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Public Diplomacy’s Oral History Interviews

Monday, November 21st 2016

Public Diplomacy’s Oral History Interviews

 

Donald M. Bishop

 

It’s a commonplace that most historical studies of U.S. public diplomacy have focused on Washington policies, themes, leaders, and decisions. 

 

They have thus slighted how policies were implemented “in the field” -- in other nations, regions, and societies.  There’s not much written on how Public Diplomacy officers at U.S. embassies, consulates, and American centers presented the United States to the people of other societies or how they advanced U.S. policies.

 

Those who want to gain insight into Public Diplomacy as it is implemented overseas will find a valuable resource in the extensive oral history program of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.  ASDT’s offices are on the Arlington campus of the George Schultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center.  (In the State Department, the NFATC is usually called the Foreign Service Institute, FSI.)

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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

A Renaissance in the West's International Media?

Sunday, November 20th 2016

Exactly one week following the unexpected election victory of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president, there were two announcements that signal or reflect striking reforms in Western government-funded multimedia broadcasting to the world.

The two largest global networks, the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America, each shared stunning news about their government’s resolve to counter disinformation through honest reporting and reflection of world events and in their own countries. 

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Alan L. Heil Jr.

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Summary: As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 125 million people in 44 languages.

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Author: Alan Heil

The view from Beijing: In China, Trump dominated reporting of the U.S. political campaign

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Chinese media coverage of the U.S. election campaign was dominated by Donald Trump, according to two American journalists who have spent years in Asia.

Michael Ottey, a Beijing-based editor and writer at China Daily for the past tweo years, said his Chinese colleagues argued every day for more coverage for Trump, and his role was to try to balance it with coverage of the Clinton campaign.

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Adam Clayton Powell III

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Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and directs the Center's Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

Quotable: General Sir Adrian Bradshaw on NATO’s information operations

Saturday, November 12th 2016

“. . . NATO does not do propaganda. Our information operations are designed to convey the truth, which is in stark contrast to what the Russians do.”

 

Headline:     'All Manner of Contingencies'

 

Subhead:      An Interview with General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, Royal Army

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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: New Strategic Communications handbook

Saturday, November 12th 2016

“Talk is cheap – it is easier to say you will do something than to actually do it. However, it is the result of what we do rather than announcements or promises that counts most. People want to see an outcome, an effect that satisfies their needs or at least meets their expectations.”

 

Headline:     Military Strategic Communication in Coalition Operations – A Practitioners Handbook (Draft Version 0.2)

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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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