Gates Forum Research

Policy recommendations for U.S. strategic communications amid great power competition

U.S. Strategic Communications vis-à-vis China and Russia

What concrete actions can the United States take to reimagine its strategic communications capabilities in an era of intensifying great power competition with China and Russia?

This series of reports and novel datasets quantifies the imperative to reinvest in U.S. strategic communications capabilities. The research makes a rigorous assessment of lessons learned from America’s historical practice of international broadcasting and public diplomacy up to the present day, as well as blindspots and opportunities for the U.S. moving forward in light of the strategic communications playbooks in use by China, Russia, and Japan.

Last December, William & Mary's Global Research Institute (GRI) partnered with the Gates Global Policy Center to convene the inaugural Gates Forum, a meeting of high-level policymakers to distill insights from newly commissioned analysis by AidData and weigh options for U.S. foreign policy.

The conversation continues and on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST, you are invited to join a panel of experts in-person in Washington, DC or online as GRI and AidData publicly launch the resulting research volume, Reputational Security: The Imperative to Reinvest in America’s Strategic Communications Capabilities.

Panel Event

“Reputational Security: The Imperative to Reinvest in America’s Strategic Communications Capabilities"
  • Director of Policy Analysis, AidData
  • Executive Director, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
  • Director, Strategic Planning and Communications, Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, U.S. State Department
  • Director, Project for Media and National Security

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