First Monday Forum: what is U.S. broadcasting saying to Audiences in the Middle East?

“Are you CIA?”  Radio Sawa Correspondent  Samir Nadir describes reaction from friends when he joined the U.S. Government broadcaster.  Other members of the Washington correspondents panel were (l-r) Zaid Benjamin, also Radio Sawa; Rana Abtar, Alhurra;  and (not shown) Scott Stearns, Voice of America, discussing U.S. news broadcasting to the Middle East on March 2 in Washington.

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Quotable: Congressional Research Service on the Role of Social Media in Conflict

Friday, March 27th 2015

From a March 4, 2015, “CRS Insights” paper, “Information Warfare: The Role of Social Media in Conflict” by Catherine A. Theohary, Specialist in National Security Policy and Information Operations:

 

Social media is used as a tool of information warfare—a weapon of words that influences the hearts and minds of a target audience, and a weapon of mass disruption that can have effects on targets in the physical world. Low-cost, easily accessible social media tools act as a force multiplier by increasing networking and organizing capabilities. The ability to rapidly disseminate graphic images and ideas to shape the public narrative transforms social media into a strategic weapon in the hands of terrorists, insurgent groups, or governments engaged in conflict.

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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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A Leader of Diplomats

Wednesday, March 18th 2015

As the Washington Post reported today, we have lost one of the greats of American diplomacy. 

Or, to paraphrase a New York Times article of a few years ago, “Not since Benjamin Franklin has an American envoy been such a capable public diplomacy officer.”

A career diplomat, Arthur A. Hartman served as President Carter’s ambassador to France and President Reagan’s ambassador to the Soviet Union.  He passed away in Washington March 16, only five days after turning 89.

While Hartman made an indelible impression on the French intelligentsia in Paris during his 1977-1981 assignment there, it was as Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1981 to 1987 that he made his major mark in his use of public diplomacy. 

 

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Summary: An experienced public diplomacy officer, Ambassador Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and serves the State Department as a senior inspector. For the last three years he was the State Department liaison to the Department of Defense on strategic communication.

 

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Quotable: Audrey Kurth Cronin on ISIS Messaging

Saturday, March 14th 2015

From the article by Audrey Kurth Cronin, Distinguished Professor and Director of International Security Program at George Mason University, “ISIS Is Not a Terrorist Group: Why Counterterrorism Won’t Stop the Latest Jihadist Threat,” in the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs:

 

In proclaiming himself the caliph, Baghdadi made a bold (if absurd) claim to religious authority. But ISIS’ core message is about raw power and revenge, not legitimacy. Its brutality—videotaped beheadings, mass executions—is designed to intimidate foes and suppress dissent. Revulsion among Muslims at such cruelty might eventually undermine ISIS. But for the time being, Washington’s focus on ISIS’ savagery only helps the group augment its aura of strength.


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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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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Naval Academy Midshipman on the value of studying abroad

Saturday, March 14th 2015

The March, 2015, issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings included an article in their “Nobody Asked Me, But . . .” series:  “We Must All Be Warrior-Diplomats” by a Naval Academy midshipman, Henry Bond.  The full article, based on his experience studying Arabic on a semester-abroad program in Morocco, is behind the USNI paywall, but here are excerpts:

 

To truly learn how a group of people thinks, time must be spent living in the culture, eating the food, and speaking the language. Many ideas can only be grasped through face-to-face interactions and personal relationships.

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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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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: USAF Chief of Staff on the campaign against ISIS

Saturday, March 14th 2015

From the press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James and USAF Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III on January 15, 2015.  I marked one sentence in bold:

 

Q: Do you think that there's just too much emphasis at the moment on the air part of the equation, that everyone thinks you're going -- from the air, you can defeat ISIS, you can defeat Al Qaeda in Yemen, when defeat may not be what is possible from the air?

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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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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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