Diplomacy and Media the topic of First Monday Forum with USC's Seib

USC Professor Philip Seib chats with PDC President Adam Clayton Powell III before Seib's talk "The Future of #Diplomacy" at the First Monday Forum on December 5 in Washington.  Prof. Seib discussed his new book by the same name, and how it relates to the upcoming Trump Administration.

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Quotable: Jolanta Darczewska on Russian information strategy

Saturday, July 16th 2016

The Polish scholar Jolanta Darczewska prepared a report, “The devil is in the details:  Information Warfare in the Light of Russia’s Military Doctrine,” fleshing out how Russia conceives and deploys the information element of its national power.  The report was published by the Centre for Eastern Studies (Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia – OSW) in its Points of View issue of May, 2015.  Here is the executive summary:

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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: Sean Keeley on U.S. responses to Russian propaganda

Saturday, July 16th 2016

 “. . . the American approach to countering Russian misinformation should not be overly centralized. The State Department is ill-equipped to effectively respond on its own. Rather, it should amplify credible voices and private groups that can debunk Russia’s propaganda.”  This is one conclusion of an April 26, 2016, essay by Sean Keeley, The Empire Trolls Back: How the U.S. Can Respond to Russian Propaganda,” published on the web by the Center for Global Interests

 

The associate at Blue Star Strategies added that “The ultimate goal of American public diplomacy is not only to give foreign audiences a fuller picture of America, but to establish the United States as a more credible, truthful, and honest broker of information than Russia.”

 

Refer to Keeley’s full article for more fascinating details on Russian trolling and responses to Russian disinformation at the American Embassy in Moscow.  His article concludes with insights into how Public Diplomacy might frame America’s domestic divisions, which provide targets of opportunity for Russian propagandists.

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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: Richard Stengel on progress against ISIL messaging

Saturday, July 16th 2016

“The amount of anti-ISIL content on social media platforms is increasing; ISIL’s flow of content is diminishing and being interrupted. The revulsion to ISIL can be seen in the engagement of mainstream Muslims around the world who reject what the terrorists stand for.”  These were key points made by the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Richard Stengel, in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on July 13, 2016. 

 

This gist focuses on the portions of his statement that relate to countering ISIS, cooperation with the Sawab Center and other partners, and the use of data analytics.  The full statement included a discussion of exchange programs and Public Diplomacy’s recent focus on entrepreneurship.  Here are additional 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

A Charter for the Ages

Friday, July 15th 2016

It was a sweltering July afternoon forty years ago, when those of us in the VOA’s Central Newroom got a call from a VOA stand-in White House correspondent that President Gerald Ford had just signed a 1977 budget bill into law.

That act, Public Law 94-350, had a four paragraph passage tacked on at its conclusion.   It made the VOA Charter the law of the land.

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Alan L. Heil Jr.

Board member

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

Gallup poll: Most Iraqis are on line every week, Facebook now a prime news source

Thursday, July 14th 2016

Iraqis have sharply increased their use of the Internet, so much so that a majority are now on line – and frequently.

“In 2015-2016 for the first time ever, more than half of Iraqis are using the Internet every week,” said Diana Turecek, Director of Audience Research for the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN), speaking at this week’s monthly forum sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Council and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy.

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Adam Clayton Powell III

Board member

Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and directs the Center's Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

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