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  • Testimony posted June 25, 2012 by Nick Zahn China and Public Diplomacy: Chinese Media Reciprocity Act of 2011

    Testimony before Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Enforcement United States House June 20, 2012 My name is Nick Zahn. I am the Asia Communications Fellow and Director of the Washington Roundtable for the Asia Pacific Press at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official…

  • Backgrounder posted March 5, 2012 by Helle C. Dale Why America Has Trouble Reaching Iran: VOA’s Persian News Network in Dire Need of Reform

    Abstract: The regime that controls Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, and close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. Controlled by this regime are 74 million Iranians, 60 percent of which are under age 30, multitudes of whom reject the fanatic theocracy that tries to separate them from outside ideas. Millions of…

  • 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…

  • Lecture posted September 8, 2011 by Huchen Zhang, Dan Dickey, David S. Jackson Radio Silence in China: VOA Abandons the Airwaves

    Abstract: On October 1, 2011, Voice of America’s (VOA) Chinese radio service will go silent, as U.S. international broadcasting abandons the airwaves and moves to the Internet. In the burgeoning age of new media, many, including the management at Voice of America, seem to be questioning the continued relevance of shortwave radio. Yet, while the Internet offers…

  • 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 16, 2011 by Helle C. Dale After bin Laden: End the Public Diplomacy Apology Tour

    The global reaction to the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden must have taken the Obama Administration by surprise. While not 100 percent positive, the reaction to the terrorist mastermind’s killing by U.S. Navy SEALs has been one of great international relief. The presidential decision not to release the photos of bin Laden’s body—so as not to “spike the football,”…

  • 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.…

  • WebMemo posted August 18, 2008 by Helle C. Dale, Oliver Horn The Sound of Silence: The Decline of the Voice of America inEastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia

    Last week, an exhausted, retreating Georgian soldier was overheard asking, "Where are our friends?"[1] Given that only days before the conflict--and for the first time in over 60 years of broadcasting--the Voice of America's (VOA) Russian-language radio programming fell silent, this was a legitimate question. Russian is the principle language in both Russia and large…

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  • Backgrounder posted March 5, 2012 by Helle C. Dale Why America Has Trouble Reaching Iran: VOA’s Persian News Network in Dire Need of Reform

    Abstract: The regime that controls Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, and close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. Controlled by this regime are 74 million Iranians, 60 percent of which are under age 30, multitudes of whom reject the fanatic theocracy that tries to separate them from outside ideas. Millions of…

  • 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…

  • Testimony posted June 25, 2012 by Nick Zahn China and Public Diplomacy: Chinese Media Reciprocity Act of 2011

    Testimony before Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Enforcement United States House June 20, 2012 My name is Nick Zahn. I am the Asia Communications Fellow and Director of the Washington Roundtable for the Asia Pacific Press at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official…

  • Lecture posted September 8, 2011 by Huchen Zhang, Dan Dickey, David S. Jackson Radio Silence in China: VOA Abandons the Airwaves

    Abstract: On October 1, 2011, Voice of America’s (VOA) Chinese radio service will go silent, as U.S. international broadcasting abandons the airwaves and moves to the Internet. In the burgeoning age of new media, many, including the management at Voice of America, seem to be questioning the continued relevance of shortwave radio. Yet, while the Internet offers…

  • WebMemo posted May 16, 2011 by Helle C. Dale After bin Laden: End the Public Diplomacy Apology Tour

    The global reaction to the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden must have taken the Obama Administration by surprise. While not 100 percent positive, the reaction to the terrorist mastermind’s killing by U.S. Navy SEALs has been one of great international relief. The presidential decision not to release the photos of bin Laden’s body—so as not to “spike the football,”…

  • WebMemo posted August 18, 2008 by Helle C. Dale, Oliver Horn The Sound of Silence: The Decline of the Voice of America inEastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia

    Last week, an exhausted, retreating Georgian soldier was overheard asking, "Where are our friends?"[1] Given that only days before the conflict--and for the first time in over 60 years of broadcasting--the Voice of America's (VOA) Russian-language radio programming fell silent, this was a legitimate question. Russian is the principle language in both Russia and large…

  • 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 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.…

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  • Backgrounder posted March 5, 2012 by Helle C. Dale Why America Has Trouble Reaching Iran: VOA’s Persian News Network in Dire Need of Reform

    Abstract: The regime that controls Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, and close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. Controlled by this regime are 74 million Iranians, 60 percent of which are under age 30, multitudes of whom reject the fanatic theocracy that tries to separate them from outside ideas. Millions of…

  • 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 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 16, 2011 by Helle C. Dale After bin Laden: End the Public Diplomacy Apology Tour

    The global reaction to the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden must have taken the Obama Administration by surprise. While not 100 percent positive, the reaction to the terrorist mastermind’s killing by U.S. Navy SEALs has been one of great international relief. The presidential decision not to release the photos of bin Laden’s body—so as not to “spike the football,”…

  • 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.…

  • WebMemo posted August 18, 2008 by Helle C. Dale, Oliver Horn The Sound of Silence: The Decline of the Voice of America inEastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia

    Last week, an exhausted, retreating Georgian soldier was overheard asking, "Where are our friends?"[1] Given that only days before the conflict--and for the first time in over 60 years of broadcasting--the Voice of America's (VOA) Russian-language radio programming fell silent, this was a legitimate question. Russian is the principle language in both Russia and large…

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Find more work on Voice of America