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Strategic Communication

The Strategic Communication Project (SPI) is dedicated to the effective pursuit of strategic public diplomacy not only in order to secure a safer world but to advance the universal values of freedom and democracy, by whatever name. The SPI consists of a website, a blog, a task force, and the study of a special topic – Countering Anti-American Disinformation.

THE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION BLOG

http://stratcomblog.wordpress.com/ – is entitled “What’s Happening Now in Strategic Communication?”. It consists of ongoing events, new publications, and information about the Strategic Public Diplomacy Taskforce.

THE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION TASKFORCE

The SPD Task Force, co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation, and The Institute of World Politics, holds monthly round table discussions (off-the-record) at IWP. Its mission is to reach a number of actionable recommendations and reforms that can be encapsulated in legislation on a bi-partisan basis, as well as offer useful proposals to the executive branch. Too many of the excellent studies that have been produced are gathering dust; the time has come to find ways of turning recommendations into action.

Co-Chairmen:

Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation, Dr. William Galston, Brookings Institute, Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon, Institute of World Politics;

Participants:

  • Matt Armstrong, former Executive Director, US Advisory Board for Public Diplomacy
  • Col. (ret.) Carl G. (Glenn) Ayers, DARPA
  • Josh Carter, Legislative Assistant for Sen. John Hoever
  • Michael Clauser, former aide to Cong. Mac Thornberry
  • Bob Coonrod, Public Diplomacy Council
  • James Dean, Heritage Foundation
  • Dr. Joe Duffey, Laureate Intl. Universities Network
  • Amir Fakhravar, IWP
  • Paul Foldi, Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff
  • Roy Godson, National Strategy Information Center
  • Joel Harding, Information Operations Holistic Organizer
  • Paul Huxhold, SOCOM
  • Dr. Larry Lauer, CSIS
  • Kristin Lord, Center for a New American Security
  • Paul Matulic, Senate Intelligence Committee
  • Kevin McCarty, former NSC official
  • Girvin Miller, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network
  • Ambassador Louise Oliver
  • Katy Quinn, Cong. Adam Smith staff
  • Dr. Christopher Paul, RAND
  • Dr. Walid Phares, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • Robert Reilly, American Foreign Policy Council
  • Jan Smith, Heritage Foundation
  • Damon Stephens, National Counterterrorism Center
  • Col. John (Matt) Venhaus, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
  • Dr. J. Michael Waller, IWP
  • Sheila Weidenfeld, Gen. Consul, San Marino
  • Michael Williams, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Other resources

Panel: Pentagon Role Needed in Public Diplomacy

Lecture by Juliana Pilon: The Art of Connection through Public and Cultural Diplomacy

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