Reputational Security: The Imperative to Reinvest in America’s Strategic Communications Capabilities
Nov 23, 2022
Custer, S. (2022). Reputational Security: The Imperative to Reinvest in America’s Strategic Communications Capabilities. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.
Join a panel of experts for the public launch of the research volume, “Reputational Security: The Imperative to Reinvest in America’s Strategic Communications Capabilities,” at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2023, at the W&M Washington Center. You may register to attend in person or to livestream the event.
This report was commissioned for the December 2022 Gates Forum, which aimed to answer a single overarching question: 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 top-line synthesis report distills insights from seven background papers prepared for the Forum to help conferees: (i) assess lessons learned from America’s historical practice of international broadcasting and public diplomacy; (ii) understand blindspots and opportunities for the U.S. in light of the strategic communications’ playbooks used by one of our closest allies, Japan, and our fiercest competitors, Russia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC); and (iii) weigh the relative merits of policy options to strengthen U.S. strategic communications in future.
Assessing U.S. Historical Strategic Communications: Priorities, Practices, and Lessons from the Cold War through the Present Day
Samantha Custer, Bryan Burgess, Austin Baehr, Emily Dumont
Public Diplomacy and the Road to Reputational Security: Analogue Lessons from US History for a Digital Age
Nicholas J. Cull
Winning the Narrative: How China and Russia Wield Strategic Communications to Advance Their Goals
Samantha Custer, Austin Baehr, Bryan Burgess, Emily Dumont, Divya Mathew, Amber Hutchinson
China-Russia Strategic Communications: Evolving Visions and Practices
Autocratic Approaches to Information Manipulation: A Comparative Case Study
A Reliable Friend and Strategic Partner in the Indo-Pacific Region: Japan’s Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy
(Re)investing in Our Reputational Security: Alternative Models and Options Strengthen U.S. Strategic Communications