U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s criticized Voice of America (VOA) in the press release accompanying the reintroduction of the bill: “The Agency’s recent budget request proposed ending its Central Africa broadcast services, contrary to the advice of the State Department, and at a time of Burundi and Rwanda’s greatest need.” (Bolded… Continue reading A House Divided – BBG vs. State vs. White House
The United States is losing the information war. ISIS is winning. We do not have an information strategy. We do not have a non-partisan office dedicated to winning the information war. We do not have a non-partisan office dedicated to countering propaganda by ISIS or Russia. Congress tells the BBG to win the information war but… Continue reading McCaul: ISIS winning propaganda war
Yesterday I wrote a blog piece about the letter written to the US Secretary of State John Kerry, here, recommending that a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) should be recommended for the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs following the term of Tara Sonenshine, who is slated to step down in July. I only found… Continue reading More Details about the Letter to the Secretary of State about Public Diplomacy
Pentagon Abandons Strategic Communication? Author: Brian Carlson Tuesday, December 18th 2012 http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/12-18-12/pentagon-abandons-strategic-communication 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… Continue reading Pentagon Abandons Strategic Communication? | The Public Diplomacy Council
What are logical ways for us to discuss what we do? That question alone raises a ton of questions. Who is we? What is it we do? Who does what? Can something fall into multiple categories? Now that IO has a new definition, there is no longer a clear cut way to divide up the… Continue reading How Best to Discuss a Whole of Nation Approach to Information Activities?
Yesterday Government Executive published an article titled Think tank seeks new federal office to counter extremist ideology, by Charles S. Clark. In the article Doug Feith and others called for an office to be established that counters extremist ideologies. That’s nice, guys. You’re taking on less than 1% of the world, causing countless resources to… Continue reading The US Government Needs It, They Just Don’t Know It
Imagine, if you will, that you are interested in knowing how the US is perceived by foreigners. Imagine that you want to know how the current US Presidential is perceived by foreigners. There is and it sickens me. Either the writer is trying to expose an innocently flawed program or there is purposeful ongoing… Continue reading Internal US Politics and Public Diplomacy, the Twain shall Meet?