Anne Smedinghoff Didn’t Have to Die Part 2

[ Last week, Zen hosted Pete Turner’s guest post, PRT and State Department Ignorance Fails Us All. Here is part 2 of that article — posted by Charles Cameron for Zen ] . ** Last week I wrote about the tragedy of Anne Smedinghoff, who died on a patrol in Qalat Afghanistan.  This is part […] Read more »

New Book- The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House

[by Mark Safranski / a.k.a  “zen“] The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House […] by Zalmay Khalilzad Just received a courtesy review copy of The Envoy, the memoir of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, from Christine at St. Martin’s Press. Khalilzad was part of a small group of diplomatic troubleshooters and heavy hitters for the second Bush […] Read more »

Guest Post: PRT and State Department Ignorance Fails Us All

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“]             Anne Smedinghoff ZP is pleased to bring you a guest post by Pete Turner, co-host of The Break it Down Show and is an advocate of better, smarter, transition operations. Turner has extensive overseas experience in hazardous conditions in a variety of positions including operations: […] Read more »

Saudis Playing with Fire

Maybe, as we renegotiate our relations with Iran, we should also be asking why Saudi Arabia is not working to create a more peaceful world instead of stirring up sectarian animosity. Perhaps this relationship, too, needs to be renegotiated. A little more distance would seem to be in order. Read more »

Islamic State, the thrill [ ?? !! ]

[ by Charles Cameron — the violence, the sheer cruelty, is stupefying, true, and frequently misunderstood ] . Example: ISIS crucifies 5 more men in the city of al-Mayadeen- it has now crucified 8 people there in a week. #TerrorFacts — Think AgainTurn Away (@ThinkAgain_DOS) July 1, 2015 ** What I’d like to do […] Read more »

Where’s the Vision? Where’s the Dream?

What credible aspirational dream (or better yet—reality) can the U.S. match against the dream of an invigorated Caliphate? Is there room, today, for everyone to be meaningfully, comfortably included in that American dream? Lacking inspiring answers to these questions, there is no way the U.S. can compete with ISIS. Read more »

Victory for Putin, or Skewed Reporting?

Even during the darkest days of the Cold War, leaders of the US and the Soviet Union met to discuss areas of agreement and disagreement to keep international conflicts from escalating out of control. Such was Secretary John Kerry’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi – the intent of which, I think, was badly mischaracterized in Dale Herszenhorn’s report in the New York Times May 16, 2015. The headline of that article was “Kerry’s Visit Marks Diplomatic Victory, and Affirmation, for Putin.” Herszenhorn’s sources? Spokesmen – or quasi-spokesmen – for the Kremlin. Only many paragraphs down does he describe the reason for the visit from the US government perspective. . . Read more »

Diplomacy’s Public Dimension: Books, Articles, Websites #74

This roundup of recent public diplomacy related reads is courtesy of Bruce Gregory. It is intended for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses, but of course all are welcome to peruse and recommend items for future lists. Bruce is an adjunct professor at both George Washington University and Georgetown University. His knowledge of the discussions […] Read more »

The Smith-Mundt Act: A legislative history from 1953 by Burton Paulu

Updated February 19, 2015. Originally published December 24, 2008. This 1953 Journalism Quarterly article by Burton Paulu entitled “Smith-Mundt Act- A legislative history” (3.7mb PDF) is a good read for anyone interested in the subject of public diplomacy, including exchanges of all kinds and international media, and the Smith-Mundt Act. It is an interesting contemporary overview of […] Read more »

White Paper – Military Public Diplomacy

This report analyzes the structure of military public diplomacy, explores the reasoning behind it, and examines a variety of case studies occurring since 2001.

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