First Monday Forum Goes "Back to the Garden"

Guests at our First Monday Forum on April 6 enjoyed perfect spring weather in the garden of the DACOR-Bacon House, a historic building in Washington, before our panel discussion on "The Untold History of U.S. Public Diplomacy."  The State Department's Office of the Historian collaborated with the Council and the University of Southern California to discuss new archival documents and scholarship about the beginning of organized U.S. efforts at mass persuasion during World War I.

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What to Do About the Russian Troll in Your Computer

Friday, April 24th 2015

Remember trolls? They used to be mythical creatures from children’s stories who lurked in caves or under bridges.

Not any more. Today’s trolls now lurk online, where they attack Western values, defend Vladimir Putin, and do whatever they can to plant nutty conspiracy theories and disrupt rational discussions on news and opinion websites.

They’re not hard to find. Just look in your computer.

Internet “trolls” are not a new phenomenon, but the pro-Russian kind have been attracting increased attention lately thanks to reports from The Guardian and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others, which have pulled the curtains back on where the trolls work (many in St. Petersburg, Russia), what they do, and how they’re paid (by quantity, not quality).

U.S. public diplomacy practitioners are clearly under fire in this information war, so how should they fight back?

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David S. Jackson

David Jackson is a veteran journalist and former U.S. government official with extensive multimedia communications experience in domestic and international markets.

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Council Writes to Congress: Don't Divide U.S. Broadcasters, Leverage Their Synergies

Tuesday, April 21st 2015

Congress has begun to examine how to reorganize the United States government’s broadcasting to the rest of the world.  It’s overdue, but it needs to be done right, says the Public Diplomacy Council.

Yesterday, the Council commended the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for focusing on the issue, but it noted that a bill passed by the House last year had flaws that would have lowered the effectiveness of America’s international broadcasting and raised costs.  

The Council encouraged the Committee to hold hearings, conduct a fresh review of the issues and write new legislation. 

The Council’s letter to Chairman Royce outlined principles to guide any new legislation – to unify broadcasting under a single Board and CEO, to affirm the Voice of America charter, and to allow all the networks to broadcast all the news. 

Members of the Council include public diplomacy professionals both active and retired, academics and others who advocate for high professional standards in U.S. public diplomacy including broadcasting.

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, April 20-21, 2015

Friday, April 10th 2015

PDC will be co-sponsoring this year's SFWAF Annual Symposium. Click on Read More for details. 

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Jesselle Macatiag is a fellow with the Public Diplomacy Council and graduate student in American University’s International Media program. She comes to Washington D.C. to study the global implications of a changing media landscape, particularly how these changes impact the use of media as a vehicle for social change across cultural and political contexts.

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Quotable: Using information to influence Russian decision-making

Wednesday, April 8th 2015

The April, 2015, issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings includes an article, “Hear This -- Russia: Constrain, Not Contain,” by Commander Daryk Zirkle, the deputy director of Intelligence for U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa.  (He also served as an information-operations planner in Iraq.)

 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop was recently elected as President of the Public Diplomacy Council. He is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership.

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Quotable: General Dempsey on information as an instrument of national power

Wednesday, April 8th 2015

In his press briefing with Secretary of Defense Hagel on August 21, 2014, these remarks by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not receive prominent coverage.

 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop was recently elected as President of the Public Diplomacy Council. He is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership.

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