Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Thursday, February 2nd 2017
"The news may be good for us. The news may be bad. But we shall tell you the truth.”
These words were uttered 75 years ago in the first broadcast by the Voice of America. They still guide the U.S. Government's flagship foreign media organization in its output, now spanning all the digital media as well as traditional broadcast channels.
Whether you would like to discover the VOA or be reminded of its history, here's a blog post to get you started.Read More
Sunday, January 29th 2017
In November 2016, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), along with the Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) at the University of Southern California, convened public diplomacy thought leaders currently working in and out of government to assess the successes of PD in the outgoing administration, and make recommendations for a future course.
Subhead: Building Alliances, Fighting Extremism, and Dispelling Disinformation
Authors: Katherine A. Brown, Shannon N. Green, and Jian “Jay” Wang
Source: Center for Strategic and International StudiesRead More
Sunday, January 29th 2017
What can we do about news so toxic that it moves people to take up arms to investigate conspiracies? Unfortunately, the simple answers are inadequate, and some are downright counterproductive. Instead, any successful approach to fake news demands that we treat these three different diseases with different techniques.
Headline: Fake news is a red herringRead More
Saturday, January 28th 2017
It is possible that the State Department Global Engagement Center could provide a good model for the coordination, integration, and synchronization of messaging but it will require a focus beyond counterterrorism and a home that can truly have access to senior interagency leadership rather than being buried in the bureaucracy. In whatever form, the new capability must operate with the agility of a new-media start-up.
Authors: Jim Ludes and Mark JacobsonRead More
Wednesday, January 25th 2017
Last month President Obama signed a law abolishing the Broadcasting Board of Governors; see for example http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-30-16/bbg-oversigh...
Yet today the (perhaps nonexistent) BBG named a new chairman; see https://www.bbg.gov/2017/01/25/bbg-announces-new-acting-board-chairman/
As President Obama noted when he signed the bill into law last month, Constitutional barriers may prevent Congress abolishing BBG. But he signed the bill anyway. And now?Read More