Goodbye Clock, Hello McHale

by Steven R. Corman Judith McHale was sworn-in yesterday as Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  Accordingly the Countup Clock that has graced these pages for the last several weeks has been retired. The final reading was 129 days between President Obama’s inauguration and swearing in the new PD Chief.  As others have noted as well, that’s not much haste relative to the importance of the job, and it does not bode well […] Read more »

Guantanamo and al Qaeda Strategic Communication

by Steven R. Corman This weekend the mainstream media reported that Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen and former Secretary of State Colin Powell had come to the defense of the Obama administration’s plans to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.  They were reacting to recent statements by Republican political leaders opposing Obama’s plans. I want to comment on one element of this:  Whether the existence of the prison has served as a strategic communication tool […] Read more »

NATO Conference on Strategic Communication

by Steven R. Corman Hi there.  Long time, no blog.  That’s in part because I was attending a conference entitled Strategic Communication for Combating Terrorism sponsored by the NATO Center of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey.  The workshop featured 15 experts on strategic communication, including fellow blogger Matt Armstrong of MountainRunner. Considering that we did not coordinate our subject matter in advance, there was a remarkable amount of  convergence among the presentations.  […] Read more »