• Book Reviews,  Public Diplomacy

    Event: The Public Diplomacy Council’s Evening with Four Authors

    From The Public Diplomacy Council (full disclosure: I’m a member): The Public Diplomacy Council: An Evening with Four Authors Bill Kiehl, Sherry Mueller, Mark Overmann, Tom Tuch Wednesday, March 4, 2009 6:30 – 8:00 PM DACOR BACON HOUSE 1801 F Street NW Washington DC Please RSVP to PDC@PublicDiplomacyCouncil.org or call (202) 387-5209 GLOBAL INTENTIONS LOCAL RESULTS: How Colleges Can Create International Communities by William P. Kiehl, Ed. D. Global Intentions Local Results is an in-depth look at the influence of campus internationalization on local communities. Case studies at three very different small colleges in three small communities in Pennsylvania illustrate how colleges faced challenges to bring the world to their…

  • Book Reviews,  Private Military Companies

    A talk with the author of Haliburton’s Army

    “It’s about chocolate covered bunnies.” That’s how Pratap Chatterjee explained the his new book, Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War. In town for a book tour, we met Wednesday at my local Starbucks to catch-up, but mostly we talked about his book. I have to admit I haven’t read it, so I don’t know the details but our discussion about the core theme was so intriguing that while he was talking I started talking notes to post a kind of interview with the author.

  • Book Reviews,  Psychological Struggle

    Book: Threats in the Age of Obama

    Previously posted January 22; this post is updated with a new Amazon link. Congratulations to real-life friend Mike Tanji on editing his first book. It is listed on Amazon here.  From Mike’s introduction: No author here has been a cabinet officer and none is likely to be one, which gives us a considerable amount of freedom. No one here has to face scrutiny on Capitol Hill, which makes our jobs much easier; but by the same token none of us are beholden to parties or institutions with ulterior motives, nor are we playing our cards in a fashion designed to net us comfortable situations. If you are on a mission…

  • Book Reviews

    Books for the Holidays

    With the holidays already upon us, here is a much delayed list of recommended reads for the public diplomatist (?) in you or yours as well as related reading. Reviews are after the fold and unfortunately very brief… 

  • Book Reviews,  Public Affairs,  Public Diplomacy

    Bacevich, The Limits of Power

    From the History Department at US Army Combined Arms Center comes the following recommendation for Andrew Bacevich’s book, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism:  Andrew J. Bacevich, The Limits of Power (Metropolitan Books, 2008), should be on everyone’s reading list over the holidays.  Of special interests are his criticisms of how we view our current operating environment and how we are preparing for it.  For example, discussing the 2003 invasion plan, Bacevich writes: "For starters, it was devoid of political context. Narrowly focused on the upcoming fight, it paid no attention to the aftermath. Defining the problem as Iraq alone, it ignored other regional power relationships and…

  • Book Reviews,  Public Diplomacy

    Handbook of Public Diplomacy

    The Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy was published today. It’s out and discounted 8% at Amazon so get a jump on your Christmas shopping while they’re a bargain at $161.81 each. However, in an unprecedented move, Routledge is offering a handbook simultaneously in paperback available directly from Routledge here.  The book is edited by Nancy Snow and Phil Taylor. Nancy is Associate Professor of Public Diplomacy in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is Senior Research Fellow in the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Phil is Professor of International Communications at the University of Leeds and acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities in propaganda…

  • Book Reviews,  Media,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Affairs,  Public Diplomacy

    Book Review: Losing Arab Hearts and Minds by Steve Tatham

    Reports on American Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication are filled with examples of how the United States failed to engage the Arab public since 9/11. These have come from the Defense Sciences Board, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and numerous think tanks, and more will appear as we near the end of 2008 and the end of the Bush Administration. There are also several books on the subject, see below for more on these, however none closely examines the critical relationship between the U.S. Defense Department and the Arab media and public. There is one book that does explore this "last three feet" of engagement and you've probably…