National Geographic and "Brand America"

Gary Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, shows the dozens of different front-page covers of this month's National Geographic magazine, tailored to audiences around the globe.  The media company embraces freedom of thought and expression, a core American value, he asserted at First Monday Forum.

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Quotable: Kseniya Kirillova on seven strategies of domestic Russian propaganda

Sunday, September 4th 2016

“An important attribute of Russia’s modern policy has been the growth in military hysteria and the constant need for both internal and external enemies. The increase in aggression and belligerence among the population was also not implemented in one fell swoop: rather, it was cultivated over a period of several years, although its apogee was reached with the advent of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.”  This is how journalist Kseniya Kirillova opened her October 15, 2015, article, “Seven strategies of domestic Russian propaganda,” that ran in Euromaidan Press.  The article included an excellent graphic by Ganna Naronina.  Here are the 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: Elizaveta Aleksandrova-Zorina on 15 Russian propaganda techniques

Sunday, September 4th 2016

In an April 19, 2016, article in Euromaidan Press, Paul A. Goble passed on an article from Gazeta.ru, “15-point checklist of Putin regime’s propaganda techniques.“

 

  • Russian propaganda makes use of so many techniques to succeed that Moscow novelist and commentator Elizaveta Aleksandrova-Zorina performs a useful service by listing in an article in “Gazeta.ru” 15 of its favorite and, it should be said, effective methods. She provides excellent examples of Putin’s propaganda machine using each of these methods, but I will limit this post to just naming them:
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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: Ryan Bauer on Russian concepts of soft power

Sunday, September 4th 2016

Russia’s Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov, has defined a goal to develop a “’soft power’ strategy to counter the potential threat from ‘color revolutions.’”  Russian concepts were explored in an article by Ryan Bauer of the Center for Naval Analyses in an August 13, 2016, article, “Russia’s Soft Power Development in the 21st Century,” in Small Wars Journal.  Here are some wave tops:

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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 Daniel Davidson on Russian disinformation, “active measures,” and the U.S. presidential campaign

Sunday, September 4th 2016

“Recent high-profile cyberattacks are all part of a coordinated Russian effort to disrupt U.S. elections. The ultimate goal isn't to elect Trump, but to undermine Americans' faith in democracy.”  This is the summary subhead of an August 31, 2016, article by John Daniel Davidson (senior correspondent at The Federalist), “Russia’s Cyber Warfare Has Bigger Aims Than Electing Donald Trump.”  Here are key points:

 

  • As tempting as it is to see Russia as a partisan player on Trump’s side, the Kremlin’s goal isn’t to see a particular candidate win. The goal is much more insidious: to undermine American confidence in our political system. That is, the Kremlin’s real target is liberal democracy itself.
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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: Hedayah on CVE counter-narratives for South East Asia

Sunday, September 4th 2016

A White House initiative.  A network of partners.  A regional conference.  A unique report. 

 

A lively and informative May, 2016, report issued by Hedayah, “Counter-Narratives for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in South East Asia,” uniquely blended applied principles of communication with national and community case studies.  Hedayah in Abu Dhabi “aims to be the premier international center for expertise and experience to counter violent extremism by promoting understanding and sharing of good practice.”  Sara Zeiger was the Contributing Editor of the report.

 

The report highlighted work by All Together Now (Australia), Muslim Community Radio 2MFM (Australia), Mothers’ Schools (Indonesia), Gusdurian Network (Indonesia), the movie “Latitude 6” (Thailand), and A Common Word (Jordan).  It discussed formal and informal channels of communication and the role of diasporas.

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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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