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  • Backgrounder posted November 20, 2008 by Tony Blankley, Helle C. Dale, Oliver Horn Reforming U.S. Public Diplomacy for the 21st Century

    Margaret Thatcher once said that America is the only nation in the world "built upon an idea."[1] This idea--liberty--has transcended geography and eth­nicity to shape American identity and to inspire political discourse, both domestic and foreign, since the nation's founding nearly two and a half centuries ago. Indeed, John Adams wrote that the American Revolution…

  • Executive Summary posted November 20, 2008 by Tony Blankley, Helle C. Dale, Oliver Horn Executive Summary: Reforming U.S. Public Diplomacy for the 21stCentury

    Margaret Thatcher once said that America is the only nation in the world "built upon an idea." It is therefore both frustrating and ironic that the United States should have such difficulty convey­ing ideas today. Seven years into the war on terror­ism, it is apparent that final victory must be won not only on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in…

  • WebMemo posted May 29, 2008 by Tony Blankley, Oliver Horn Strategizing Strategic Communication

    As the two-front war in Iraq and Afghanistan continues, Congress is finally beginning to calibrate the nation's instruments of foreign policy on a new front-the information battle in the War on Terror. While scholars and policymakers may differ on what to call this new battlefield-the War of Ideas, Fourth Generation Warfare, or Soft Power-most would agree that the…

  • Lecture posted March 14, 2008 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., Helle C. Dale, Colleen Graffy, Michael Doran, Joseph Duffey, Tony Blankley Public Diplomacy: Reinvigorating America's Strategic Communications Policy

    EDWIN J. FEULNER: I welcome you to this very important discussion on public diplomacy. First, a little bit of ancient history. In the first Reagan Administration, I was invited by the President to serve as a Member, and then as the Chairman, of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Pub­lic Diplomacy. I had the honor of being a Member and the Chair on that panel for…

  • Commentary posted January 3, 2008 by Tony Blankley 4,000 sacrificed to vindicate 3,000

    In Iraq, as military and security conditions continue to improve, American war politics enters one of its stranger moments in our history. Certainly it is historically odd for war reporting to diminish almost to the point of public invisibility - just as our troops are starting to gain the upper hand. But we are fighting this war with the journalists we have, not the…

  • Commentary posted November 15, 2007 by Tony Blankley Victory in Iraq

    It has become obligatory for both pro- and antiwar commentators to never mention the possibility of victory in Iraq. The most that antiwar people will admit is that the surge has gained a temporary military advantage in a war that cannot be won militarily. The most pro-war commentators will claim is that they see the possibility of "success" perhaps, maybe, someday,…

  • Commentary posted November 8, 2007 by Tony Blankley Ketchup flowing in the streets

    As this column went to print, from Islamabad to London to Paris to Moscow to Los Angeles - wherever a flickering video image could reach - the nerves of the world became more frayed this week with the images of mass demonstrations in the streets and the stunning announcement that Hollywood writers have gone on strike for more humane working conditions. As a point…

  • Commentary posted October 25, 2007 by Tony Blankley What a mess

    With the steady decline of our selected ally Gen. Pervez Musharraf's ability to govern Pakistan, and the growing alienation of the Turkish people and government from their longtime ally, the United States, it is fair to say that from the Bosporus to the Himalayas, American interests continue to decline, while American policy drifts. It is ironic, if not mordant, to…

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