I have no great original thoughts of my own today, so I thought I’d draw your attention to a couple of things worth checking out, depending on your particular interests (part 1)…
The Consortium for Strategic Communication (CSC) describes itself as follows: “an initiative of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. It is composed of an interdisciplinary group of scholars at ASU and partner institutions who are interested in applying knowledge of human communication to issues of countering ideological support for terrorism (CIST), diplomacy and public diplomacy.”
Dr. Steven Corman heads up the CSC. I’ve heard him speak several times and I have always found the things that come out of the CSC to be thought-provoking. This is real strategically useful stuff. For instance, I learned from the CSC that the dominant model under which the U.S. Government communicates with foreign audiences is based on state-of-the-art academic theory…of several decades ago.
I’m adding CSC’s COMOPS Journal, “Analysis, Commentary and News from the World of Strategic Communication,” to my blogroll today. Those of you interested in the “war of ideas,” the “war on terrorism,” and other related topics should check it out. COMOPS Journal tends to be responsive to current developments. I also recommend Corman, et al, Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Strategic Communication to Combat Violent Extremism for some more stand-back type of pieces.