Sunday, August 28th 2016
“Public Diplomacy (PD) and strategic communications (SC) are needed on a massive scale to combat international jihadism, future non-state actors and authoritarian state information agencies and efforts challenging the US identity and influence.” Writing on the inhomelandsecurity.com website on October 27, 2013, Brett Daniel Shehadey outlined some basic concepts of the D-I-M-E (Diplomatic, Information, Military, and Economic elements of national power) framework, and he took a special look at the weaknesses of the “I” and “D” elements. His essay was titled “Putting the “D” and “I” Back in DIME.” Three years after it was published, it’s still a good primer. Here are some highlights:Read More
Monday, May 23rd 2016
Totalitarian states have often launched “hearts and minds” campaigns against restive or occupied populations. David Ucko of the National Defense University examined several examples – the early Soviet Union, Chechnya, China’s policies toward the Uighurs, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and others – in a suggestive article, “Cruel to be Kind: Authoritarian Counterinsurgency and the Winning of Hearts and Minds,” on the lawfare.com website on May 22, 2016.Read More
Tuesday, February 9th 2016
“Kim Kardashian is retweeted more in three days than ISIL has done on social media since they were created,” said Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel on January 18, 2016, at Chatham House in London. Here are excerpts from his “Remarks on Waging a Digital Counterinsurgency.” He provided insights on the reach of Islamist social media, its key messaging, “myths about ISIL in the information space,” and the thinking behind the State Department’s new Global Engagement Center.Read More
Friday, December 11th 2015
In the new American Enterprise Institute report, “A Global Strategy for Combating al Qaeda and the Islamic State,” there’s no mention of “public diplomacy,” “communication,” “values,” “exchanges,” “education,” “media,” “broadcasting,” or “voice.” “Messaging” gets a single mention. “Informational” gets three. But a full Public Diplomacy agenda is implicit in the report’s 42 mentions of “ideology” or “ideological.”
Mary Halbeck, James Jay Carafano, Thomas Donnelly, Frederick W. Kagan, Kimberly Kagan, Thomas J. Mahnken, Katherine Zimmerman, Bruce Hoffman, and Seth Jones are the co-authors of the December 7, 2015 report. Here are some bullets that touch on Public Diplomacy’s role in a national strategy.
- . . . the United States needs a new strategy to stop ISIS, al Qaeda, and affiliated groups: a counterinsurgency with ideological, ssecurity, diplomatic, economic, and political components.
Thursday, December 10th 2015
“The time has come to mobilize our societies for the reality of what is facing us," wrote Andrew A. Michta, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. His article, “Will the West Mobilize to Defend Itself,” appeared on The American Interest website on November 15, 2015. He addressed several issues – the “wake up call for the West,” a ground campaign, and immigration to Europe among them. Here are his comments on ideology:Read More