Ukraine and Russian Propaganda - the U.S. Response

Speaking at the Monday Forum in Washington were (l-r) Will Stevens of the State Department's Ukraine Communications Task Force, Myroslava Gongadze of VOA's Ukrainian Service, and Nenad Pejic of Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty.  The Public Diplomacy Council sponsors the Forum with the USC Annenberg Center on Communications Leadership and Policy and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

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The ultimate persuaders: VOA's truth seekers in the trenches

Wednesday, August 29th 2012

“Truth and personal integrity,” legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow once said, “are the ultimate persuaders of men and nations.”

So it is today at the nation’s largest and only global publicly-funded international network, the Voice of America. The sacrifices of frontline VOA journalists barely rate mention in the mainstream press --- even though these centurions of truth daily fulfill Murrow’s charge.

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Alan L. Heil Jr.

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Summary: As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 125 million people in 44 languages.

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Author: Alan Heil

Cultural Diplomacy

Sunday, August 19th 2012

Many years ago, The Economist newspaper (yes, in England, it’s called a newspaper, not a magazine) published an article about the best embassies in world capital cities.

I remember this issue because it cited the American Embassy on Grosvenor Square as the best of the foreign diplomatic operations in London.  Now that’s pretty impressive, given that many countries – then and now – send their best and brightest to London.

The reason: the Americans had an outstanding record of identifying and building relationships with the Britain’s best and brightest – an uncanny record of targeting the next generation of British society’s leaders, whether in arts, politics, economics, journalism or any other field of endeavor important to the “Special Relationship.”  

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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

Syria Public Diplomacy

Wednesday, August 15th 2012

If you don't have a PAO in a given country, there is a hole in the policy debate. 

The PAO (Public Affairs Officer) is the senior American with public diplomacy responsibilities on an embassy's Country Team. She or he is the person who awakens each morning wanting to know what the people are thinking.  Absent a PAO, no one is effectively looking out for our strategic communication goals.

 

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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

A New Public Diplomacy Imperative

Monday, August 13th 2012

 

A few years ago, the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy at the State Department declared that the Marshall Plan “still stands as the greatest example in our nation’s history of public diplomacy done right.” 

Who knows? Maybe Judith McHale was inspired by the fact that her own new office in the State Department was the same one George C. Marshall occupied as Secretary of State. Or, maybe the fact that she was speaking in Lexington, Virginia at the time had something to do with it.  But she was right.

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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

How to Purchase The Last Three Feet: Case Studies in Public Diplomacy

Friday, August 10th 2012

Thanks to some very fast work by our friends at Amazon.com, the Council's new book is already available in both paperback and as an e-book on their website. The book is also available through our printer Create Space on their website and will shortly be available on many international Amazon sites and at quality independent book stores around the U.S.   Now there is no excuse not to buy a copy.  

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KIEHL, WILLIAM P.

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Author: Bill Kiehl

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