Russia's Messaging to Western Neighbors Analyzed

Jeffrey N. Trimble, Deputy Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau, answers a question at our First Monday Forum on Russian Propaganda Along its Western Border as Panelists Alen Mlatisuma, Internet Managing Editor at the VOA Eurasia Division, and former ambassador William Courtney of the RAND Business Leaders Forum look on.  The Forum, held in Washington on December 1, was hosted in partnership with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

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Creative Collaboration: a New Type of Diplomacy

Sunday, January 27th 2013

Here's a guest article by Council Member Robert Albro about how collaborative projects benefit diplomacy.  U.S. Government public diplomacy offers some examples of this approach, now made easier through the Internet.  You'll be hearing more about creative collaboration and cultural diplomacy in the coming months.  So read on!

 

"Stephanie Stallings recently suggested that creative collaboration is a useful model for cultural diplomacy. She is definitely onto something. Circumstances have changed around the work of diplomacy. Publics are now much less distant, more assertive, and actively engaged participants in the making of their encompassing cultural worlds. To embrace this new reality likely requires rethinking many of the methods of cultural diplomacy and perhaps its basic goals.

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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

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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Author: Brian Carlson

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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Author: Joe Johnson

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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Author: Brian Carlson

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