Sunday, December 18th 2016
Making a Difference
Donald M. Bishop
A few years ago the Washington Post ran an article describing the difficulty that "young altruists" in their late 20's encounter as they try to leverage their desire to make the world a better place into careers. Despite advanced degrees, languages, internships, short-term work with NGOs, and Peace Corps service, finding work with good pay and benefits is elusive, the article reported.Read More
Monday, November 7th 2016
“Strategic communication and public diplomacy are quite small research fields, but by looking at commonalities between them, and with place branding and international development, there is suddenly a much broader market interested in your research.”
Monday, November 7th 2016
"The U.S. should revive funding for public and private institutions of higher education in underdeveloped countries, with emphasis on programs pertaining to governance and security, and bring back USAID and private scholarship programs."
Subtitle: Educating foreigners in the U.S. and sending them back to the Third World was working. It couldn’t last.Read More
Sunday, October 9th 2016
In September, 2016, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security of the Atlantic Council published a report The Future of the Army: Today, Tomorrow, and the Day after Tomorrow by retired Army Lieutenant General David Barno and Nora Bensahel, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at American University’s School of International Service.
The two bluntly assessed national security challenges in the near, medium, and long term. Shaping the Army and its overseas basing and logistics postures to meet these challenges will no doubt require substantial collaboration with the Department of State.
There are, however, no mentions of “diplomacy,” “diplomatic,” “public affairs,” “public relations,” or “civil affairs” in the report.
Neither are there mentions of “information operations,” “international development,” “disinformation,” “propaganda,” or “stabilization.” There is a single glancing mention of “interagency.”Read More
Sunday, August 28th 2016
“. . . policymakers need to better understand both how religion affects issues of security and stability, and equally important, how to encourage and reinforce non-violent, tolerant expressions of faith,” said Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, in remarks – “Religious Extremism in Africa” -- at the Center for Strategic and International Security in Washington on August 1, 2016. It’s an important speech.
In the past, many Foreign Service Officers were uncomfortable discussing the religion factor in international affairs, citing “separation of church and state.” Sewall made the case that while “the United States favors no particular faith,” and it must “reject framing the problem solely around religious ideology,” it must engage with religious communities and leaders. Her speech elaborated how Public Diplomacy, development, and diplomacy work together to counter religiously-motivated violent extremism. The full speech is worth reading, but here are some bullet points:Read More