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Five days with Michael Novak

By Donald M. Bishop – The death, earlier this year, of Michael Novak — philosopher, journalist, and diplomat committed to Public Diplomacy and international broadcasting – reminded me of an extraordinary five days I spent with him in Bangladesh in 1995.  Here are some memories of his visit — and insights for Public Diplomacy. In…

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Making the Hard Case for Soft Power: an Echo

There is room for optimism that Congress will reject the Administration’s proposed deep cuts to exchanges programs and to public diplomacy in general.  However, if you want to defend these programs, now is the time to speak out. Through our member Sherry Mueller, the Public Diplomacy Council joined major PD advocacy organizations to sponsor “Making…

Quotable:  Martin Herz on “paradigmatic” Photographs of the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War in Retrospect: Four Lectures, Lecture “The Tet Offensive 1968” and “A Paradigmatic picture of the Offensive”   Source: The Vietnam War in Retrospect: Four Lectures, Washington, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Author: Martin Herz Date: 1984   A career Foreign Service Officer who was Political Counselor in Saigon, Assistant Secretary of State…

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…