Voice of America: Independent Broadcaster and also Tool of Statecraft

The Voice of America's Director, David Ensor, asserted that VOA's editorial independence allows the broadcaster to reach ever-larger global audiences with information that advances U.S. interests.  Ensor addressed a group in Washington convened by the Council and the American Foreign Service Association on September 9.  Click Read More for the latest media coverage of U.S. international broadcasting. 

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Panels on Public Diplomacy

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Wednesday, the nation will watch President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney debate in a milestone of the presidential election campaign.  The world will be watching too, and millions will get news from the Voice of America and other government-funded outlets like Al Hurra.

Click below for a report on the panel co-sponsored with the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy yesterday.  Council Member Alan Heil has captured the discussion about how USG-funded foreign broadcasters are presenting the Presidential elections in Iran and the Middle East, and what they're hearing from their foreign audiences.

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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

Benghazi and Beyond - Public Diplomacy and the Clash of Values

Wednesday, September 19th 2012

 

Read my colleagues' posts below.  What we have here is a genuine clash of values.

Most Westerners, especially Americans, believe that freedom of speech extends even to those who mock religion.  Many Muslims believe that words and images which are disrespectful to Islam must be censored, and some, not only terrorists, are willing to kill those whom they hold responsible.

Looking beyond the events in Benghazi, this fundamental disagreement will endure and continue to cause bitter dispute and ever more violence across the region.  This is a quintessential issue for public diplomacy.

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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

The Death of an Ambassador

Monday, September 17th 2012

It’s been less than a week since U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats were murdered in Libya, unprotected by Diplomatic Security in a notoriously unstable country. Yet six days after that chaotic night when our government didn't even know where Ambassador Stevens was for up to eight hours, until his body was found at a local hospital, the focus of much of the discussion of these events has been stuck on domestic politics rather than on questions such as: Where was our ambassador's security? Why was he in an unguarded consulate more than 400 miles from the embassy on the anniversary of 9/11? Why were they not better prepared?

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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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Seeing Through the Fog

Friday, September 14th 2012

There has been an ocean of ink and a vast number of electrons expended on the recent events in Benghazi, Cairo and in a dozen other cities in the Islamic world. It is likely that we are closer to the beginning than the end of the current crisis.

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Author: Bill Kiehl

What Happened in Embassy Cairo?

Friday, September 14th 2012

The dust thrown up by the events of September 11 in Egypt and Libya may never completely settle. Issues more important than public diplomacy beg for attention in the Muslim world. But looking at events this week at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, at least a few things seem clear through the public diplomacy lens:

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John H. Trattner

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A former career Foreign Service officer and press spokesman of the Department of State, Trattner was also a newspaper, newsmagazine, and network radio journalist in the United States and Europe, press secretary to former Senator George Mitchell, vice president of a nonprofit focused on federal government management, head writer for a public affairs firm, and graduate-level teacher at American University. The author of eight books about the jobs and challenges of federal presidential appointees, he currently writes free-lance and composes choral music.

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