Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Wednesday, December 7th 2016
Guest Post by Todd Leventhal
Todd Leventhal worked countering Soviet, Iraqi, and other disinformation and conspiracy theories at the U.S. Information Agency from 1987 to 1996 and for the State Department from 2002 to 2010 and during 2015. He now works at the Global Engagement Center, an interagency organization within the State Department that seeks to use messaging to decrease recruitment to ISIS and other terrorist groups.Read More
Friday, December 2nd 2016
Reliable public information is under threat by social trends and by people in power who are exploiting vulnerabilities in the media around the globe. That is the gist of comments from yesterday’s panel discussion sponsored by the Center for International Media Assistance.
The panel – titled “Democracy and the Media Challenge in the 21st Century” -- painted a picture brought to mind that movie “The Perfect Storm:” a set of conditions that add up to a lethal mix. The old paradigm of government repression is only one part of the picture, according to panelists.Read More
Thursday, December 1st 2016
Remarks at the Broadcasting Board of Governors public board meeting on November 30, 2016:
Mr. Chairman, Governors, ladies and gentlemen.
My name is Adam Clayton Powell III, and I am President of the Public Diplomacy Council and Director of Washington Programs for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. But these remarks today reflect only my views and not those of either organization.Read More
Wednesday, November 30th 2016
Jeff Shell, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, announced at today’s open board meeting that this could be the last meeting of the BBG board.
Under legislation introduced that was to be considered this afternoon, the BBG board members would only serve until the end of their terms – and all board members’ terms have already expired. That means there would be no board, effective immediately.Read More
Tuesday, November 29th 2016
Susan Stevenson began her Foreign Service career at the U.S. Information Agency and adapted her craft to the Department of State, where she prospered. Susan Stevenson is currently Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Public Affairs. In this article, published earlier this month and repeated her with her permisision, she looks back over her career and the changes in world politics and media that have elevated the role of public diplomacy.
Why Public Diplomacy Matters More than Ever
When I joined the United States Information Agency in 1992, public diplomacy was not seen as equal to other cones in the Foreign Service. My entry-level training class was separate from that of my State Department colleagues, with whom we interacted only twice: an overnight trip to Harper’s Ferry to simulate working in an embassy and our graduation ceremony in the Ben Franklin Room. State Department counterparts wondered if we public diplomacy officers had to take the Foreign Service Exam (we did) and whether we hadn’t scored as well. Early in my training, a State colleague learned I had an Ivy League degree and was surprised I hadn’t joined State instead, not knowing I had turned down three State offers before joining USIA.Read More