U.S. school kids connect with peers in 18 other countries

World Class Scholars, an online educational exchange program for students in elementary through high-school grades, is an example of public diplomacy at the U.S. state and local level.  Phil Noble, a teacher, activist and entrepreneur from South Carolina, told the First Monday Forum about this initiative on August 7.

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Classic Quotable: U.S. Broadcasting during the 1956 Uprising in Hungary (1972)

Monday, April 10th 2017

The Suez crisis, unrest in Poland, and the Hungarian uprising “dominated the international news” in 1956.  This review of U.S. broadcasting at the time noted “in terms of international communications, the most important was the Hungarian uprising.”  The authors counseled that “If policy is unclear, the audience may misperceive it even when operators do not.  Reactions may be harmful to the interests of both the communicator and the receivers.”

 

Article:                  Foreign Policy and Communications During the Hungarian Uprising

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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

Classic Quotable: Edward G. Lansdale on how Americans are seen “Through Foreign Eyes” (1963)

Saturday, April 8th 2017

Major General Edward G. Lansdale (1908-1987) – an Air Force intelligence officer whose career included service in the Philippines during the Huk Rebellion and in Vietnam during that war – was a major thinker and practitioner in counterinsurgency.  He emphasized “hearts and minds,” psychological operations, and civic actions.  When William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick wrote their influential novel, The Ugly American, “Colonel Hillendale” was modeled on Lansdale.

 

A memorandum that Lansdale penned in 1963 is frequently cited by scholars, but it has not been available on the web.  Lansdale wrote the memorandum for military advisors in Vietnam, but its profile of the images, traits, and behaviors of Americans – touching on professional competence, language skills, accessibility, empathy, directness, enthusiasm, adaptability, patience, humor, temper, and politics -- is evergreen.  So is his counsel to “know the country” and “be a good guest.”

 

Title:              MEMORANDUM, From Maj. Gen. Lansdale, Subject: Through Foreign Eyes

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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

Guest post: John Matel on First Monday's deans panel

Thursday, April 6th 2017

John Matel, who retired one year ago from a career in public diplomacy as a Foreign Service Officer, left this impression of our most recent First Monday Forum with three deans of international relations schools discussing trends in teaching.

[Taken from Facebook, with John Matel's permission]

Keeping some contact with my earlier life in public diplomacy, I went to “First Monday” held at AFSA and sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Council. This episode featured deans of schools that teach public diplomacy: James Goldgeier of American University, Joel Hellman of Georgetown, and Reuben Brigety II of George Washington talking about what they are teaching these days.

I have long said that public diplomacy is not rocket science. Almost everything we do in public diplomacy is simple and most of it is obvious. Doing it is not so easy. A comparison might be my cooking skills versus those of Gordon Ramsey. We can both use the same recipe, but I suspect his results might be better.

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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

Classic Quotable: Bert Cooper on “Teamwork in Santo Domingo,” 1965

Thursday, April 6th 2017

The collaboration between the U.S. Information Service in Santo Domingo (USIS/Santo Domingo) and the Army’s 1st Psychological Warfare Battalion during this period was a classic case of successful interagency cooperation in a crisis situation.

 

Title:                     Teamwork in Santo Domingo

 

Author:                Bert H. Cooper, Jr.

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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: Paul Boothroyd on messaging during the Malayan insurgency

Thursday, April 6th 2017

Information operations in Malaya were a particularly effective tool that led to the surrender of many insurgents while simultaneously bringing the Chinese population of Malaya onto the side of the government.   However, this was the result of years of trial and error during which the British gradually adapted their message to meet the demands of the conflict.

 

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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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