Exposing Russian Social Media Operations

By Ambassador Brian Carlson Years ago, during the Cold War, Soviet propaganda continually portrayed the United States and NATO nations as militaristic, provocative and dangerously over-armed.  Every new Western weapons system and Congressional appropriation became more grist for Soviet-sponsored psyops mills around the world, while the USSR’s and Warsaw Pact’s own military spending and armaments…

Public Diplomacy’s Oral History Interviews

Public Diplomacy’s Oral History Interviews Donald M. Bishop   It’s a commonplace that most historical studies of U.S. public diplomacy have focused on Washington policies, themes, leaders, and decisions.   They have thus slighted how policies were implemented “in the field” — in other nations, regions, and societies.  There’s not much written on how Public…

U.S. Public Diplomacy’s Chief Departs at Key Moment

By Joe B. Johnson Bruce Wharton, the first Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy from the ranks of the career Foreign Service, has retired.  Wharton has provided stellar leadership and set a fine example for public diplomacy employees since his appointment last December.  No successor has been announced. Nothing indicates that Ambassador Wharton’s departure is anything other than…

Bannon Ally Reported as Leading Candidate to Run U.S. International Broadcasting

Michael Pack, President and CEO of the Claremont Institute, was reported today to be the leading candidate to run U.S. international broadcasting, succeeding John Lansing, the current CEO. The report, in Politico, comes after weeks of rumors that Pack was favored for the post by the White House.  See today’s Politico report at http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/01/michael-pack-candidate-broadcasting-board-of-governors-239022 Pack has…

“America First” Framework for 2018 International Affairs Budget Request Funds Core PD

By Joe B. Johnson “Asserting U.S. leadership and influence” includes core public diplomacy programs, according to the White House budget for 2018. We don’t have a formal strategy or a reorganization plan from the new administration, but a budget may be the most important statement about its new directions.  And this page from the State Department lays…