Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Thursday, January 19th 2017
“You can call it ‘information warfare,’ ‘hybrid warfare,’ or ‘political warfare,’ but whatever you call it, an adversary’s attempts to shape the minds and will of people toward a political end is not new to the United States. Nor will this be the first time the United States sought to wield these weapons against its foes.”
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. . . by blocking the development and deployment of civilian and overt activities, Fulbright’s actions on the Freedom Academy and the Smith-Mundt Act have done more to militarize American foreign policy than any other single act by denying Congress, policymakers, and practitioners critical experience, methods, and historical precedent to properly defend the nation through nonmilitary means.
Author: Matthew ArmstrongRead More
Monday, January 16th 2017
Congratulations! You’re a State Department political officer with a new assignment. “Hopefulstan” has a history of corruption, but its citizens are eager to democratize, and you have the tools that American foreign service officers have always been able to rely on: a persuasive lecture about the importance of the rule of law, and equally persuasive warnings about how official corruption damages both civil society and foreign investment.
On top of all that, you have the prestige that comes with representing the United States of America, which is known and admired worldwide for advocating those values.
After only a week at your new post, however, you find things are worse than you thought. Hopefulstan’s corruption is widespread at high levels...Read More
Sunday, January 15th 2017
“Number one, the Russians sought to interfere with the election process -- that the cyber hacking that took place by the Russians was part of that campaign, and that they had a clear preference in terms of outcomes.”
Interviewed by: George StephanopoulosRead More
Friday, January 13th 2017
As history has repeatedly demonstrated, realistic and well-informed consideration of and investment in American public diplomacy, not steroids, make U.S. counter-propaganda successful.
Author: Nicholas J. CullRead More
Wednesday, January 11th 2017
Last Monday at the launch of the Council's new book, our panel moderator, Dan Whitman of American University, noted that the various chapters provide a "What's In What's Out" listicle for public diplomacy. Dan pulled the words below from the various distinguished authors who contributed chapters.
Take a look and tell us...Read More