"Public Diplomacy has become a highly competitive discipline as global state and non-state actors alike have embraced the idea of influencing foreign publics and recruiting sympathizers on the web and through mass media," writes Dean Cheng in a recent Heritage Foundation research paper, "Winning Without Fighting: Chinese Public Opinion Warfare and the Need for a Robust American Response." China, along with other global competitors of the United States from Russia to Iran, and terrorist recruiters like Al Qaeda and its affiliates, are all heavily engaged in promoting their ideas and causes. To keep up, the U.S. government therefore needs to refocus its own efforts and resources to respond to the ideological and informational challenges of today.
Join us for a discussion of public diplomacy competition in the world today, and what the U.S. should do to win more hearts and minds around the world.
More About the Speakers
Amy Zalman, Ph.D.
Department of Defense Chair of Information Integration, National War College
J. Michael Waller, Ph.D.
Vice President for Information Operations, Center for Security Policy
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy