Friday, September 16, 2011

September 16

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US Counterterrorism Strategy: Sticks and Carrots‎ - Helle Dale,  "The counterterrorism strategy published by the Obama Administration in June was not exactly a hard-hitting document, turning counterterrorism into a law enforcement issue and generally containing few details and little new thinking. When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the subject on September 9, the subject took on more life. ... Counterterrorism communication, which was given prominence by Bush’s last Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy, James Glassman,

falls into the 'soft power' part of the strategy and, as such, was given prominence in Clinton’s speech. The State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) was created as part of Clinton’s Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review. ... The counterterrorism communications capability within State has been taking shape over the past year, focused on answering terrorist propaganda and dissuading potential recruits. The center coordinates the interagency process and now has a presidential mandate in the form of an executive order published last week. Among its most promising initiatives is a digital outreach team, which takes the fight to contested media Web sites and forums, where extremists read propaganda and recruit followers. Taking on the radicals on their own turf and countering their narratives is an endeavor the U.S. government needs to develop and back strongly. In her speech, Clinton gave an example of just the kind of creative effort that makes for excellent public diplomacy as well as counterterrorism strategy. ... The CSCC contains the germ of government-wide coordination in public diplomacy and strategic communication that has been missing for too long. If properly developed and meshed with the 'hard power' tools of U.S. counterterrorism strategy, it could represent a clear advance in the battle for the hearts and minds of Muslims." Image from

The US Advisory Commission on PD: September 2011 Meeting - Yelena Osipova, Global Chaos: "The US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy - charged with 'appraising U.S. Government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics' - held its Nth public meeting today morning. Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs J. Adam Ereli was the special guest, presenting all the great American efforts in public diplomacy through cultural and educational exchange initiatives. ... Arriving there half an hour before the start of the meeting turned out to be insufficient, even though we were advised to show up just 15 mins earlier. After standing in one line for 20 minutes, I was told that I should probably go to the other exit. At 9:55am, five minutes before the start of the meeting, there were close to a hundred people outside, waiting in line, to be enlightened about the most recent developments in public diplomacy and exchanges. The line was there for half an hour. No one was let in. The reason? Apparently, the security screening machines had broken down. And no, it didn't matter if you had registered in advance (which involved sending them quite a bit of personal information), you still couldn't get in for seemingly obvious reasons. (Could this be a great example of the efficiency of the State Department?) Long story short, by the time we got in it was close to 10:35am (i.e. we missed more than half of the meeting, and certainly most of the presentation), so my account starts at that point. ... As we walked in, Ambassador Ereli was recounting all the virtues of exchange programs, Fulbright

featuring most prominently among those. ... Last weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks: Ten years since public diplomacy supposedly regained its importance. Ten years of experimentation and theorizing... and yet, it seems the DoS still has a lot to learn. Public diplomacy is still about 'winning over' and 'influencing'. What is more, public diplomacy - especially cultural diplomacy - is obviously not fully understood. How does it work? How does it work best? Is it really just about chemistry? ... Again, I should say I missed most of that meeting. Ambassador Ereli might have discussed much more substantive and informative issues while I was waiting in the line outside. To find out, I guess, I will have to wait for some four months for the minutes of this public meeting to be released." Ereli image from article. On Apostrophe Catastrophes, see.

Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to Hold Quarterly Meeting September 16, 2011 in Washington, D.C. - Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State: "The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board will convene Friday, September 16, 2011, for its third quarterly meeting. Established by the U.S. Congress and appointed by the President of the United States, the 12-member Board supervises the Fulbright Program and establishes worldwide policies, including selection of students, scholars, teachers, and others to participate in the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program. Meeting sessions from 10:30am to 12:15pm and 1pm to 3pm will be open to the public, at the U.S. Department of State’s Harry S. Truman building (Room 5936), at 2201 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. (Enter at 21st Street Entrance.) Morning sessions will include reports by Board Chair Anita B. McBride and Executive Director Benedict Duffy (10:30am), and a report on Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ambassador J. Adam Ereli (11:30am). Afternoon sessions will include a report on the Fulbright Program by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs Marianne Craven (1:00pm), and a U.S. Department of Education Program report and panel of Education Department officials and several alumni of the Fulbright Program (1:45pm)."

The List – Number 60 – from Asha - "4. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs [State Department] ECA is pleased to announce a new arts-based exchange program that sends professional American visual and performing artists, arts specialists, educators, managers, and practitioners abroad in collaboration with posts and in support of their mission objectives. The new Arts Envoy program engages artists and arts professionals in cultural exchange programs of varying lengths and programmatic compositions, to address clearly defined foreign policy objectives.

The application period for the FY 2012 season of the Arts Envoy program will run from August 15, 2011 through July 1, 2012. ... Proposals should address the following: ... Reach of Program: Does the project include a variety of public diplomacy engagement components, such as collaborations, community projects, presentations, performances, exhibitions, educational programming, seminars, master classes, workshops or other training? Program Planning: Is the proposal clear, accurately budgeted, and feasible? Are the roles of co-sponsors clearly laid out? Have the proposed artists made a provisional commitment to the post? Is the proposal a regional project that enhances public diplomacy value and takes advantage of economies of scale?" Image from

Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge - Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson,US Department of State: "As part of our engagement with emerging African partners in addressing the challenge of climate change, the U.S. Department of State will sponsor Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge, a public diplomacy program comprised of three African regional competitions to address local climate change challenges through the use of mobile technology. In coordination with software developer Appfrica International, the U.S. Department of State will bring civil society, academia and private sector organizations together with African technology innovators to develop applications that address local climate change adaptation challenges. In doing so, we seek to raise African public awareness of climate change adaptation and U.S. involvement in Africa on these issues; support the development of civil society and private-sector networks; and highlight African solutions to local climate change adaptation challenges."

Islamabad, Pakistan: Gaining understanding - Kimberly Walz, "Just back from: Islamabad, Pakistan [.]I went because: I went on a public diplomacy trip sponsored by the U.S. State Department to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Pakistan. Don't miss: Monal Restaurant, with amazing views of Islamabad.

Also make sure you check out the ornately decorated trucks on the highway. Don't bother: The street food looks tempting, but after two of my fellow travelers became extremely ill, I would not recommend it. Coolest souvenir: Chair cushions made from pieces of vintage wedding dresses. Worth a splurge: Textiles. Hotel Serena. I wish I'd packed: My friends from Pakistan to bring them back to the United States. I worry about their safety because they work for the government and are now in more danger.

Other comments: The day I arrived home, they killed Osama bin Laden. Hard to believe I had been literally 30 miles away." Above image from article, with caption: Kimberly Walz of San Francisco visits the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad; below image with caption: Teeth Whitening Shines as the Most Popular Cosmetic Treatment

'Transformational diplomacy' or 'regime change'? - Paul T. Shipale‎, New Era: "In a August 23, 2007 CRS report for the US Congress, foreign policy analysts Kennon H. Nakamura and Susan B. Epstein of the Congressional research service division of foreign affairs, defense and trade, alluded to th[e] so-called 'Transformational Diplomacy' which is nothing else than the 'Regime Change' doctrine. ... [S]everal new programs were created to advance the transformational public diplomacy agenda in today’s communications environment. In this connection, there is a Rapid Response Unit that monitors foreign broadcasts and blogs and produces a daily one-to-two page report on stories

and issues that are discussed. This daily report, which is sent to an e-mail list of several thousand senior officials from Cabinet Secretaries to Ambassadors and Military Commanders, serves to provide a common 'American message' through an 'Echo Chamber' Technique where policy statements are posted on the State Department Intranet to present what they call a unified message on key issues attracting attention in the international media. This provides a common position for those who need to write speeches, draft editorials, and prepare responses to inquiries. A common message is 'echoed' instead of several different messages. 'Unleashing' ambassadors means eliminated former pre-clearance rules so that ambassadors or senior embassy officers can engage the media in their host countries without permission from Washington. Ambassadors and senior embassy officers are expected to speak out, and the ability to engage in public diplomacy is now part of their rating system. Further, transformational diplomacy also treats public diplomacy on a regional basis by establishing new regional public diplomacy hubs such as the one in London, Dubai, and Brussels, to focus on regional news outlets, such as Al-Jazeera, instead of focusing on the bilateral relations with those countries."  Image from

BBG Board Meeting, September 2011 - Broadcasting Board of Governors: "September 15, 2011 Washington, D.C. Watch Video The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) met on Thursday, September 15 at BBG headquarters in Washington, D.C. to receive and consider a report from the BBG’s Governance Committee, including the revision of Agency grant agreements. The Board also received an update on digital innovations within the Agency and networks. Broadcast executives delivered programming and coverage updates. The meeting is available via webcast both live and on-demand at  To watch or listen via webcast:
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International broadcasters Voice of Russia and Press TV report on US cable about international broadcaster Al Jazeera - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting

Mandarin for OMG - Paul Rockower, Levantine: "The OMG Meiyu biz is getting a lil more attention as WaPo does a story on it today.

A stirring reminder that pop cultural diplomacy trumps anything high brow when it comes to PD and cultural diplomacy."

Peru honors Levin with award‎ - Caroline Tan, Yale Daily news:%22Just under a year ago, Peruvians marched in the streets of Lima to protest Yale’s continued possession of thousands of their country’s cultural artifacts. Yesterday, representatives of the Peruvian government and the University gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the University and the conflict’s amicable resolution.

The Peruvian ambassador to the United States, Harold Forsyth, presented Yale President Richard Levin the Order 'The Sun of Peru' in the grade of “Great Cross” from the Peruvian government at the Embassy of Peru residence in Washington, D.C. Levin’s distinction comes after over a decade of disputes between the University and Peru over the ownership of relics that had been housed at in New Haven since their discovery between 1911 and 1916 by Hiram Bingham III 1898. Over 350 pieces of Bingham’s discovery were moved to Cusco, the capital of the former Inca empire, this summer in time for the 100th anniversary of Bingham’s arrival at Machu Picchu. The rest of the artifacts will be returned by Dec. 31, 2012. ... Luis Chang, head of public diplomacy [at the Pruvian Embassy], said the pieces were greeted with enthusiasm because of their 'iconic' appeal. He added that he was glad that Peru was able to reach a friendly agreement with Yale and that both sides could benefit from shared research." Image from article, with caption: Yale University President Richard Levin received the prestigious “Orden del Sol” on Thursday from the Peruvian government."

Studies of India and Indian Public Diplomacy
- Studies of India and Indian Public Diplomacy: "The other day somebody tweeted a link to the news that the Indian Council for Cultural Relations was setting up a Chair in Contemporary Indian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. A couple of days ago there was a reference to the Australian prime minister setting up a chair of Australian studies in Beijing. Promoting the academic study of your country is a venerable public diplomacy tool and one that hasn’t attracted much academic attention with partial exception of American and Canadian studies. During the Cold War the promotion of American Studies was one tool in the US PD armoury although it now appears to be one that has fallen out of favour so it’s interesting to see what other countries are up to. ... Evan Potter’s Branding Canada provides a useful summary of Canada’s ‘studies’ programme.

This has tried to develop the study of Canada by foreign academics in their own countries with the Canadian government supplying much more limited levels of financial support than the Indian approach but also trying to catalyse the development of networks and organizations devoted to the study of Canada. ... You could argue that India could learn quite a lot from the Canadian model of trying to catalyse foreign studies – as a rising power India will attract increasing attention and it would make sense to build links with that developing field." Image from

Beyond National Interest - The Teesta issue has driven home the importance of federalism - Swapan Dasgupta, "The scope of India’s public diplomacy doesn’t extend to making the provinces feel a part of the foreign policy processes."

Pinoy pianist stars in Germany's festival of artists‎ - GMANews.TV: "A Germany-based Filipino pianist, Dr. Abelardo Galang II,

was featured in this year's 'Fest der Künste' (Festival of Artists) Berlin, Germany. During the festival new Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe Natividad was the guest of honor at the opening of this year's Fest der Künste. Invited by the festival's organizer Isabella Gabriel Niang, a respected artist in Berlin, Natividad delivered her opening remarks in German. The DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] said, 'She conveyed the message that public diplomacy through culture and arts is an important pillar of Philippine foreign policy and an essential medium in the promotion of understanding between the Philippines and Germany.'"  Galand II image from

PMO drags its feet on funding programs for Diaspora high-school students in Israel: The delay in funding comes at a time when the Israeli government is expanding its funding for the Birthright program, which focuses on university-aged students - Chaim Levinson, "The Prime Ministers Office has yet to deliver on a financial promise made to a coalition of organizations promoting high-school programs for Diaspora youth in Israel. The delay in funding for the organization, Lapid, comes at a time when the Israeli government is expanding its funding for the Birthright program, which focuses on university-aged students. Lapid represents a coalition of groups that bring younger, high-school age Diaspora Jews to Israel in an effort to strengthen their Jewish and Zionist commitment before they go to college. In June 2010, representatives of Lapid, which is funded through charitable contributions, received a commitment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to provide NIS 4 million in funding from the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs."

DC Gastrodiplomacy via Embassies - Paul Rockower, Levantine: "The Washington Diplomat has an article this month on DC embassies engaging in gastrodiplomacy. I would like to think that I may have planted a mustard seed for this. I had approached the paper about writing a monthly column on PD, and had sent a few articles on gastrodiplomacy. Nothing came out of it but lo and behold they have a piece on culinary diplomacy two months later It's cool, ideas are free." Image from

Poland and Western Germany, 1966-1976 - "JARZĄBEK, Wanda, Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa wobec polityki wschodniej Republiki Federalnej Niemiec w latach 1966-1976 [The Polish People's Republic vis-à-vis the Federal Republic of Germany's Eastern Policy, 1966–1976 The bilateral and international dimensions], Varsovie: Instytut Studiów Politycznych PAN, 2011, 529 p. ... In implementing its foreign politics, the PPR applied different diplomatic techniques; direct diplomacy and semi-official contacts, as well as public diplomacy, though not necessarily with any major success. Warsaw’s possibilities were influenced not only by its image

as a member of the Eastern block, but also by the changing perception of the past and generational changes which made the factor related to Poland’s and Germany’s roles in World War II less significant from the point of view of the representatives of many Western countries." Image from

Healing from 9/11: “Sonia’s Ring" - "Sonia Tita Puopolo holds Masters degrees in political communications (from Emerson College) and government (from Harvard University). Ms. Puopolo has been a spokesperson and leader in promoting global understanding, tolerance, and peace through communication throughout her college life. Since 9/11, when she lost her mother Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo

on American Airlines Flight 11, Puopolo has worked with various organizations to stress understanding through communication and she has been a promoter of grassroots public diplomacy." Image from article

Can anyone tell me the Foreign Service or other professional international relations? - "issue red: Can anyone tell me the Foreign Service or other professional international relations I am looking in the service, the monitoring of Foreign Public Diplomacy. Information and advice would be helpful. I love being an American, and I am open minded, I think therefore I am a good start how about y’all"


Ron Paul's Fantasy Empire: The presidential hopeful says the U.S. occupies too many countries with too many troops—130 countries to be exact. It's a respectable argument, but is it true? - Bret Stepens, Wall Street Journal: The Pentagon's 2010 Base Structure Report notes that the U.S. maintains a total of 662 bases abroad. But of those, only 20 were listed as "large sites" and another 12 as "medium sites." The rest (630) were listed as either "small" or "other" sites. That's one reason the total number of bases changes from year to year. Then there's Mr. Paul's line about U.S. forces being "in 130 countries." Really? The truth is that American soldiers are in even more countries than that—but only if you count the small Marine detachments that provide security for our embassies world-wide. By that measure, we're in every country from Albania, where we have eight Marines, to Zimbabwe, where we have nine. In fact, according to figures compiled by the Defense Manpower Data Center, as of September 2010 the bulk of U.S. forces

deployed overseas (not including those on ships or in transit) are stationed in just seven countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, South Korea, Germany, the U.K. and Italy, all of which are home to at least 9,000 troops. Aside from Afghanistan and Iraq (which may soon drop off that list) all of these are World War II and Cold War legacies. Another five countries—Spain, Turkey, Belgium (the headquarters of NATO), Bahrain and Djibouti—have between 1,000 and 1,500 troops. The next largest deployments are Portugal (703), Qatar (555) Honduras (403) and Greece (338). Image from

The Lesson of Libya: The U.S. was still indispensable, even if we don't want to admit it - Review and Outlook, Wall Street Journal: The U.S. was more closely involved day-to-day in Libya than the White House acknowledges. Without its unique military capabilities, the campaign would have failed. Yet Washington's reluctance to lead left the political flank vulnerable, nearly derailing the effort.

Optimists Were Wrong About the Arab Spring: There's a reason that hatred of Israel played well on the Arab street - Josef Joffe, Wall Street Journal: An iron law of Arab politics: the better state-to-state relations,

the worse the anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism within. Image from article, with caption: An Egyptian protester.

'Al Qaeda could be degraded to existing mostly as a propaganda arm in two years' - Huma Imtiaz, The US Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Michael G. Vickers

has said that assuming there are sustained (counterterrorism) operations against al Qaeda, the cohesion between the group and its operational capabilities “could be degraded to the point that the group could fragment and exist mostly as a propaganda arm”, within 18-24 months. Image from article, with caption: Al Qaeda's core leadership is badly wounded and incapable of mounting another attack, say US security officials.

Modernise or continue with downfall - Shumaila Raja, "Sinister propaganda against Islam, Muslims’ worthless character as a whole and the ongoing wave of terrorism attributed to ‘disgruntled’ Muslim movements have virtually defaced the truth about Islam, which has, regrettably, become an icon of violence and extremism on the globe because of militant notion of a small section of believers and exploits of the Western media."

'Poison-needle plot' Korean held - BBC News: South Korean officials have arrested a North Korean defector on suspicion of plotting to kill high-profile activist Park Sang-hak,

reports from Seoul say. Mr Park is an anti-Pyongyang activist involved in sending propaganda leaflets to the North. Named only as An, the arrested man is reported to be a former commando in his 40s who defected to the South in the late 1990s. Reports said he had a poison-tipped needle on him when he was arrested. Image from article, with caption: Mr Park said intelligence officials warned him against meeting Mr An, the arrested man.

N.Korean Regime 'Shaking Down People'‎ - The Chosun Ilbo: The North Korean regime is extorting money from ordinary people as hopes fade of achieving the propaganda goal of becoming a "powerful and prosperous nation" by 2012, a source claimed Thursday. The source, who is familiar with North Korean affairs, said, "Officials from the Workers Party's propaganda department are extorting money from people in the markets after lecturing them on the need to build a prosperous nation." "The regime used to urge people to donate money in every crucial situation, including construction of power stations, but it's now resorting to plain extortion by simply hectoring people to cough up," the source added.

Ukrainian TV: Money-losing propaganda machines for oligarchs and nation’s leaders - Oksana Grytsenko, To nation's billionaires, having national PR platforms are more important than media profits. When one Ukrainian billionaire oligarch bought a television channel in 2010, rumor has it that after he looked at the costs and revenues, he suggested not bothering with advertising as it brought in so little money.

Even if this story is apocryphal, it highlights the fundamental principle behind the work of Ukrainian television channels. Unprofitable, they rely on the largesse of their owners and carry out their will without complaining about censorship. The owners, meanwhile, hand over money without complaining about losses. Media experts say this vicious circle is unlikely to change until the number of national television channels falls and the advertising market grows. Image from article

Azerbaijan misleads international community - Aysor: To mislead the international community, by spreading false information the Azerbaijani propaganda tries to lay the blame for incidents occurring periodically in its army on the aggressive actions of the Karabakh forces. The press office of NKR Defense Army responsibly declares that the Armed Forces of Artsakh absolutely observe the ceasefire agreement and unconditionally carry out its requirements.

Anti-American Press - GermanyWatch: A neurotic obsession is like a bone stuck in your throat. You can't swallow it and you can't spit it out. That is how the German media are hooked on America. It doesn't look quite sane. So when the German Organs of Propaganda go weird and hateful, get ready to worry. Examples of obsessive anti-Americanism are all over big German news magazines like Spiegel and Stern. For instance; 1. The Statue of Liberty with a death's head instead of the Romantic goddess of liberty. 2. A close-up of the American flag covered with "BLUT FÜR ÖL". 3. George Bush in front of a giant black cross, "A MISSION FROM GOD." 4. A horrible Abu Ghraib figure in black garb, headlined "THE TORTURERS OF BAGHDAD." 5. A sadistic-looking Rambo muscle man on the cover, emblazoned "OPERATION RAMBO --- The Secret Troops of the USA." 6. Germany's largest trade union, I.G Metall, used a picture of a cartoon Mosquito with Abe Lincoln's hat, for their large circulation magazine. The Magazine's Cover Read: "US-Firms in Germany: The (Blood-) Suckers". The article was headlined "The Plunderers are here!" This is the mainstream press in Germany. In other words, what Leftist nutroots make up as paranoid fantasies becomes the dominant narrative in Germany. And their endless refrain is that American soldiers are no better than Nazis.

Rare Color Photographs of Hitler Hit Auction Block - Rare color photographs of the Adolf Hitler have surfaced and will be put on the auction block at Dreweatts in London Sept. 20. Although the images aren’t the first of their kind, they are extremely rare, said Randy Bytwerk, a professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Bytwerk created and maintains the German Propaganda Archive. “We’re so used to seeing Hitler in black and white, that it’s startling to see the color,” Bytwerk said.

One photograph (from article) shows the dictator in a striking blue suit and signature glare surrounded by four men who are wearing traditional Bavarian hunting attire. Another photo (from article) shows the chancellor shaking the hand of a rosy-cheeked girl,

who was a member of the League of German Maidens, the girls faction of the Hitler Youth movement, handing Hitler flowers. Her blond hair and blue eyes, Hitler’s Aryan ideal, are hard to miss in the photograph. “We have so many black-and-white photographs just like this one, so it is very striking to see one in color,” Bytwerk said.

Made in America Design Propaganda -

Image from entry, with caption: American design winners for the propaganda machine.

Delicately balanced clashing of art and design - Mary Mary, Looking for all the world like propaganda posters for Nazi leisure organisation Kraft durch Freude, Alan Reid’s representational drawings of lissome young bodies appear

to promote healthy living and sexless appeal. Reid is an American artist, a Texan based in New York, and this is his first European solo show.

The Darling Sweets headline Propaganda: And everyone gets a copy of the punky Lake Worth band's new EP - Just a month ago, the brand new Lake Worth-based label Wayward Parade put out its first album, Everymen's When Water's Thicker Than Blood.

But the label dedicated to Lake Worth's burgeoning freak-folk and street-punk scene is already following that up with the release of an EP by the Darling Sweets. The five-member band just finished a tour with Everymen up the East Coast, and Friday night (Sept. 16) will celebrate the release of its self-titled EP with a party at Propaganda. The show will take place at Propaganda, 6 S. J St., in Lake Worth. Admission, which includes the CD, costs $10. Visit Image from article



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