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, 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, September 11th 2016
“The Kremlin's obsession with propaganda and disinformation persists even though it weakens Russia's attractiveness as a foreign policy and economic partner. America should seek to expose these nefarious methods and increase public resilience to their siren song, even as Washington pursues cooperation with Moscow on Syria and other issues. It is not enough to try to counter a firehose of falsehood with a squirt gun of truth.”
Headline: Firehose of Falsehoods
Subhead: Russian propaganda is pervasive, and America is behind the power curve in countering it.Read More
Sunday, January 10th 2016
“Typically [Theodore] Roosevelt would ask a half-dozen reporters to join him in the afternoon in a small room off his office. There, a Treasury Department messenger would shave the president as he served up a mix of politics, policy and gossip. The excitable Roosevelt would often spring out of his armchair, lather flying off his face, to lecture the newsmen, who were barely able to squeeze in a word, let alone a question.”
Public Diplomacy officers who organize press conferences for the President or other administration principals will enjoy reading the January 8, 2014, article by David Greenberg, “A Century of Political Spin,“ in The Wall Street Journal. Greenberg teaches history and journalism and media studies at Rutgers. His entertaining article on “spin” profiled presidential press conferences, speechwriting, photo ops, and the use of television from TR to the present.
- . . . the spin that we find so pervasive today is nothing new. It actually goes back more than a century. In fact, all those revered past presidents were pioneers in honing the modern methods of image-making and message-craft that we now so often denounce.
Friday, May 15th 2015
In a May 15 column on Senator Marco Rubio’s recent foreign policy speech, “Marco Rubio’s Problematic Pillar,” Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan made this comment:Read More