Saturday, January 7th 2017
"‘The United States is more secure, more respected, and more engaged in the world than we were when President Obama took office eight years ago. We have brought the international community together to confront the most serious challenges we face and to seize the most significant opportunities that will shape our future.’
Headline: Cabinet Exit Memo
Author: Secretary of State John KerryRead More
Saturday, October 22nd 2016
“Overcoming the decades of mistrust will entail a longer, determined campaign that draws on the full range of public diplomacy tools. Consistent engagement, and building people-to-people ties through exchanges are obvious solution, though such programs have been cut back in recent years as funding for Iraq dried up after the 2011 military withdrawal.”
Subhead: Part I of a two-part series looking at American public diplomacy in Iraq.Read More
Sunday, October 9th 2016
“In many communities around the globe, the influence of radical Salafism – often fueled by outsiders – is signaled by controls on women: denying girls access to education or the workplace, insisting that females dress in a particular way, encouraging gender-based violence, including child marriage and female genital mutilation and cutting.”
Sunday, September 4th 2016
A White House initiative. A network of partners. A regional conference. A unique report.
A lively and informative May, 2016, report issued by Hedayah, “Counter-Narratives for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in South East Asia,” uniquely blended applied principles of communication with national and community case studies. Hedayah in Abu Dhabi “aims to be the premier international center for expertise and experience to counter violent extremism by promoting understanding and sharing of good practice.” Sara Zeiger was the Contributing Editor of the report.
The report highlighted work by All Together Now (Australia), Muslim Community Radio 2MFM (Australia), Mothers’ Schools (Indonesia), Gusdurian Network (Indonesia), the movie “Latitude 6” (Thailand), and A Common Word (Jordan). It discussed formal and informal channels of communication and the role of diasporas.Read More
Monday, August 29th 2016
“After online efforts fizzle, government turns to encouraging others to join battle to counteract the terrorist group’s propaganda,” is the subhead of an August 28, 2016, article, “U.S. Revamps Line of Attack in Social-Media Fight Against Islamic State,” by Nicole Hong in The Wall Street Journal. Her summary highlights the doctrinal shift – away from direct USG messaging toward working with partners. Both the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security are engaged. This short gist necessarily omits many informative details, but here are some bullet points:
- Recent initiatives by technology companies to push back against Islamic State’s social-media messaging highlight a sobering fact: The U.S. government’s battle on that front has mostly sputtered.