Monthly Archives: August 2009

Public Diplomacy

Strategic Communications and the Graveyard of Empires – John Brown

John Brown, a former USIA foreign service officer who is now associated with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, has posted an article about an apparent dispute within the Obama Administration on the direction of “strategic communications.” Here are some excerpts: There seems to be yet another bureaucratic battle brewing in Washington. On one side of…

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Russia

Secretary Clinton Silent on Russia’s Campaign to Defend The Hitler-Stalin Pact

  When Secretary Clinton issued a statement on the 20th anniversary of the protests that led to freeing the Baltic states from Soviet domination, she failed to condemn the current campaign initiated by the Kremlin to rehabilitate Stalin and his pact with Hitler. I can think of no previous U.S. Secretary of State or administration that would have been unconcerned…

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International Broadcasting, Russia

The Kremlin’s Efforts to Rewrite Soviet History Work in Subtle Ways

  FreeMediaOnline.org, Free Media Online Blog, GovoritAmerika.us, Media analysis by Ted Lipien, August 21, 2009, San Francisco –A title of a recent report on the Voice of America Russian Service website caught my attention: “Сговор Сталина с Гитлером – «единственное средство самообороны»?” “Stalin’s Pact with Hitler – «The Only Means of Self-Defense»?”   The story posted in Russian was the…

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International Broadcasting, Russia

US Public Diplomacy Failure to Reach Out to the Russians After Terrorist Attack in Ingushetia – FreeMediaOnline.org (Free Media Online Blog)

FreeMediaOnline.org, Free Media Online Blog, GovoritAmerika.us, Commentary by Ted Lipien, August 18, 2009, San Francisco — Ever since the United States Information Agency (USIA) was dismantled in a foolish post-Cold War cost-cutting move, the U.S. State Department and American diplomats abroad have not been able to present a coherent message to foreign audiences quickly and effectively. The latest example is…

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US Public Diplomacy Failure to Reach Out to the Russians After Terrorist Attack in Ingushetia

FreeMediaOnline.org, Free Media Online Blog, GovoritAmerika.us, Commentary by Ted Lipien, August 18, 2009, San Francisco — Ever since the United States Information Agency (USIA) was dismantled in a foolish post-Cold War cost-cutting move, the U.S. State Department and American diplomats abroad have not been able to present a coherent message to foreign audiences quickly and effectively. The latest example is…

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Russia

More Trouble at Radio Liberty

The latest news about continuing turmoil at the US taxpayer-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), which is managed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) — an independent U.S. Federal agency — comes from Anatoly Karlin’s blog Sublime Oblivion.   Translation: “Radio Liberty – The Liberty of Mendacity” Published on August 16, 2009 in Da Russophile   Anatoly Karlin: “One…

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International Broadcasting, Russia

Voice of America Report Shows Confusion and Divisions Over Obama’s Policy Toward Russia

FreeMediaOnline.org, August 13, 2009, San Francisco — A report by a senior Voice of America (VOA) correspondent, posted online today, shows a high level of confusion over the Obama Administration’s new policy of “resetting” relations with Russia. While the report by VOA’s Andre de Nesnera focuses on statements by Vice President Biden, which have “angered” Russian officials, and on apparent…

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