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Donald M. Bishop, CHAIR

Donald M. Bishop joined Marine Corps University as the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications in 2016.  The Chair is sponsored by the Marine Corps University Foundation.

Mr. Bishop was a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  

His first round of Foreign Service assignments were to Hong Kong; Taegu and Seoul, Korea; and Taipei, Taiwan. In Washington, he was a Congressional Fellow, and he directed the training of the Foreign Service's incoming Public Diplomacy officers.  Returning overseas, he directed U.S. Public Diplomacy programs in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and twice in China.

In 2006, Mr. Bishop was detailed to the Pentagon as the Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James T. Conway, and then to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Norton Schwartz. Traveling with these two members of the JCS, he visited five continents and joined service planning to develop strong relationships with the armed forces of other nations.

At the request of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Mr. Bishop led communication and Public Diplomacy at the American Embassy in Afghanistan as the "civilian surge" began. In Kabul he helped develop the Afghan government's relations with the media, and to cooperate with the U.S. and NATO commands.  Other portfolios included media relations, education and exchanges, English teaching, the preservation of cultural heritage sites, and the network of Lincoln Learning Centers throughout Afghanistan.

Before joining the MCU faculty, he was director of communications at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China; served a term as President of the Public Diplomacy Council; and participated in four U.S. Army brigade exercises at Fort Polk, Louisiana, as a role player.

Before entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Bishop was an Air Force officer. He served in Vietnam and Korea. From 1975 to 1979, he taught history on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a member of the summer training cadre for the first Academy class that included women.
 

Articles


Religious Liberty, not Religious Tolerance
American Diplomacy, June, 2015

http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2015/0106/fs/bishop_religious.html



Public Diplomacy:  Time to Debate Change, Continuity, and Doctrine

American Diplomacy, February, 2015

http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2015/0106/ca/bishop_pd.html



Take It From a Marine:  Lead with Lingo, Manage with Metaphors

Marine Corps Gazette, August, 2014

https://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/2014/08/take-it-marine#sthash.yXbv1LbG.dpuf



U.S. Public Diplomacy: Three Challenges

Ambassador’s Review, Spring, 2014

http://www.americanambassadors.org/leadership-development/public-diplomacy-fellowship/remarks-on-public-diplomacy

The speech was reprinted in the professional journal of the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center:  IOSphere, Winter 2103, pp. 7-10.



A Quote for My Marquee

Foreign Service Journal, March, 2014

http://www.afsa.org/quote-my-marquee



Delete "Overpopulation" from the Briefing Slides:  Do A Global Replace

Marine Corps Gazette, March, 2013, pp. 67-68.

https://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/2013/03/delete-overpopulation-briefing-slides#sthash.MZrsXgDz.dpuf




Op-Eds


For American Public Diplomacy, No Time to Waste [submitted title]

The Hill Online, November 16, 2016

http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/307198-trumps-state-department-needs-to-be-let-off-the-leash




This is My Country: Constitution and Citizenship Day

Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 17, 2014

http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/bishop-constitution-and-citizenship-day/article_3c2673db-e6c9-5bed-9099-c1bb40bc3963.html



Two Men, Same Dream

Cleveland Plain Dealer Online, 27 Aug 2013

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/08/two_men_same_dream_donald_m_bi.html



Essays

Public Diplomacy’s Oral History Interviews

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, July 30, 2017

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/07-30-17/public-diplomacys-oral-history-interviews

 

The Four Freedoms Revisited:  Freedom of Speech

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, January 10, 2016

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/01-10-16/four-freedoms-revisited-freedom-speech

 

The Four Freedoms:  A Campaign Revisited

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, January 6, 2016

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/01-06-16/four-freedoms-campaign-revisited

 

The Paris Attacks and U.S. Public Diplomacy

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 16, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-16-15/paris-attacks-and-us-public-diplomacy

 

U.S. Public Diplomacy After the Paris Attacks – Unanswered Questions

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 16, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-16-15/us-public-diplomacy-after-paris-attacks-%E2%80%93-unanswered-questions

 

Thinking of Thanksgiving ... and Governor Wilbur Cross

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 7, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-07-15/thinking-thanksgiving-and-governor-wilbur-cross

 

Public Diplomacy, not Development

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 1, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-01-15/public-diplomacy-not-development

 

Stephen Vincent Benet’s Radio Scripts

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, October 19, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/10-19-15/steven-vincent-ben%C3%A9t%E2%80%99s-radio-scripts

 

Countering is Not Enough

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, October 13, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/10-13-15/%E2%80%9Ccountering%E2%80%9D-not-enough

 

Public Diplomacy and the Gathering Storms

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, October 8, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/10-08-15/public-diplomacy-and-gathering-storms

 

“Hearts and Minds”: Ten Questions for the President

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, July 13, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/07-13-15/hearts-and-minds-ten-questions-president

 

Don’t Divide U.S. Broadcasters, Leverage Their Synergies

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, April 21, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/04-21-15/council-writes-congress-dont-divide-us-broadcasters-leverage-their-synergies

 

Carl Schurz on “True Americanism” (II)

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, January 30, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/01-30-15/carl-schurz-true-americanism-ii

 

Speechwriter’s File:  Carl Schurz on True Americanism (I)

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, January 27, 2015

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/01-27-15/speechwriters-file-carl-schurz-true-americanism-i

 

Discussing Public Diplomacy in Korea

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 23, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-23-14/discussing-public-diplomacy-korea

 

For Veterans Day: To Spare Our Children from Violence and Sacrifice

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 9, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-09-14/veterans-day-spare-our-children-violence-and-sacrifice

 

D-Day + 70 Years:  Eisenhower’s Message to the Troops

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, June 4, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/06-04-14/d-day-70-years-eisenhowers-message-troops

 

D-Day + 70 Years:  President Roosevelt Calls the Nation to Prayer

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, June 5, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/06-05-14/d-day-70-years-president-roosevelt-calls-nation-prayer


D-Day + 70 Years:  General Eisenhower on “Mutual Understanding and Respect”

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, June 4, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/06-04-14/d-day-70-years-general-eisenhower-mutual-understanding-and-respect

 

D-Day + 50 Years:  An Ambassador’s Speech

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, June 4, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/06-04-14/d-day-50-years-ambassadors-speech


Engaging with People through Public Diplomacy

At the 2014 Santa Fe World Affairs Forum

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, May 6, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/05-06-14/engaging-people-through-public-diplomacy

 

Sources of State Department Senior Leadership

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 4, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-04-14/sources-state-department-senior-leadership

 

Speechwriter's File: Will Rogers on "Bacon and Beans and Limousines"

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, October 18, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/10-18-14/speechwriters-file-will-rogers-bacon-and-beans-and-limousines

 

Public Diplomacy in Time of Partisanship

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, September 2, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/09-02-14/public-diplomacy-time-partisanship

 

Walter Roberts:  Architect and Builder of Public Diplomacy

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, July 13, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/07-13-14/walter-roberts-architect-and-builder-public-diplomacy

 

Now, not Later!  Capture the Lessons Learned

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, April 18, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/04-18-14/now-not-later-capture-lessons-learned

 

Operational Public Diplomacy:  Brought to You by the Number “4”

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, April 3, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/04-03-14/operational-public-diplomacy-brought-you-number-4

 

Three Public Diplomacy Ambassadors Reflect (I)

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy CouncilMarch 16, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/03-16-14/three-public-diplomacy-ambassadors-reflect-i

 

Three Public Diplomacy Ambassadors Reflect (II)

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy CouncilMarch 16, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/03-16-14/three-public-diplomacy-ambassadors-reflect-ii

Three Public Diplomacy Ambassadors Reflect (III)

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy CouncilMarch 16, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/03-16-14/three-public-diplomacy-ambassadors-reflect-iii

Interview: Ambassador Laurence Pope on the State Department, the Foreign Service, and Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, March 5, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/03-05-14/interview-ambassador-laurence-pope-state-department-foreign-service-and-public

Interview:  James Thomas Snyder on Public Diplomacy, Seen from NATO

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, March 3, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/03-03-14/interview-james-thomas-snyder-public-diplomacy-seen-nato

Senator Rubio and Public Diplomacy

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, March 2, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/03-02-14/senator-rubio-and-public-diplomacy

Interview:  Martha Bayles on Popular Culture and Public Diplomacy

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, February 23, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/02-23-14/interview-martha-bayles-popular-culture-and-public-diplomacy

Tell Me More

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, February 4, 2014

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/02-04-14/tell-me-more

Learning from the Marines: Schoolhouses, Debate, Public Affairs, Recognition

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, December 11, 2013

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/12-11-13/learning-marines-schoolhouses-debate-public-affairs-and-recognition

 

2013 Forum, Panel 2: "U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century"

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 29, 2913

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-29-13/2013-forum-panel-2-us-public-diplomacy-twenty-first-century

JFK+50: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 17th 2013

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-17-13/jfk50-years-lightning-day-drums

Gettysburg+150:  Public Diplomacy and Lincoln’s Words

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 17, 2013

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-17-13/gettysburg-150-public-diplomacy-and-lincolns-words

2013 Forum:  Honoring Public Diplomacy Alumni

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, November 14, 2013

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/11-14-13/2013-forum-honoring-public-diplomacy-alumni

U.S. Public Diplomacy:  Three Challenges

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, September 30, 2013

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/09-30-13/us-public-diplomacy-three-challenges

President Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, and Civil rights

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, August 28, 2013

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/08-28-13/president-kennedy-edward-r-murrow-and-civil-rights

"I Have a Dream" in Chinese

Commentaries of the Public Diplomacy Council, August 23, 2013

http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/08-23-13/i-have-dream-chinese



Book Reviews

Time for Straight Talk

Review of State of Disrepair:  Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department by Kori N. Schake

Foreign Service Journal, October, 2012, p. 65.

http://www.afsa.org/sites/default/files/flipping_book/1012/files/assets/seo/page65.html


The “Fun House Mirror” and “Moribund” Public Diplomacy

Review of Through a Screen Darkly by Martha Bayles
American Diplomacy, April 2014

http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2014/0105/bk/book05_bishop_fun.html

Professional Newsletter

The “I” in U.S. power – “I” for “Informational” – can be applied by Public Affairs, Public Diplomacy, the five USG international broadcasting networks, and by the armed forces’ Information Operations.  I flag and gist key articles from specialized journals related to these fields and send them to several hundred civilian and military practitioners in these fields.  Since the first issue in 2015, I’ve sent out 500+ full “quotable” gists and 3500+ shorter “seen on the web” notes.  Here’s one:

https://toinformistoinfluence.com/2017/07/18/seen-on-the-web-18-july-2017-strategic-communication-and-public-diplomacy/