Category: Public diplomacy

Why it’s important to show evidence of bin Laden’s death

Some people will never believe the facts, no matter how effectively presented. But for those of us who are convinced that Osama bin Laden is dead, it’s still imperative that the U.S. government show the forensic evidence. Evidence is important for several reasons. Survivors of al Qaeda attacks worldwide need and deserve closure. Americans and citizens of other coalition countries...

The dog that didn’t bark: Mullahs cover hearing on VOA, but don’t comment on regime bias

The mullahs’ reporting of the April 7 US congressional hearing about pro-regime bias at the Voice of America reads like Sherlock Holmes’ case of the dog that didn’t bark. In solving a murder mystery, Holmes reasoned that because the dog at the victim’s home didn’t bark, it must have known the killer. By deduction, the great detective solved the mystery....

VOA to kill broadcasts to most restive parts of PRC

As the Chinese regime steps up the sophistication and tempo of its international propaganda operations, the United States government is curtailing a mainstay of providing unfiltered news and information to the most restive large areas under one-party control. The Voice of America (VOA) has announced plans to terminate its shortwave broadcasts into rural China and Tibet, citing cost-cutting measures and...

What’s wrong with this: Iranian Revolutionary Guard defends VOA against regime critic

For those who continue to doubt that a long-overdue personnel shakeup is due at the Voice of America’s Persian News Network (PNN), here’s a new development from inside Iran. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has come out and defended VOA/PNN against criticism from one of the regime’s leading opponents, student opposition leader Amir Abbas Fakhravar. Fakhravar escaped from Iran and has...

Strategic Influence: Public diplomacy, counterpropaganda & political warfare (2010)

Editor. Publisher: Crossbow Press (2010). After years of delay at IWP, my anthology, Strategic Influence: Public Diplomacy, Counterpropaganda and Political Warfare is now available to the public. The book is available from Amazon. Strategic Influence is the work of 13 scholars and practitioners in the fields of public diplomacy, counterpropaganda and political warfare. The book surveys the subjects from the American...

Dr Waller at Heritage panel on public diplomacy & private sector

(Institute of World Politics news release)  Professor J Michael Waller will be part of a Heritage Foundation panel on “Public Diplomacy and the Private Sector: The Power of Individual Initiative.” He joins Marc Ginsburg of Layalina Productions, Inc., David Nassar of the Alliance for Youth Movements, and Helle Dale of the Heritage Foundation. When: Thursday, April 29, from 10:00 –...

Dr Waller at Heritage panel on public diplomacy & private sector

[IWP news release] Professor J Michael Waller will be part of a Heritage Foundation panel on “Public Diplomacy and the Private Sector: The Power of Individual Initiative.” He joins Marc Ginsburg of Layalina Productions, Inc., David Nassar of the Alliance for Youth Movements, and Helle Dale of the Heritage Foundation. When: Thursday, April 29, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. To...

Strategic communication: Messaging the world with strategic psychological effect

“Strategic Communication: Messaging the World with Strategic Psychological Effect,” testimony before the Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, March 4, 2010.

Getting serious about strategic influence: How to move beyond the State Department’s legacy of failure

by J Michael Waller, Journal of International Security Affairs, December 2009 Download PDF: Waller_Getting Serious About Strategic Influence 2009

A swell way to declare an Afghan victor

Here’s a terrific way for the United States to settle the Afghan presidential election controversy: Have the Voice of America broadcast an “exclusive interview” with the CIA director who says the US-favored candidate will win and that a vote recount won’t matter. Not! Yet that’s just what the VOA and CIA Director Leon Panetta have done. Here’s what the VOA...