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
Saturday, August 27th 2016
These are abbreviated references to articles "seen on the web" relating to public affairs, Public Diplomacy, international broadcasting, and information operations, provided in this format to allow searches on this PDC website. They supplement the "Quotables" series. These articles are from March, 2016.Read More
Saturday, July 16th 2016
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2016, PRNewswire-USNewswire -- On Tuesday, BBG Board Chairman Jeff Shell was denied entry into Russia and detained at Moscow's Sheremetevo Airport. Despite having a valid passport and Russian visa, he was detained in a locked room for several hours, before being accompanied by Russian security officials to board a flight to Amsterdam.
The Russian Foreign Ministry subsequently announced, falsely, that Chairman Shell was a key organizer of "anti-Russian propaganda" and was being sanctioned in retaliation to the United States' visa sanctions against Russian citizens. They further clarified their position by emphasizing that anyone who sanctions Russia should expect "unavoidable retaliation."
This blatant aggression is unfortunately not reserved for foreign officials and businessmen. Every day, the Russian government silences critics and tightly controls the flow of information in and around the country. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty provide unbiased and uncensored news and information to audiences living in Russia and the Russian periphery. But they do so at great risk.Read More
Thursday, June 9th 2016
“More drama is playing out involving the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), long recognized as one of the most mismanaged and broken of federal agencies,” wrote retired Voice of America journalist Dan Robinson. His article, “The Great Clean-Up Act at the BBG,” ran in the CPD Blog on June 7, 2016. Robinson provided a window on issues discussed among broadcasting leadership and professionals – management and personnel practices, the new leadership team, “digital first,” reliance on wire service reports, and the perennial issue of balancing advocacy with journalism among them. Here are a few bullet points:Read More
Friday, April 29th 2016
“In a world where information warfare is being conducted by major powers as well as by unconventional enemies of the United States, the U.S. government must have the tools to engage in the ongoing war of ideas.” So opened the section on Public Diplomacy in the Heritage Foundation’s report by Brett D. Schaefer, “How to Make the State Department More Effective at Implementing U.S. Foreign Policy.” Schaefer is Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, at The Heritage Foundation.
Foreign Service Officers and foreign policy specialists will want to read the entire report with its many proposals for reform. Here’s the section on Public Diplomacy:Read More