Monday, June 12th 2017
Here's an analysis by Council Member Alan Heil based on our First Monday Forum last week.
In a briefing to a record crowd at the First Monday forum of the Public Diplomacy Council and USC’s Annenberg School June 5, the State Department’s senior advisor to the Helsinki Commission laid out principles for meeting those challenges.
As Scott Rauland put it: “Don’t expect to combat the firehose of falsehoods with a squirt gun of truth.”
The senior diplomat applauded the February rollout of Current Time, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and VOA joint 24-hour multimedia stream in Russian to more than 30 affiliates in countries surrounding Russia and two million users in that country via satellite.
With expanded resources, the “squirt gun of truth” may yet, with adequate investment, become a veritable water cannon of high quality, objective news, helping to foster a thirst for truth. Advancing freedom and democracy, fighting poverty and disease and raising the hopes of millions around the globe clearly is vital to U.S. national defense.Read More
Monday, October 10th 2016
“I had told him then, and I meant it, that he was 'a diplomat extraordinaire.' His sense of timing and his ability to get inside his interlocutor’s head and heart were a beauty to behold. Ali combined a sense of strategy, learned from the ring, with the unparalleled ability to muster popular support, above and beyond any government’s policy. This dynamite combination gave him power and entrée no ordinary diplomat can muster.”
Headline: Travels with The Champ in Africa, 1980
Subhead: The late Muhammad Ali was a diplomat extraordinaire, as this firsthand account of a mission to Africa attests.Read More
Friday, October 7th 2016
“Jingoist newspaper articles, or thoughtlessly provocative speeches in Congress, may become propaganda in reverse.”
Essay: The American Effort Challenged
Subhead: Responsibility of individual AmericansRead More
Sunday, October 2nd 2016
Nowhere is this emerging tide of new African leader more manifest than with the nearly 2000 young women and men from every country in sub-Saharan Africa who have been selected as Mandela Washington Fellows of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) since 2014.
Sunday, October 2nd 2016
. . . the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), the program initially was designed to bring 500 young leaders to the U.S. for six weeks of executive leadership training at U.S. universities and four days in Washington to meet with each other, leaders in the administration, and to have a town hall with the president. In 2016, the program was increased to 1,000 fellows.