The More They Know the Less They Like

by Steven R. Corman I just ran across this interesting release from Gallup.  It cross-analyzes data from Gallup’s Communications Index “which measures the extent to which respondents are connected via electronic communications” and approval of U.S. leadership. The results are not too encouraging.  Basically, the more wired the respondents are, the less inclined they are to approve of U.S. leadership and vice versa. Gallup reckons that the “vice versa” (i.e. approve) results are skewed by […] Read more »

OK, Now I’m Confused

by Steven R. Corman I just ran across this “Washington whisper” item in USNWR: President Obama has nominated longtime national security expert Philip J. “P. J.” Crowley as assistant secretary of state for public affairs, a move that suggests that the department’s public diplomacy with foreign nations will be stepped up. Crowley, currently a senior fellow and director of homeland security at the Center for American Progress, is expected to play more of a background […] Read more »

McHale Nominated as PD Chief

by Steven R. Corman Today the White House announced its intent to nominate Judith McHale as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (h/t Matt). Obviously the Obama administration couldn’t withstand the unrelenting pressure of the Count-Up Clock.  I can only imagine the meetings that must have taken place over the weekend.  Had I known it would be so effective, I would have put it up months ago. Yet we’re not quite […] Read more »

What a Difference a Decade Makes

by Mark Woodward* It has now been nearly eleven years, and three general elections, since the chaotic days of the Indonesian democratic transition of 1998. At that time many observers questioned the viability of the new democracy, particularly in light of the fact that the transition took place in the midst of an economic and political crisis that left millions with out steady jobs and in which thousands died in outbreaks of ethnic and religious. […] Read more »

Introducing the PD Chief Count-Up Clock

by Steven R. Corman Matt’s latest post reminded me that we are still awaiting the appointment of a new Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Perhaps the problem is that the task of filling the PD post has simply fallen off the radar screen.  I mean, we all know how things can slip between the cracks when busy people get busy, right? As our own modest effort to help keep the […] Read more »

Goodbye GWOT, Hello…Oversseas Contingency Operation?

by Steven R. Corman Well it’s official.  Earlier last week AP reported comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the government is no longer using the phrase “global war on terror” (GWOT): The administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself. Indeed.  It says that you can’t go to war with a noun, that the conflict with terrorist groups involves no territory or front line, there will be no […] Read more »