Edward R. Murrow

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Quotable: James Stavridis on Public Diplomacy at the Fletcher School

Friday, June 17th 2016

In a recent letter to the President of the Public Diplomacy Council, the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, retired Admiral James Stavridis, reviewed their teaching of Public Diplomacy.  For all the details, see Admiral Stavridis’s letter.  Here are some highlights:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: James Glassman on reviving the U.S. Information Agency

Monday, May 2nd 2016

Speaking of “constraining ISIS on the Internet,” former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs James Glassman, currently a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, now says “that it’s doubtful we’ll succeed until we’ve got the right structure in place. I am not someone who believes that the proper bureaucratic set-up solves all problems, but it’s evident that you can’t get anything accomplished until there is someone in charge who has responsibility, authority, resources, the backing of the president and clear objectives.”  “The current system,” he notes, “provides exactly none of these.”

 

His essay, “Bring Back the USIA, and Defeat ISIS ,” ran on the InsideSources website on April 18, 2016.  Some highlights follow:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Classic Quotable: Edward R. Murrow -- “history has no patience” (1963)

Saturday, January 30th 2016

On May 17, 1963, the Director of the U.S. Information Agency, Edward R. Murrow, sent a memorandum to David E. Bell, Director of the Bureau of the Budget, asking for additional funds.  They were needed because of “the crushing defeat of the Cuban landings” at the Bay of Pigs and the “deteriorating political and military situation in Southeast Asia.”  James Warren analyzed the memorandum in an article, “The Struggle to Propagate the Truth,” which appeared on the website of U.S. News and World Report on December 30, 2015.  Warren’s article included a link to Murrow’s six-page memorandum, originally marked “Confidential.”  The memorandum included a peroration:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Robert Gates on “starved,” “disarmed,” and “dismantled” strategic communication

Saturday, January 23rd 2016

On January 20, 2016, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gave the Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Journalist Tom Brokaw welcomed Secretary Gates and moderated the Q&A session.  Gates saluted the work of USIA during the Cold War and offered some thoughts on the consequences of weakened strategic communications.  Public diplomacy and broadcasting practitioners will be interested in these excerpts:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: John Paluszek on a communication and messaging program to counter ISIS

Thursday, January 14th 2016

“There is arguably no more critical communication mission in the world today than countering ISIS online recruiting propaganda,” wrote John Paluszek – a former President of the Public Relations Society of America, now Senior Counsel at Ketchum Public Relations -- in “Mission: Block ISIS online propaganda; develop counter messages that resonate,” on January 11, 2016, on the businessinsociety.net website.  He opened with the words of Edward R. Murrow:  “The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.”

 

  • . . . communication technology, although vitally important, is only half of the task of countering ISIS propaganda. The other half is that a carefully-crafted message must be beamed proactively and continuously online -- and via many other media   -- to ISIS potential recruits around the world. It will be an arduous task, requiring the best thinking on how to change attitudes and generate favorable outcomes.
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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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