VOA Director Bennett to speak at First Monday Forum

"America’s story is a lot bigger than we acknowledge," Amanda Bennett asserted when taking office as the director of the Voice of America.  In the photo, The CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, John Lansing, swears in Bennett while her predecessor, Kelu Chao, holds the Bible.  The First Monday Communication Leadership lunch forum on April 14 will be among Bennett's first speaking engagements.

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Quotable: Eric Olson on “winning the war of ideas”

Wednesday, January 13th 2016

“[Hillary] Clinton’s belief in the importance of the long game is summed up neatly in her observation that ‘we are in a contest of ideas against an ideology of hate, and we have to win,’” wrote retired Army Major General Eric T. Olson in an essay, “Wars of Ideas: From the Taliban to the Islamic State” that appeared on the War on the Rocks website on January 6, 2016.  The body of the article draws on his experience as commander of the 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan in 2003-2004.  Here are some of his comments:

 

  • . . . is it really possible to fight against an idea? If so, how? How do we tell if we are winning a war of ideas?
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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry on “why religion will dominate the 21st century”

Wednesday, January 13th 2016

“The 20th century was probably the high point of secularization, while the 21st century will likely be dominated by religion,” wrote Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry (of the Ethics and Public Policy Center) in an essay, “Why religion will dominate the 21st century,” in TheWeek on May 18, 2015.  If this is accurate, U.S. Public Diplomacy, which was blindsided in the wake of 9/11, needs to deepen its understanding of religion and learn to shape appeals to religious publics.  Gobry briefly looked at Europe, Poland, Russia, South Korea, China, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, India, and Africa.  Here are some of his key points:

 

  • One of the most common assumptions is that religiosity is linked to economic and technological underdevelopment. As a society gets more technologically and economically advanced, the thinking goes, religiosity naturally fades away and is replaced by a more secular worldview.
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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Sharon Behn reports “a short path to catastrophic defeat in the war against al Qaida and ISIS”

Wednesday, January 13th 2016

Voice of America correspondent Sharon Behn asked, “Why is Islamic State so hard to beat?” Her January 7, 2016, report cited its unconventional tactics and its ability to learn from mistakes.  On the U.S. response and strategy, she said:

 

  • [ISIS] uses remote radicalization through technology, enabling the threat to spread.

 

  • The U.S. led coalition has said it is battling IS on all levels by pursuing its leadership, shrinking its safe havens, countering its financing, and puncturing its powerful idealistic narrative of a revival of a “true” caliphate.
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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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The Four Freedoms Revisited: Freedom of Speech

Sunday, January 10th 2016

The Four Freedoms Revisited:  Freedom of Speech

 

Donald M. Bishop

 

In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.  The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 6, 1941

 

The first of the Four Freedoms articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his State of the Union address of January 6, 1941, was “freedom of speech and expression.” 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Classic Quotable: The Office of War Information on “Freedom of Speech” (1942)

Sunday, January 10th 2016

From:  The United Nations Fight for the Four Freedoms, Washington, Office of War Information, n.d.  According to Katherine Romans Hall, this section of the OWI pamphlet was written by Max Lerner (1902-1992).

 

Freedom of Speech

 

To live free a man must speak openly: gag him and he becomes either servile or full of cankers. Free government is then the most realistic kind of government for it not only assumes that a man has something on his mind, but concedes his right to say it. It permits him to talk — not without fear of contradiction, but without fear of punishment.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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