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Exposing Russian Social Media Operations

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Years ago, during the Cold War, Soviet propaganda continually portrayed the United States and NATO nations as militaristic, provacative and dangerously over-armed.  Every new Western weapons system and Congressional appropriation became more grist for Soviet-sponsored psyops mills around the world, while the USSR's and Warsaw Pact's own military spending and armaments research were cloaked in secrecy.

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Summary: A career public diplomacy officer, Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and manages communication strategies for private clients. 

Career 

Ambassador Brian E. Carlson, a former Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service, currently assists international media and audience analysis firm InterMedia on defense and diplomatic sector activities. 

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Author: Brian Carlson

Classic Quotable: U.S. Broadcasting during the 1956 Uprising in Hungary (1972)

Monday, April 10th 2017

The Suez crisis, unrest in Poland, and the Hungarian uprising “dominated the international news” in 1956.  This review of U.S. broadcasting at the time noted “in terms of international communications, the most important was the Hungarian uprising.”  The authors counseled that “If policy is unclear, the audience may misperceive it even when operators do not.  Reactions may be harmful to the interests of both the communicator and the receivers.”

 

Article:                  Foreign Policy and Communications During the Hungarian Uprising

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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: James Ludes on Russian political warfare to discredit liberal democracy

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

“Putin has borrowed a page from America’s Cold War playbook and seeks to expose the rot within the West, and especially within the United States, as a means of destroying Western cohesion, diminishing American influence and leadership, and reinforcing Russia.  The means employed by Russia are modern, including hacking and cyber-espionage, but, at its core, this is an influence operation of the kind embraced by the United States in the first decade of the Cold War.”

 

Headline:     The Russians Read our Cold War Playbook

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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: CSIS Scholars on “The Kremlin Playbook”

Sunday, October 30th 2016

A new report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), The Kremlin Playbook by Heather A. Conley, James Mina, Ruslan Stefanov, and Martin Vladimirov, reframes Russian influence in Central and Eastern Europe. 

 

According to the four scholars, “. . . Russia has cultivated an opaque web of economic and political patronage across the region that the Kremlin uses to influence and direct decisionmaking. This web resembles a network-flow model—or “unvirtuous circle”—which the Kremlin can use to influence (if not control) critical state institutions, bodies, and economies, as well as shape national policies and decisions that serve its interests while actively discrediting the Western liberal democratic system.”

 

Although the media and Russian disinformation are mentioned only briefly, the report demonstrates how they fit into a larger Russian design.

 

Finally, the report’s recommendation that assistance programs focus on “maintaining and strengthening investigative journalism and independence of the media environment” should be highly suggestive for U.S. Public Diplomacy, exchanges, and international broadcasting.

 

Headline:     The Kremlin Playbook

 

Subhead:      Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe

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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

Announcing: Images of Public Diplomacy Exhibit

Thursday, October 13th 2016

We are excited to invite you to submit your photographs for display in the Public Diplomacy Council’s 2017 photographic exhibition,  Images of Public Diplomacy: Ideas, Experiences, Relationships

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Board member 

Summary: A career public diplomacy officer, Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and manages communication strategies for private clients. 

Career 

Ambassador Brian E. Carlson, a former Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service, currently assists international media and audience analysis firm InterMedia on defense and diplomatic sector activities. 

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Author: Brian Carlson

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