Historians look back at public diplomacy during Carter years

State Department historians and a prominent scholar offered a detailed look at the latest volume of Foreign Relations, documenting U.S. public diplomacy during the Carter Administration.  Shown (l-r), panel moderator Dr. John Brown, general editor Adam Howard, USC professor Nicholas Cull and Kristin Ahlbert, lead historian for the volume.  (Under Read More, see Brown's interview with Ahlberg before the talk.)  They spoke at First Monday Forum, co-sponsored with USC's Annenberg Center on Communications Leadership at the American Foreign Service Association in Washington.

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Quotable: Alan Malcher on Soviet “active measures” and Russian hybrid warfare

Monday, June 13th 2016

“. . . Russian Hybrid Warfare is little more than a remodeled and modern version of KGB active measures: the old ‘tool box’ of the Soviet period has been replaced with modern tools to fit 21st century technology along with the socioeconomic and political climate which differs greatly from the Cold War period.”  So concluded journalist Alan Malcher in a May 14, 2016, essay, “KGB Active Measures and Russian Hybrid Warfare: A Brief Comparison,” published on LinkedIn.  His article is a useful primer on Soviet disinformation and active measures during the Cold War.  He continued:

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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

Revival of "The Last Three Feet" in Media Training Abroad

Saturday, June 11th 2016

Virtually unnoticed, America’s publicly-funded international broadcasters are teaching journalists in other lands digital age in-depth reporting techniques aimed at making a real difference in millions of lives around the globe.

Since 1983, international media training has been conducted by the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in more than 130 countries.  Lately, topics have included combating disease in Ukraine and Nigeria, promoting free elections in Ghana, and tackling critical water shortages in the Middle East.

Exploration and use of new media is exploding in the 21st century.  Recognizing this, Western broadcasters have reached out to their colleagues elsewhere.  Their goal: face-to-face encounters between their own journalists practicing and learning that fine art with those craving new ideas about how to move swiftly ahead in a world awash in new media platforms challenging all.

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Alan L. Heil Jr.

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Summary: As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 125 million people in 44 languages.

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Author: Alan Heil

Quotable: Megan Tetrick on English Teaching and Public Diplomacy

Thursday, June 9th 2016

“If we are looking for an approach that will advance every one of our foreign policy goals, streamline our Public Diplomacy programs, and get the most bang for our buck, we need to take a fresh look at English teaching.”  Megan Tetrick, a Public Diplomacy officer who was a 2014-2015 Katherine W. Davis Public Diplomacy Fellow under the auspices of the Council of American Ambassadors, summed up the value of English Teaching programs in American Public Diplomacy.  Her article, “The Untapped Potential of English Teaching,” appeared in the April 2016 issue of The Ambassadors Review

 

It is praiseworthy for two reasons.  First, it represents the kind of professional writing – aimed to encourage professional discussion and debate – seldom produced in the Foreign Service.  Second, it takes a traditional activity – English teaching – and shows how it can help attain U.S. goals.

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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 Kerry on U.S.-China exchanges

Thursday, June 9th 2016

Speaking at the “Consultation on People-to-People Exchange Plenary Session” in Beijing on June 7, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry reviewed the growth of U.S.-China exchanges, and he flagged three continuing “things that concern us.”  (1) “American schools and representatives should have the same access to information and people in China that Chinese institutions and individuals enjoy in the United States,” (2) “our exchange programs have to be equally open to American and Chinese scholars, speakers, and programs,” and (3) U.S. public diplomacy programs should never be canceled or disrupted from some kind of external interference.”  Some other bullet 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: David Wertheim on China’s social media trolls –- the “50-cent army”

Thursday, June 9th 2016

“They are the most hated group in Chinese cyberspace. They are, to hear their ideological opponents tell it, ‘fiercely ignorant,’ keen to ‘insert themselves in everything,’ and preen as if they were ‘spokesmen for the country.’”  This opened David Wertime’s May 19, 2016, article, “Meet the Chinese Trolls Pumping Out 488 Million Fake Social Media Posts,” on Foreign Policy’s Tea Leaf Nation website.  Here are a few 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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