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  • Issue Brief posted May 5, 2015 by Helle C. Dale, Brett D. Schaefer U.S. International Broadcasting Still Needs Reform

    Congressional efforts to reform and reorganize U.S. international broadcasting (USIB) stalled last year. The U.S. International Communications Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4490)[1] was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House but was never introduced in the Senate. The USIB is still much in need of reform and facing greater challenges than at any time since…

  • WebMemo posted August 31, 2011 by Helle C. Dale Congress Must Set High Bar for White House Strategic Communications Plan

    The U.S. government is struggling to coordinate the volumes of information from the many agencies and departments that make up slices of the public diplomacy and strategic communications pie. Congress needs to use its oversight to evaluate the variety of agencies, set specific goals, and ensure that the vital work of public diplomacy moves forward.   The…

  • WebMemo posted March 16, 2011 by Helle C. Dale, Nick Zahn Time to Rethink the Broadcasting Board of Governors

    Recent strategic decisions by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) on Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts to China suggest that the time has come for Congress to take a serious look at the way the U.S. government manages its international broadcasting services. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 1,…

  • WebMemo posted November 7, 2011 by Helle C. Dale Congress Should Overhaul BBG Management

    Congress should undertake much overdue oversight of the management practices and structures of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). U.S. international broadcasting needs professional management and a transparent structure and does not have it at the moment. Consistently Inconsistent As a part-time, rotating, nine-member board that makes…

  • WebMemo posted February 3, 2012 by Helle C. Dale Fill the Public Diplomacy Leadership Vacuum

    The U.S. government’s public diplomacy institutions are running on autopilot. While other nations, such as China, are ramping up public diplomacy and soft-power capabilities, the attention of the political leaders in this country is focused elsewhere: the budget deficit, the economy, the presidential election, etc. The effect is that the people who should be advocating…

  • Issue Brief posted April 24, 2014 by Helle C. Dale, Brett D. Schaefer Time to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting

    Congressional efforts are currently under way to reorganize U.S. international broadcasting (USIB). Although the draft legislation is not publicly available, these are several key issues that any bill should address. Poor Governance The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees most major civilian assets of USIB, is dysfunctional and should be reformed or…

  • WebMemo posted June 8, 2011 by Helle C. Dale Support Continued Voice of America Broadcasting to China

    Proponents of U.S. international broadcasting to China got some reason for hope last month when a group of congressmen, led by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R–CA) produced a letter in support of continued funding for communication to the vast Chinese populace. The congressmen propose to fence off a portion of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) budget (part of…

  • WebMemo posted May 26, 2010 by Helle C. Dale Don’t Silence Voice of America

    With the proliferation and fragmentation of traditional news sources, what do most people identify as the medium they trust most for information? According to a new poll by Ofcom, the independent regulating authority of the British communications industries, the answer is radio. Of the poll’s 1,824 respondents, 66 percent said they found radio the most reliable medium.…

  • WebMemo posted December 13, 2010 by Helle C. Dale U.S. International Broadcasting: The Need for a New Strategic Plan

    One of the mysteries surrounding U.S. international broadcasting is why more money spent each year is buying less and less airtime. Even as the budget for such operations continues to grow, U.S. broadcasting services are being cut back—and, no less, in parts of the world that are of immense strategic value to the U.S. The new Congress should ask questions about the…

  • WebMemo posted March 21, 2011 by Dean Cheng Middle East Lessons for China: Internal Stability

    With all of the upheaval in the Middle East, the question naturally arises: What lessons are the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and especially the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), likely to have learned from all of this upheaval? Particularly, are the Chinese likely to interpret it as underscoring the need to become more democratic? The Chinese reaction thus far suggests…

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  • Issue Brief posted May 5, 2015 by Helle C. Dale, Brett D. Schaefer U.S. International Broadcasting Still Needs Reform

    Congressional efforts to reform and reorganize U.S. international broadcasting (USIB) stalled last year. The U.S. International Communications Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4490)[1] was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House but was never introduced in the Senate. The USIB is still much in need of reform and facing greater challenges than at any time since…

  • Issue Brief posted April 24, 2014 by Helle C. Dale, Brett D. Schaefer Time to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting

    Congressional efforts are currently under way to reorganize U.S. international broadcasting (USIB). Although the draft legislation is not publicly available, these are several key issues that any bill should address. Poor Governance The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees most major civilian assets of USIB, is dysfunctional and should be reformed or…

  • WebMemo posted February 3, 2012 by Helle C. Dale Fill the Public Diplomacy Leadership Vacuum

    The U.S. government’s public diplomacy institutions are running on autopilot. While other nations, such as China, are ramping up public diplomacy and soft-power capabilities, the attention of the political leaders in this country is focused elsewhere: the budget deficit, the economy, the presidential election, etc. The effect is that the people who should be advocating…

  • WebMemo posted November 7, 2011 by Helle C. Dale Congress Should Overhaul BBG Management

    Congress should undertake much overdue oversight of the management practices and structures of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). U.S. international broadcasting needs professional management and a transparent structure and does not have it at the moment. Consistently Inconsistent As a part-time, rotating, nine-member board that makes…

  • WebMemo posted August 31, 2011 by Helle C. Dale Congress Must Set High Bar for White House Strategic Communications Plan

    The U.S. government is struggling to coordinate the volumes of information from the many agencies and departments that make up slices of the public diplomacy and strategic communications pie. Congress needs to use its oversight to evaluate the variety of agencies, set specific goals, and ensure that the vital work of public diplomacy moves forward.   The…

  • WebMemo posted June 8, 2011 by Helle C. Dale Support Continued Voice of America Broadcasting to China

    Proponents of U.S. international broadcasting to China got some reason for hope last month when a group of congressmen, led by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R–CA) produced a letter in support of continued funding for communication to the vast Chinese populace. The congressmen propose to fence off a portion of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) budget (part of…

  • WebMemo posted March 21, 2011 by Dean Cheng Middle East Lessons for China: Internal Stability

    With all of the upheaval in the Middle East, the question naturally arises: What lessons are the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and especially the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), likely to have learned from all of this upheaval? Particularly, are the Chinese likely to interpret it as underscoring the need to become more democratic? The Chinese reaction thus far suggests…

  • WebMemo posted March 16, 2011 by Helle C. Dale, Nick Zahn Time to Rethink the Broadcasting Board of Governors

    Recent strategic decisions by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) on Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts to China suggest that the time has come for Congress to take a serious look at the way the U.S. government manages its international broadcasting services. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 1,…

  • WebMemo posted December 13, 2010 by Helle C. Dale U.S. International Broadcasting: The Need for a New Strategic Plan

    One of the mysteries surrounding U.S. international broadcasting is why more money spent each year is buying less and less airtime. Even as the budget for such operations continues to grow, U.S. broadcasting services are being cut back—and, no less, in parts of the world that are of immense strategic value to the U.S. The new Congress should ask questions about the…

  • WebMemo posted May 26, 2010 by Helle C. Dale Don’t Silence Voice of America

    With the proliferation and fragmentation of traditional news sources, what do most people identify as the medium they trust most for information? According to a new poll by Ofcom, the independent regulating authority of the British communications industries, the answer is radio. Of the poll’s 1,824 respondents, 66 percent said they found radio the most reliable medium.…

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