• China,  Public Diplomacy

    China builds at least 60 public diplomacy outposts in US while permitting 4 US centers in China

    China: 60, US: 0 Nicholas Kralev reports at The Washington Times that Congress is expressing its concern at the disparity between the number of cultural centers China and the US have permitted in each others countries. While China has setup 60 in the US, it is currently permitting only four to be built. At present, there are no such US centers in China.

  • Public Diplomacy

    Defense Department roundtable on the Nuclear Posture Review

    Earlier this week, the Defense Department’s Blogger Roundtable with Dr. Bradley R. Roberts, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense, and Admiral John Roberti, Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy, J-5, The Joint Staff, about the Nuclear Posture Review. The transcript here (PDF 106kb) as the podcast is here. My question was aimed at the public diplomacy opportunities of the nuclear weapons talks & events, which range from the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) to the Nuclear Summit next week to the START replacement negotiations, to the May non-proliferation conference at the United Nations. My question below is followed by the responses of Dr. Roberts.

  • Defense Department,  Psychological Struggle

    Admiral Mike Mullen on Military Strategy at Kansas State University, March 2010

    Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered a speech at Kansas State University as part of the Landon Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Some highlights are at the top, full text, including Q&A, is below the fold. U.S. foreign policy is still too dominated by the military. Secretaries Clinton and Gates have called for more funding and more emphasis on our soft power, and I could not agree with them more.  Should we choose to exert American influence solely through our troops, we should expect to see that influence diminish in time.  In fact, I would argue that in the future struggles of the…

  • ICT,  Psychological Struggle

    Mobile Phones Combat Taliban’s Afghan “Information Wastelands”

    From Bloomberg-BusinessWeek: “We found that Afghans in the most-troubled, insurgent- held areas lived in information wastelands dominated by militant propaganda,” [U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke] said March 17. “We are fighting back with a revamped strategy that puts the people and their ability to communicate at the forefront of our effort.” Joanna Nathan, author of a 2008 report on Taliban propaganda for the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, cautioned that expanding mobile-phone capacity isn’t enough to counteract the Taliban. They have dominated the war of words by exaggerating victories and fueling conspiracy theories, she said. “It’s not the words, but how credible is your message,” said Said Jawad, Afghan ambassador to…

  • Events,  ICT,  Now Media,  Public Diplomacy,  Social Media

    Event: Global Internet Freedom as a foreign policy imperative in a Digital Age

    On March 24, 2010, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will hold an event to mark the public launch of the U.S. Senate Caucus on Global Internet Freedom. Caucus co-chairs Senators Ted Kaufman (D-DE) and Sam Brownback (R-KS), and other Senate caucus members including Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Robert Casey (D-PA) and make remarks. Following the Senators’ remarks will be a panel discussion: Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Ambassador Mark Palmer, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs; Alan Davidson, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google; Richard Fontaine, Senior Fellow at CNAS; Daniel Calingaert, Deputy…