From Soviet Propaganda to the "Firehose of Russian Falsehood"

Scott M. Rauland, U.S. State Department Senior Advisor for the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, discussed American public diplomacy initiatives in Eastern Europe before a capacity crowd at First Monday Forum on June 5 at the American Foreign Service Association.

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What can Trump and Clinton learn from diplomats?

Friday, September 9th 2016

Donna Oglesby, Diplomat in Residence at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, has published a book chapter just in time for this Presidential campaign.  Here is Donna's take on the value of diplomatic rhetoric.

 

"A community that believes understanding, informing, and influencing foreign publics and dialogue between Americans and United States’ institutions and their counterparts abroad is worthwhile is a community using and living within public, that is to say political, language.  Diplomats, above all are committed to the idea that contradictions in interests and values can often be worked out rationally, using language.  We believe that effective verbal and non-verbal language can lubricate the great and smaller gears enmeshing separated political communities into a single international system within which differences can be addressed without conflict.

"Given our understanding of political language as an instrument used to explain and persuade, what are we to make of this presidential election season, indeed, this year in global politics?  Like Alice in a strange new land, I feel the need to question the all-knowing Cheshire Cat: "what sort of people live about here?" to which the cat replies "in that direction lives a Hatter, and in that direction, lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad!".

"Mad or not, their language defines the realm in which diplomats now work. Perhaps it’s time to take a longer look at Diplomatic Language. Join me in Chapter 20 of the new Sage Handbook of Diplomacy."

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Quotable: EuromaidanPress on Russian foreign and domestic propaganda (article and video)

Sunday, September 4th 2016

“Russian propaganda for Russians has a very different tone than the stuff the Russian state serves up to foreigners.”  This key insight was elaborated in May 5, 2016, article in Euromaidan Press, “A guide to Russian propaganda. Part 1: Propaganda prepares Russia for war,”  The article drew on Kseniya Kirillova’s list of seven propaganda strategies, supplemented by lists of “disinformation episodes gathered by EU Stratcom’s Disinformation Review.”  The article also introduced a video.  Here are a few bullet points from the full article:

 

  • Russian propaganda for Russians has a very different tone than the stuff the Russian state serves up to foreigners. This is partially because they serve very different purposes.
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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: Alex Leonor on “Whataboutism” in Russian propaganda (article and video)

Sunday, September 4th 2016

“During the Cold War, westerners dealing with the Soviet Union grew frustrated at the automatic Soviet response to comments that were even slightly critical towards the USSR. The Soviets would say “what about …” before bringing up some supposed example of western hypocrisy.”  Alex Leonor fleshed out this phenomenon in an August 31, 2016, article, “A guide to Russian propaganda. Part 2: Whataboutism,” run in Euromaidan Press.  The whole article included six illustrative examples, omitted from this short gist.  It also introduced a video that explained the concept.

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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: 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

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