New Advisory Commission Unveils Wide-Ranging Study of Public Diplomacy at State, BBG

Katherine Brown and Chris Hensman (center) pose with Council President Don Bishop (l) and Adam Clayton Powell III of USC's Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, co-sponsors of the First Monday Forum.  At the January 5 Forum Brown, Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and her Senior Advisor Hensman presented a comprehensive report on public diplomacy released by the newly-reauthorized oversight body.

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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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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

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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Author: Brian Carlson

Pentagon Abandons Strategic Communication?

Tuesday, December 18th 2012

A couple of public diplomacy colleagues have asked me what we should think of the Pentagon memo issued earlier this month, the one that seems to say Strategic Communication is out. Over. Finished.

“What did you say?” 

Does this mean the end of MIST teams at embassies? No more military websites targeting foreign audiences?  Is it the end of a fat foreign media analysis landing on your desk every morning?  No more social and cultural adaptation training for troops deploying?

Probably not. 

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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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