Sunday, November 27th 2016
“Misunderstanding what makes our enemies tick is old hat in Washington.”
Headline: Why Vladimir Putin Hates Us
Subhead: Western inability to grasp what motivates our enemies is nothing newRead More
Tuesday, November 8th 2016
“The United States disbanded the U.S. Information Agency after the Cold War and currently fields no apparatus to detect and mitigate Russia’s social media influence campaign. As seen in America’s disjointed counter narratives against the Islamic State, efforts to create any kind of U.S. information strategy are plagued by disparate and uncoordinated efforts strewn among many military, diplomatic, and intelligence commands. American cyber operations and hacking reside separately with the National Security Agency. Russia, on the other hand, seamlessly integrates the two efforts to devastating effect.”
Editor’s note: This is a rich article that should be read in full by all Public Diplomacy practitioners and scholars. Not all heavy reading, it’s leavened with social and cyber analysis; examples drawn from from White House petitions and the price of Disney stock; examples of white, gray, and black propaganda; and even the Russian use of “honeypots.”
Subhead: Trump isn’t the end of Russia’s information war against America. They are just getting started.Read More
Sunday, September 25th 2016
“This article is an introduction to three of the most important enemies we face today and who we will also face in the future, and how these actors use IW and unconventional warfare (UW) against our interests: the Islamic State, China, and Russia."
Sunday, September 11th 2016
“Saudi Arabia’s export of the rigid, bigoted, patriarchal, fundamentalist strain of Islam known as Wahhabism has fueled global extremism and contributed to terrorism. As the Islamic State projects its menacing calls for violence into the West, directing or inspiring terrorist attacks in country after country, an old debate over Saudi influence on Islam has taken on new relevance.”
This was just one conclusion of a long and extensive New York Times report by reporter Scott Shane. With summaries of reports on Wahhabism, Saudi religious influence, past U.S. actions that may have contributed to the rise of Islamism, Saudi textbooks, and support for mosques and religious schools around the world, this report is worth reading in full.
Subhead: Critics see Saudi Arabia’s export of a rigid strain of Islam as contributing to terrorism, but the kingdom’s influence depends greatly on local conditions.Read More
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