Tuesday, November 24th 2015
News Item (AP, 25 Jun 2015) -- June is something like Hate America Month in North Korea.
Officially, it’s called “Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism Month” and — more so than usual — it’s a time for North Koreans to swarm to war museums, mobilize for gatherings denouncing the evils of the United States and join in a general, nationwide whipping up of anti-American sentiment.Read More
Friday, November 6th 2015
On October 9, 2015, Greg Scarlatoiu, the executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, posted a report, “Muddying the Waters: North Korea’s Deceptive Media Offensive,” on his organization’s website. He refuted North Korean charges of the kidnapping of a waitress at a North Korean state-owned restaurant in Phnom Penh, using the case study to reveal the larger “media offensive” and disinformation that serve the purposes of the North Korean regime.Read More
Friday, November 6th 2015
To think offense – and for concepts “outside the box” – call a Marine.
“In an information wilderness in which massive battles of ideas are raging and ideas are used as weapons, a defensive strategy is only part of the solution. The services must go on the offense in more than just covert and clandestine intelligence and cyber actions. They need the capability to launch or strongly support ideas as well, and should do so through the most effective medium they have: the individual soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine.”
This radical call for decentralization and empowerment was made by Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel G. John David, a student at the Inter-American Defense College, in an article, “Taking the Offensive,” in the October, 2015, issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. He described the current Joint Information Environment (JIE) as a well-protected, defensive “stockade.” Borrowing from the concept of the “strategic corporal” as a key to the success of American arms, he argued that an offensive posture must rely on individuals rather than tight message control.Read More
Thursday, October 8th 2015
Public Diplomacy and the Gathering Storms
Donald M. Bishop
Sir Winston Churchill, looking back at Europe in the 1930s, wrote of “the gathering storm.” In our time, there’s not one storm gathering, but many.
Saturday, March 14th 2015
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea, Jang Jing-sung, “a former North Korean propaganda poet,” spoke at the Institute of World Politics in Washington on February 4, 2015. His presentation is available on video, and it was summarized by IWP below.