Category: Public diplomacy

Kyiv Post: Ukraine’s secret weapon

Ukraine has a secret weapon that it can deploy to defend itself against Russian aggression and subversion, and to deter further Russian hybrid hostilities against other countries. I discuss “Ukraine’s Secret Weapon” in a guest piece published April 7 in the Kyiv Post. Here’s the text: Like no other country, non-aligned Ukraine has an untapped capability to defend itself against...

Warring Syrian factions stop fighting on Eid to make way for world’s largest statue of Jesus

Here’s a development that should confound American diplomats and counterterrorism strategists: Warring factions in Syria stopped fighting for three days so that the world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ could be moved from Armenia to a Syrian mountaintop. During the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha. Along an ancient Christian pilgrimage route from Constantinople to Jerusalem. Visible in Lebanon, Jordan,...

Ketchum PR agency placed Putin’s NYT op-ed

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s controversial and effective New York Times op-ed was placed by a well-known public relations agency. The provocative piece ran on September 11. Americans view that date as the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack, but Putin, like all KGB officers, mark September 11 as the birthday of Bolshevik political police founder Feliks Dzerzhinsky. BuzzFeed Politics reports...

Senate confirms first blogger to Broadcasting Board of Governors

The US Senate has confirmed three new members of the moribund Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), including the first blogger to serve on the board – a great new development for a number of reasons. Matt Armstrong, a former adjunct professor at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California, distinguished him in the public...

Iran presidential elections don’t matter, Waller tells Arabic TV

Iran’s elections being held today are illegitimate because all candidates are approved by the mullahs who control the regime, an IWP professor tells a US public diplomacy TV channel. (Institute of World Politics news release) “It doesn’t matter who wins the presidential elections in Iran,” Provost J. Michael Waller says on Alhurra, an Arabic-language satellite TV channel broadcast to the Middle East. “Every...

Larry King joins Kremlin propaganda channel

A Kremlin-funded propaganda channel has picked up an American talk show icon as its new face. Russia Today (RT), a mouthpiece of the Vladimir Putin regime, announced that King will be launching a new show on its channel in June. The King acquisition, whose price was not announced, is a big step forward for Russian messaging around the world, and...

Coming up on May 11: European embassies’ open house

European Union embassies in Washington are holding their seventh annual EU Open House. The March 11 event is open to the public. “Enjoy an insider’s view of the EU’s headquarters in the U.S.,” the invitation says. “Learn how the EU delegation and the 27 member countries’ representatives work together. Test your knowledge with the EU quiz and win prizes. Festivities...

Getting the word out: Fighting for a global public opinion advantage

The Heritage Foundation sponsored a great talk on January 24, in which we discussed the international public opinion battlespace and how to operate within it. Helle Dale was our host, who invited Dr Amy Zalman, Department of Defense Chair of Information Integration at the National War College; Dr Ariel Cohen, of Heritage, Dean Cheng of Heritage, and me. A really great...

See you at the public diplomacy event at Heritage

On January 24, I’ll be speaking at the Heritage Foundation at noon today with Amy Zalman of the National War College, and Ariel Cohen and Dean Cheng of Heritage, on global public opinion as a force for change and how to harness it. The presentation is to be webcast live. Longtime co-conspirator Helle Dale is chairing the event. The title...

Radio Putin: RFE/RL leadership continues to wreck a vital US asset

If the KGB had infiltrated and taken over the management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, how would RFE/RL President Steven Korn and his acolyte Julia Ragona act any differently? By wrecking RFE/RL, and especially Radio Liberty, Korn and Ragona have subverted not only the mission of the radios, but ruined their very capability of recovering from the damage – to...