This week, the Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College released a report by Dr. Steve Tatham on Information Operations and Strategic Communications as practiced by the U.S. Government. The paper tackles a variety of issues within the communications sphere, and includes case studies, but offers its best analysis on the hard question of metrics.
Firms are not only scrambling to compete in BRIC countries, they are also looking beyond the horizon for growth in frontier markets in Sub Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other regions.
Creating awareness by spreading information through these tools is not a guarantor of success. Getting followers, likes, and building an audience is definitely an important factor in using the internet for foreign policy purposes, but it is far from the end-game.
Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held its confirmation hearing for the nomination of Richard Stengel as the 8th Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
The fact that Rouhani is currently president, whether elected by the Iranian people or merely “permitted” by Supreme Leader Khamenei, is not an insignificant step. That there is so much opposition within Iran is indicative of divisive political winds that could tear down the scaffolding currently helping to maintain the diplomatic process.
Ms. Paskal talked about the developing geopolitical situation in the South Pacific. While the region has historically been dominated by the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand more recently, their influence is waning, she noted.