Saturday, January 28th 2017
It is possible that the State Department Global Engagement Center could provide a good model for the coordination, integration, and synchronization of messaging but it will require a focus beyond counterterrorism and a home that can truly have access to senior interagency leadership rather than being buried in the bureaucracy. In whatever form, the new capability must operate with the agility of a new-media start-up.
Authors: Jim Ludes and Mark JacobsonRead More
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
Sunday, September 18th 2016
“. . . in authoritarian countries where alternative narratives are forbidden, official attempts to demonise foreigners and ‘others’ can be especially dangerous. In the past week, the Chinese government has launched several viral online videos that blame ‘western hostile forces’ for a host of ills and supposed conspiracies within China.”
Headline: Anti-Americanism Rises in China
Subhead: Beijing is stoking anti-Western sentiments, and Jamil Anderlini at the Financial Times is concerned:Read More
Wednesday, July 27th 2016
Looking back at the March, 2015, report issued by the Council on Foreign Relations, “Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China,” there was no mention of Public Diplomacy. The report’s authors, Robert D. Blackwill and Ashley J. Tellis, did mention a role for military exchanges – but as measures to strengthen U.S. relations with nations on China’s periphery. Nonetheless, Public Diplomacy specialists should be interested in the section of the report that touches on social control, perceptions of threat from American democracy and rule of law programs, and domestic propaganda.Read More
Wednesday, June 22nd 2016
“The new propagandists who dominated the Russian media were formed by the experience of the trauma of the 1990s and the loss of the certainties of the Soviet past,” wrote Russian journalist Andrey Arkhangelskiy, affiliated with the Carnegie Moscow Center in an essay, “Out From the Underground: Russia’s New Propagandists,” that appeared on the StopFake.org website on June 14, 2016. “Their ideology is a fusion of Soviet and imperial Russian ideas. Its chief intellectual weakness is that it must link Russian success to the failure of the West and democracy,” he added. Here are more insights:
- For the last two years, propaganda in the Russian media has been much more aggressive and nationalistic.