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
Saturday, March 26th 2016
A previous commentary here unfortunately missed the point about kudzu.
Sorry, I mean, about the ‘‘Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016.’’ That’s the one recently unveiled by Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy. The S.2692 bill text is here.
It is worth reading the actual text of the bill, because it describes something quite different from the kudzu that famously “sucks up all the water and nutrients” needed by existing plants (or “funding and support needed by existing government organizations.)”Read More
Quotable: Robert Reilly on Public Diplomacy and Information Operations (II) – The Role of Broadcasting
Friday, March 25th 2016
The U.S. government's overseas broadcasting is the second major topic in Robert Reilly’s 2013 paper, “Information Operations: Successes and Failures,” published in 2013 by the Westminster Institute.