U.S. engagement with global audiences: the state of the art

Jean Manes, Principal Deputy Coordinator for International Information Programs at the U.S. State Department, reviewed today's toolset for engagement with the foreign public (Manes shown here with Council President Adam Clayton Powell III.)  She illustrated how social media and American Centers offer the possibility of two-way communication, the perennial goal of public diplomacy.  Manes appeared at First Monday Forum, co-sponsored by the Council with the University of Southern California.

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Quotable: John Kasich on Public Diplomacy and U.S. values

Tuesday, November 24th 2015

Governor John Kasich of Ohio, pursuing the Republican nomination for president, gave a major speech on national security at the National Press Club on November 17, 2015.  It was a tour d’horizon of policy takes and proposals. 

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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: Michael Lumpkin on DOD support for State’s countering “adversary propaganda”

Sunday, November 22nd 2015

“. . . our [Military Information Support Operations] capabilities will be ready to play their vital role . . . as an integral part of our Nation’s comprehensive efforts to counter adversary propaganda,” said Micheal Lumpkin, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, when he testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities on October 22, 2015.  The “Department of Defense plays a critical role as a contributor and partner to the whole-of-government effort led by the State Department,” he continued.  Here are some key points from his testimony:

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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: Jared Cohen on “digital counterinsurgency”

Sunday, November 22nd 2015

“Although the military battle against ISIS is undeniably a top priority, the importance of the digital front should not be underestimated. The group has relied extensively on the Internet to market its poisonous ideology and recruit would-be terrorists,” wrote Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, in an article, “Digital Counterinsurgency: How to Marginalize the Islamic State Online,” in the November-December, 2015, issue of Foreign Affairs.  “The first step of this digital war is to understand the enemy,” he added.  Specialists and generalists alike will want to read the full article both for its many details and its new framework – “digital counterinsurgency.”  Here are a few highlights.

 

  • The Islamic State, or ISIS, is the first terrorist group to hold both physical and digital territory:  in addition to the swaths of land it controls in Iraq and Syria, it dominates pockets of the Internet with relative impunity. But it will hardly be the last.

 

  • ISIS also relies on the digital sphere to wage psychological warfare, which directly contributes to its physical success.

 

  • Foiling ISIS' efforts on the Internet will thus make the group less successful on the battlefield. To date, however, most digital efforts against ISIS have been too limited, focusing on specific tactics, such as creating counternarratives to extremism, in lieu of generating a comprehensive strategy.
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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: John Deni on NATO and the flow of foreign fighters

Sunday, November 22nd 2015

In the nine lines of effort in the U.S. national strategy against ISIS, line 7 is “disrupting the flow of foreign fighters.”  The State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, reporting to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, plays a primary role.

 

John R. Deni, Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) Security Studies at the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, provided a useful review of the high level policy thinking on the foreign fighter threat by NATO, the European Union, and individual governments in an article, “Beyond Information Sharing: NATO and the Foreign Fighter Threat,” in the Summer, 2015, issue of Parameters

 

The body of the article focused on intelligence sharing (spoiler: easier said than done), but Public Diplomacy people who are part of the effort to discourage the flow of foreign fighters – and to assure that returned foreign fighters do not bring jihad back home – will find Deni’s detailed summary useful.  Also, his conclusions suggest parallel efforts by Public Diplomacy, especially with the smaller nations in the alliance.

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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: Major General Haas on Military Information Support Operations (MISO)

Saturday, November 21st 2015

One of my goals as I post commentaries is to increase Public Diplomacy’s awareness of what our colleagues and counterparts in the armed forces are doing in information operations, strategic communication, public affairs, and military information support operations (MISO).  Better awareness can foster alignment of effort, cooperation, and collaboration.  Army Major General Christopher Haas, the Director of Force Management and Development of the U.S. Special Operations Command, provided an overview of staffing, training, and equipping of the Military Information Support Operations (MISO) force during his testimony before the House Armed Service Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities on October 22, 2105.

 

Major General Haas’s review of the selection and extensive training (42 weeks!) of MISO personnel will be of particular interest, I am confident.  So will his review of the internet, social media, and the technical capabilities of the MISO force.

 

As I learned during my assignments as a POLAD at the Pentagon, “one team, one fight.”  Here are some excerpts from Major General Haas’s testimony that will likely interest Public Diplomacy people.

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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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