated by Robert Reilly’s account, “Information Operations: Successes and Failures.”  In the paper he recalled early efforts to establish free media in Iraq.

 

  • How would the United States communicate its purpose in Iraq and encourage its democratic transformation? . . . . Overnight, [Saddam’s] regime and its media would disappear. What would appear the next day?
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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 Reilly on Public Diplomacy and Information Operations (VI) – Micro Successes and Failures in Iraq

Friday, March 25th 2016

Because of the crippling lack of continuity in Public Diplomacy in both Iraq and Afghanistan, I am confident that the many Public Diplomacy officers who later served in those countries will be fascinated by “Information Operations: Successes and Failures,” which included Robert Reilly’s account of some early initiatives in Iraq.  This reader is struck by Washington’s reluctance to approve outside-the-box programs and by Reilly’s conclusion that the “single biggest failing on the US side in the war of ideas is that there is no institution tasked with and responsible for the conduct of it -– only individual, sporadic initiatives.”

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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: Taisu Zhang on ideological trends in China

Friday, March 25th 2016

“Chinese society is apparently rediscovering, or at least re-prioritizing, its moral and ideological cravings. Over the past several years, ideological forces and divisions have moved back to the center of Chinese political and social life, and ideological tensions among Chinese elite are now arguably higher than at any point since the immediate aftermath of the 1989 protests,” wrote Taisu Zhang in an essay, “China’s Coming Ideological Wars,” that ran on the Tea Leaf Nation website on March 1, 2016.  Zhang described Chinese opinion as dividing into two poles, “leftist-Confucian” and “Western-liberal.”  Nationalism strongly influences the former.  An effective U.S. Public Diplomacy must be aware of both poles.

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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 Gerson on anti-Muslim rhetoric

Friday, March 25th 2016

“The terrorists — who worship death, fashion bombs out of young men and women, and exploit Islam for totalitarian political purposes — deserve our outrage,” wrote Washington Post opinion writer Michael Gerson in a March 24, 2016, op-ed, but “The anti-Muslim rhetoric of Trump and Cruz only helps terrorists.”  Those thinking through the most effective responses to jihad and terrorism in the realm of ideas – Public Diplomacy’s words, communication, and rhetoric – must surely mull three of Gerson’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: Berman and Walzer look back on critiques of Communism

Friday, March 25th 2016

“How Western intellectuals turn themselves into the enemies of an entire class of liberal writers from Muslim backgrounds” was the subhead of a March 21, 2016, op-ed by Paul Berman (the critic-at-large of Tablet magazine) and Michael Walzer (emeritus professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton).  “The Daoud Affair” ran on the website of Tablet magazine on March 21, 2016.

 

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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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