Thursday, April 6th 2017
Information operations in Malaya were a particularly effective tool that led to the surrender of many insurgents while simultaneously bringing the Chinese population of Malaya onto the side of the government. However, this was the result of years of trial and error during which the British gradually adapted their message to meet the demands of the conflict.
Sunday, November 27th 2016
“The Russian authorities are vitally interested in promoting the idea of a new cold war with the west for domestic and foreign policy interests. . . . However, there are at least three significant differences between the Cold War period and the current situation.”
Headline: This is not a new Cold War
Subhead: Fresh talk of a new Cold War between Russia and the west relies on outdated thinking and ignores new realities.Read More
Thursday, September 22nd 2016
“One of the great American fallacies is the notion, prevalent among people in all walks of life, that all we need to do is to explain ourselves, our policies, and our way of life to foreign peoples and they will love us--or at least will understand and sympathize with our point of view.”
Headline: “What the U.S. Information Program Cannot Do”Read More
Sunday, August 28th 2016
Public diplomacy, public affairs, U.S. international broadcasting, and the armed forces’ information operations all – in different ways, different settings, and to different audiences – seek to make the case and win support for U.S. goals. Our hazardous times require a closer alignment of these various disciplines, so Public Diplomacy practitioners must be familiar with each.
Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel James R. McGrath, writing in Joint Force Quarterly, performed a valuable service by tracing some of the professional issues that challenge information operations in a July 1, 2016, article, “Twenty-First Century Information Warfare and the Third Offset Strategy.”
There’s no direct mention of Public Diplomacy, but the article’s sorting through the “third offset,” “psychological warfare,” “C2 warfare,” “denial and deception,” “cyber warfare,” “engagement,” and “IE situational awareness” is surely suggestive. For instance, Lieutenant Colonel McGrath identifies shortcomings in “strategic shaping.” Public Diplomacy practitioners don’t use that term, but it might describe how Public Affairs Officers and embassies and consulates implement an integrated country strategy.Read More
Sunday, July 10th 2016
“The Russian military operation against Ukraine, which resulted in the annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the continuous warfare in Eastern Ukraine, provide a demonstration of Russia’s new generation warfare approach in which traditional military tools were used alongside a well-orchestrated mix of information warfare, cyber-attacks, and diplomacy.” This is just one conclusion of a May, 2016, report, “Social Media as a Tool of Hybrid Warfare,” prepared by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga.
The 45-page report includes the following heads: ● The New Information Environment and the Role of Social Media ● The Concept of Hybrid Warfare ● The Role of Cyberspace in Hybrid Warfare ● The ‘Weaponization’ of Social Media ● Case Studies ● The Role of Social Media in Russia’s Information Activities ● Daesh’s Use of Social Media ● Recommendations ● Annex: Internet Trolling Identification Tutorial ● Annex: Social Influence Techniques in the Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian Information Environments in the Context of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict.Read More