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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State Must Rethink Public Diplomacy

Wednesday, January 9th 2013

A public diplomacy colleague from years ago, Robert A. Schadler, has written an insightful commentary in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report.  (That's him in the photo.)

Robert, who is now senior fellow in public diplomacy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., served years ago in  the US Information Agency as director of the Office of International Visitors and briefly as chief of staff to the Director of USIA itself. Together, we fought the good fight against Soviet communism and statist repression.

In USN&WR, Schadler argues that, in today's post-Cold War world, the flip side of public dipllomacy is terrorism. 

 

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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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The Arts as Diplomacy

Monday, January 7th 2013

Today’s panel on Cultural Diplomacy depicted a panorama of performance-art-as-exchange under the aegis of “cultural diplomacy.”  All the programs highlighted were sponsored by governments.

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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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Defense Act "Modernizes" Smith-Mundt

Friday, January 4th 2013

I notice that the National Defense Authorization Act not only reauthorizes the Public Diplomacy Advisory Commission (see Brian Carlson's post below.)  It also reduces long-standing restrictions on the dissemination of public diplomacy materials, aimed at foreign audiences, within the United States.

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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

Life After Death

Thursday, January 3rd 2013

On  January 2, in the midst of the “fiscal cliff” controversy and the hard fought tax compromise, the President did one very important thing.  He signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013, into law.

President Obama did this his own threat to veto it over prohibitions on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and despite his numerous reservations about the Act’s prescriptive language. 

I wish we could believe the President signed the NDAA because he believes so strongly in public diplomacy, but that is probably not the case.  He did not mention public diplomacy in his signing statement. Nor did he object to section 1280 of the Act.

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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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Benghazi: Three Take-Aways

Friday, December 21st 2012

If you have not yet read the actual text of the Accountability Review Board report on the events that took place September 11 in Benghazi, you should do so. 

Especially you should read it if you are a Foreign Service officer, because you will be able to picture very vividly every move made by the ARSO’s and to understand what the situation looked like from inside Villa C.  If you are a soldier or a Marine, or anyone trained in quick reaction force tactics, you will want to read this account.

And, even if, or especially if, you are just a citizen, you should read this report.

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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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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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