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
Sunday, December 20th 2015
There’s an abundant historical literature on Public Diplomacy, and a July 24, 2015, report published by the Legatum Institute, “Counter Propaganda: Cases from US Public Diplomacy and Beyond,” provides a crisp historical review. The author is Professor Nicholas Cull of the University of Southern California, well known as the author of the magisterial The Cold War and the United States Information Agency 1945-1989 (Cambridge University Press, 2008). For Public Diplomacy, propaganda, and counter-propaganda, the report includes principles, case studies, historical lessons learned, and recommendations in only 12 pages of text.
Professor Cull’s review of propaganda through the 1930s is full of cautionary examples, well explains the word’s negative associations, and summarizes the post-World War I debate to define what is licit and illicit. The compact section on World War II and the longer portion on the Cold War are full of instructive examples – too many forgotten – that still echo in America’s approach to Public Diplomacy.Read More
Sunday, November 17th 2013
As the nation pauses to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy fifty years ago, Public Diplomacy practitioners will recall the famous film made by Bruce Herschensohn for the U.S. Information Agency after the President's death, John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums.
The 86-minute memorial documentary recalled the achievements of the President as the "Years of Lightning." The "Day of Drums" was the day of the President's burial at Arlington Cemetery. The documentary highlighted six "faces" of President Kennedy's New Frontier -- the Peace Corps, the conquest of space, the Alliance for Progress, civil rights, freedom, and peace.Read More