"Events in the past year have made a United States Government information program more important than ever. Information is one of the three essential components in carrying out United States foreign policy — the other two, of course, being military and economic. Each has its function to perform in this great struggle for the minds of men, and each has, or should have, an equally high place in the strategic plan."
Burton Paulu's 1953 article based on his PhD thesis of four years earlier was a timely reminder of the some of the issues surrounding the peacetime establishment of informational and exchange programs just as several Presidential commissions were reviewing whether to separate these programs from State.
Some quotes from a draft Information Policy toward Russia by George Kennan in July 1946 are readily transferable to modern discourse. Most, even the ones that may seem quaint, became the basic operating principle of America's counter to Soviet propaganda.
A look at a Brookings Institute report from 1948 on the U.S. government past, present, and future plans for international information programs. Written by a former insider, the 397-page report recommended that information policy must be tightly coupled with the rest of foreign policy because of the modern nature of international affairs.
Later this month, I swim across the English Channel as part of a relay to raise money for Aspire, an organization helping people paralyzed by spinal chord injuries. This will not be an easy swim because of the complexity of the route and environment.
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.
Compiled by Bruce Gregory on June 5, 2015, and 'Intended for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses, here is an update on resources that may be of general interest. Suggestions for future updates are welcome.'