Thursday, January 19th 2017
The most effective western responses to the challenge of Kremlin media fall across three categories of action: exposure of Russian disinformation, engagement with endangered populations and enhancement of local media.
Author: Nicholas CullRead 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
Thursday, June 9th 2016
“They are the most hated group in Chinese cyberspace. They are, to hear their ideological opponents tell it, ‘fiercely ignorant,’ keen to ‘insert themselves in everything,’ and preen as if they were ‘spokesmen for the country.’” This opened David Wertime’s May 19, 2016, article, “Meet the Chinese Trolls Pumping Out 488 Million Fake Social Media Posts,” on Foreign Policy’s Tea Leaf Nation website. Here are a few highlights:Read More
Tuesday, April 12th 2016
The popularity and impact of American jazz has been an instrument of soft power for decades, and that was the focus of discussion among musicians, broadcasters and educators who participated in this month's PDC / USC First Monday forum.
Trumpeter and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens [http://jimmyowensjazz.com/] said that audiences in other countries repeatedly surprise musicians with their familiarity with American music.Read More
Sunday, December 20th 2015
There’s an abundant historical literature on Public Diplomacy, and a July 24, 2015, report published by the Legatum Institute, “Counter Propaganda: Cases from US Public Diplomacy and Beyond,” provides a crisp historical review. The author is Professor Nicholas Cull of the University of Southern California, well known as the author of the magisterial The Cold War and the United States Information Agency 1945-1989 (Cambridge University Press, 2008). For Public Diplomacy, propaganda, and counter-propaganda, the report includes principles, case studies, historical lessons learned, and recommendations in only 12 pages of text.
Professor Cull’s review of propaganda through the 1930s is full of cautionary examples, well explains the word’s negative associations, and summarizes the post-World War I debate to define what is licit and illicit. The compact section on World War II and the longer portion on the Cold War are full of instructive examples – too many forgotten – that still echo in America’s approach to Public Diplomacy.Read More