Thinking about the state of PD research

In case you missed it back in December 2013, I wanted to direct attention back to a presentation given to the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy on Capitol Hill. There, the incisive Emily Metzgar and myself presented some preliminary observations about the state of public diplomacy research based on an expansive, meta-review of over 700 articles related to public diplomacy research over the past few decades. We are currently nearing completion of the project, along with the help of rising public diplomacy scholar Efe Sevin, and will ideally present our findings to the International Studies Association next year. ...

Playing for Keeps

It’s nice to say things that sound strongly worded – they make you sound like you should be taken seriously. But I have to take some issue with this article from The Hill, which highlights comments made by US congressman Ed Royce, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, about the Broadcasting Board of Governors and its supposed inability confront the Russian propaganda “machine.” The BBG manages US international broadcasting, including the VOA and the surrogate radios Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (among other services). ...

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Public Diplomacy & Strategic Communication

Playing for Keeps

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Rethinking US public diplomacy and digital engagement

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Media & Technology

Rethinking US public diplomacy and digital engagement

I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Ardaiolo of the Public Diplomat, a podcast and website prod...

Does Technology Persuade? (Part II): Looking to Media Practices for Insight

This is cross-posted over at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. How does what we know about inform...

Theory & Research

Thinking about the state of PD research

In case you missed it back in December 2013, I wanted to direct attention back to a presentation giv...

Does Technology Persuade? Questioning Assumptions in US Public Diplomacy (Part I)

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Politics, Culture & Policy

Talking about Soft Power on RT “CrossTalk”

Here I had the opportunity to talk about soft power on Russia Today. The same skepticism still seems...