by Steven R. Corman
John Brown sent me a link from russiaprofile.org that he labeled “important.” The article describes a Russian public diplomacy effort that comes with an eyebrow-raising budget. Quoth the article:
As Peter Finn describes it, â€œThe Kremlin is pumping tens of millions of dollars into various forms of public diplomacy. They include new media ventures to target international audiences; foundations to promote Russian language and culture around the world; conferences to charm Western opinion-makers; and nongovernmental organizations that are setting up shop in Western capitals to scrutinize the failings of Western democracy.â€
The description of the program is followed by analysis from seven experts. Though they all have different takes, if you squint while reading you can discern a plurality opinion the offensive is somewhere between unnecessary, ill-advised, and overblown.