Many congratulations -- and gratitude -- to the Public Diplomacy Council (of which I am a faithful member) for organizing a luncheon discussion (best free sandwiches in Washington!) on Russia's current propaganda. Excellent reports (1) (2) have appeared on the presentations of the participants.
In the spirit of debate -- and isn't what PD is all about -- allow me to express some reservations about contentions by the distinguished members of the panel cited in the above Russian propaganda discussion:
- RFE/RL must "aggressively" (how about intelligently, I could not help but wonder) counteract Russian propaganda re Ukraine (RFE/RL interim Director);
- The USG must "repeat" its message over and over again (State Department functionary);
- The U.S. must have a "clear message" re the Ukrainian situation (the main "message," it seemed to me, of all three speakers).