Islamic State

US State Department faces criticism in uphill social media war against Islamic State group


US PD & PA, Richard Stengel, discusses the dark art of countering ISIS’ message and the difficulty measuring success. Excerpt: October 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM EDT Originally published at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/islamic-state-lures-teens-social-media/ Here at the State Department, the 50-person project is run out of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications. It’s been working in the anti-jihadi social… Continue reading US State Department faces criticism in uphill social media war against Islamic State group

Public Affairs · Public Diplomacy

Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs: Remarks at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy


Remarks at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy Remarks Richard Stengel Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2014 It’s fantastic to be here. Standing room only; that’s great. Phil, thank you, and Jay, thank you. I actually have a history with the Annenberg foundation, so I… Continue reading Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs: Remarks at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy

Public Diplomacy

More Details about the Letter to the Secretary of State about Public Diplomacy


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

Information operations

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Under Secretaries


It is seldom I see such an excellent blog post as this. Written by Ambassador Brian Carlson, he gives sage advice to the newly sworn in Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Tara Sonenshine.  I strongly recommend you read the blog referenced below. The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Under Secretaries… Continue reading The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Under Secretaries

Information operations · Public Diplomacy

United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy – no more


Madam Secretary, may I ask why you are not fighting to keep, maintain and build the tools you need to properly conduct Public Diplomacy? One of the United States’ Department of State and Public Diplomacy’s greatest allies was the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. According to its website, the United States Advisory Commission on… Continue reading United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy – no more