Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
The Public Diplomacy Council's has released its newest publication, Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future.
Sunday, December 18th 2016
Making a Difference
Donald M. Bishop
A few years ago the Washington Post ran an article describing the difficulty that "young altruists" in their late 20's encounter as they try to leverage their desire to make the world a better place into careers. Despite advanced degrees, languages, internships, short-term work with NGOs, and Peace Corps service, finding work with good pay and benefits is elusive, the article reported.Read More
Saturday, December 17th 2016
The change to the governance structure of the Broadcasting Board of Governors through an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act has raised some concerns that the BBG might turn inward to target American audiences through domestic broadcasting. An article at Politico stated that because of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2013, "the BBG can now broadcast in the U.S., too.” Fox’s Howard Kurtz was more accurate in writing that the three year-old amendment means that the "BBG's content can also be broadcast in the United States.” The first is inaccurate the second is slightly misleading. Here is why.Read More
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