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    Call for Papers: Defence Strategic Communications

    Call for papers for “Defence Strategic Communications”, a new annual journal that will publish original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes and book reviews.

  • China,  Events,  Public Diplomacy

    Debating China’s Global Reputation – a conference in Beijing May 19

    A high level conference on public diplomacy and China’s reputation in the world will take place in Beijing later this month. The event is co-sponsored by the Charhar Institute, China’s primary public diplomacy “tthink tank”, the Clingendael Institute of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the China-Europe Academic Network (CEAN). The title theme is “Geo-cultural Perspectives on Public Diplomacy – Trialogue among Chinese, European, and American Scholars.” The forum brings together a mixed group of leading Chinese and international scholars, think-tankers, and practitioners to discuss a geo-cultural perspective on public diplomacy based on a China-Europe-US-Dialogue. The event starts on May 19 at 9am (Beijing time) and will end…

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    Opportunity: Congressional Research Awards

    From the Dirksen Congressional Center: The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. A total of up to $35,000 will be available in 2011. Awards range from a few hundred dollars to $3,500. Stipends will be awarded to individuals (not organizations) on a competitive basis. Grants will normally extend for one year. In some circumstances, the Center will make more than one award to a single individual in consecutive years, but not more than three awards to the same person in a five-year period.

  • Events,  Wikileaks

    Event: Will Wikileaks Transform American Diplomacy?

    This at 4pm, Thursday, 20 January 2011, the Burkle Center at UCLA will host the second of their three-part series on Wikileaks. The panelists will consider the implications of WikiLeaks’ latest release for American diplomacy. Have the media played a responsible or even defensible role by releasing these diplomatic cables? What will be the effect on the future relationship of the media and American diplomats in particular and the media and the American government in general? Are the media supposed to protect the establishment or act as a watchdog in the public interest? The panelists are Geoffrey Cowen and Ambassador Derek Shearer. The moderator is Kal Raustiala. More information, including…

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    Event: The Role and Relevance of Multilateral Diplomacy in U.S. Foreign Policy

    The American Foreign Service Association (“The Voice of the Foreign Service”) is convening a new series of events linked to the cover story on its monthly flagship publication, the Foreign Service Journal. The first event highlighting the December 2010 FSJ article on multilateral diplomacy will take place at 3p on 11 January at AFSA. A panel to discuss the topic “The Role and Relevance of Multilateral Diplomacy in US Foreign Policy” will include: Dr. Esther Brimmer,  Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Member of House Foreign Affairs and outgoing chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight. Brett…

  • Events,  Government Broadcasting,  Media

    Event: International Broadcasting and Public Media

    Checkout this event of potential value at the New America Foundation, “International Broadcasting and Public Media.” The event’s description is promising, as are the panelists (described as ‘participants’ but surely the audience will be allowed to participate as well, right?). In an increasingly digital media landscape, people across the globe are relating to their news outlets in new ways. The missions of media producers are changing, as technological innovations reshape news networks into communities. The assumption is that U.S. public media institutions and international broadcasters are also transforming themselves to serve the emerging public interests in media. How should these institutions be changing to meet the needs of audiences that…

  • Events,  Public Diplomacy

    2010 Cultural Diplomacy Conference: Cultural Diplomacy as a Listening Project?

    On Monday, 8 November 2010, the International Communication Program of American University’s School of International Service, with sponsorship from the MountainRunner Institute and the Public Diplomacy Council, will host a 1-day conference to consider the extent to which, and how, cultural diplomacy might be a “listening project.” From 12:00pm to 4:30pm on the AU campus, this conference is an opportunity for productive exchange among key stakeholders in the future of cultural diplomacy, all of whom should be in more regular conversation: the policy community, practitioners in public diplomacy, and academic researchers on the topic.

  • Events,  Now Media,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Diplomacy

    Navy Strategic Communication Workshop

    I’m off to the beautiful Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California to give a lecture tomorrow as part of the Navy Strategic Communication Workshop. About the SCW: The Navy Strategic Communication Workshop (SCW) is a three‐day workshop designed to help commands in the development and implementation of a Strategic Communication planning process. Participants are encouraged to attend as part of a command sponsored team of three to five members, led by a senior executive (Flag Officer or Senior Executive Service member). Ideally, teams include a diverse mix of functional area responsibilities. Teams are asked to bring strategic plans or change initiatives that might require a strategic communication component. Through a…

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    Event: Admiral Mike Mullen at UCLA

    Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the 2010-11 Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace at UCLA on 10 November 2010. This lecture is presented by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations.  For more information, including how to register, visit the Burkle website. I’ll see you there.

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    ISA Working Group on Public Diplomacy

    The International Studies Association was founded in 1959 to promote research and education international affairs. Its annual conference is a significant event for relevant academic communities. The next annual conference will be in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on March 16-19, 2011. More significant for the readers of this blog, the 2011 conference has a new addition: Working Group on Public Diplomacy: The primary objective of the Working Group on Public Diplomacy is to establish a productive community of scholars from across the disciplines and divisions of ISA in order to advance the scholarship and teaching on public diplomacy. Public diplomacy represents an increasingly important convergence of multiple research trajectories within the…