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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Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field

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. authors name for more info

Author: John Trattner

Public Diplomacy and Counterrorism

Tuesday, September 11th 2012

Today is a good opportunity to recall the modest role that public diplomacy has played in counter-terrorism since the September 11 attacks.

One of the attackers passed through the security checkpoint at Dulles Airport shortly after I did on September 11, 2001.  (A friend who saw the surveillance video revealed this to me.)  I was scheduled for a flight to China for a business trip.  I was so fortunate.  We all mourn the lives of all those who died or lost loved ones on that day -- and in the days and months following.

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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. authors name for more info

Author: Joe Johnson

Council Calls for Release of Journalists Held in Syria

Thursday, August 30th 2012

PDC Also Calls for the Immediate Release of Journalists Held in Syria

The Public Diplomacy Council joins the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in calling for the immediate release of two journalists of the U.S.-funded Alhurra TV network in Arabic held for the past week in Syria. The Council endorses the BBG statement urging the Syrian government to ensure their safety.

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Author: Lisa Heyn

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. authors name for more info

Author: Alan Heil

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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


PDC Board Meeting

Oct. 15th - USC Washington Center, 5th Floor, 11am-1pm

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