Seldom do I attend an event which touches me deeply, this one did. Dr. Christopher Lamb and Fletcher Schoen gave a very professional presentation about their book, which describes the interagency approach to combating Soviet disinformation, misinformation and outright lies. Today, more than ever, in my opinion, the world is awash in similar ilk, but from more amorphous, unseen, disorganized and amoral forces. We should learn from this successful event and consider applying such a solution to stop not only extremists, but also to counter authoritarian governments.
Exploring a Comprehensive Approach to Public Diplomacy
Public Diplomacy is the process of government and individual outreach to citizens of other nations. As such, public diplomacy is an important tool in impacting the perceptions and view that others have of the United States. In a new report by Dr. Christopher Lamb and Fletcher Schoen, the authors describe the importance of a comprehensive public diplomacy effort that utilizes capabilities across the government.
Specifically, their report lays out an effective inter-agency approach to promoting U.S. security and image around the world. The report lays out the success of the Active Measures Working Group in combating the disinformation of the Soviet Union during the 1980s. The report comes to the conclusion: “In an increasingly connected age, America will need to protect its public reputation from those who would malign it to weaken our national security. Safeguarding the country’s reputation overseas is a whole-of-government endeavor requiring interagency coordination and collaboration.”
Join us to hear directly from the authors as they examine not only the importance of public diplomacy, but also how to utilize effectively the abilities of different parts of the U.S. government to further our national security.
More About the Speakers
Dr. Christopher Lamb – Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, National Defense University
Fletcher Schoen – Research Assistant, Center for Strategic Research, National Defense University
Hosted By – Helle Dale Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy
- The Death of U.S. Public Diplomacy and Lessons on How to Resurrect It (heritage.org)
- How Best to Discuss a Whole of Nation Approach to Information Activities? (toinformistoinfluence.com)
- Study looks at use of social media in public diplomacy (phys.org)
- The New Public Diplomacy: The American Story Starts with Knowing Ourselves (heritage.org)
- BBG and Public Diplomacy: Are you using my money well? (toinformistoinfluence.com)
- Philip Seib: The Perils of YouTube Diplomacy (huffingtonpost.com)