Combatting Islamic Terrorism at Forum with Broadcasters

Council President Don Bishop (right) introduces Shameem Rassam, Executive Producer, Alhurra Iraq and Davin Hutchins, Director of Digital Content, Middle East Broadcasting Networks to discuss Combating ISIS Messaging Through the Media, the topic of our First Monday Forum on October 6, presented in cooperation with the University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

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PAOs, Don't Be Selfish

Monday, August 19th 2013

It’s Summer Transfer Season for U.S. Foreign Service Officers, and I spent the past two weeks preparing 23 of them to take up positions as Public Diplomacy Officers.  They ran simulations, learned intricate financial management processes, and also heard from some of the best PAOs in the business.  I wish I had completed such a course before I became a PAO.

But life is still not perfect.  The Foreign Service system doesn’t incentivize some of the best practices of public diplomacy.  Officers who look after their short-term career interests can act against the best interests of U.S. public diplomacy.

Here are a few examples.

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Joe B. Johnson

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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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Author: Joe Johnson

Is U.S. Public Diplomacy Too Soft?

Tuesday, August 6th 2013

Is it true? Does the U.S. government lack the tools to contest the struggle for "hearts and minds" in the Middle East? 

That’s the argument being made by Max Boot from the Council on Foreign Relations and Michael Doran of the Brookings Institution an article which has appeared in several online publications since June.

In brief, the authors posit that the United States is in a long-term struggle for influence in the Middle East with competitors such as Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and various Salafist organizations. Each has its own philosophical or tactical differences with the others, but they are united in promoting visions of society that are at odds with American interests and ideals.

The question posed by Boot and Doran in their article is whether, since the end of the Cold War, American public diplomacy has lost its ideological edge. 

 

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Brian E. Carlson

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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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Author: Brian Carlson

Save the Date: November 12, 2013 Fall Forum

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Greetings from the Public Diplomacy Council Program Committee. We are pleased to provide update #1 on the Fall Forum. U.S. Public Diplomacy: A Look to the Past, A Look to the Future. November 12, 2013, is the confirmed date of the all-day forum. It will be held in the George C. Marshall Conference Center at the U.S. Department of State.

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Debbie Trent is a public diplomacy and international development analyst with a Ph.D. from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Her regional areas of expertise include the Near East, North Africa, South Asia, and Eurasia.

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Author: Dr. Deborah Trent

Social Media: Plenty of talking, not much listening

Thursday, July 25th 2013

I can’t say that I was very surprised by the news that the State Department spent $630,000 to boost traffic to four of its International Information Programs (IIP) Facebook pages.

Was it a waste of money at a time of fiscal austerity? Absolutely. Did it result in a bump in traffic? At least temporarily, yes. Will IIP be able to hang on to those followers and advance its mission to “build America’s reputation abroad”? Probably not.

The reason it won’t is because of what social media has become: A place where a lot of people (and institutions) are talking, but very few are listening.

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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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Facebook Advertising and Public Diplomacy and the Blogosphere ... Oh My!

Monday, July 8th 2013

Stories about $650 thousand spent by the State Department’s International Information Programs (IIP) bureau on Facebook advertising have proliferated, prompting extensive discussion (see John Brown’s public diplomacy blog for examples.)

The background comes from an inspection report recently made public by State’s Office of the Inspector General.  Our busy commentators can’t possibly have read the report, or their accounts would pick up far more salient issues.

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Joe B. Johnson

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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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Author: Joe Johnson

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First Monday Lunch Forum

Nov. 3rd - The Paradox of US Public Diplomacy: Its Rise and "Demise" with Bruce Gregory, Adjunct Professor in George Washington University's Global Communication M.A. program. Co-sponsored by IPDGC.

 

Dec. 1st - Russian Propaganda Along its Wester Border with Jeffrey N. Trimble, Deputy Director, International Broadcasting Bureau, and Jill Dougherty, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center

 

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