Information Operations, Public Diplomacy & Spin: The United States & the Politics of Perception Management

ABSTRACT

The evolution of Information Operations doctrine in the United States is placing more weight upon Perception Management, particularly at the strategic level. This paper argues that if such Perception Management efforts are to be effective they will need to work in conjunction with the State Department and its associated agencies and with the President's communication staff. Such collaboration will require overcoming institutional boundaries and different concepts of what Perception Management involves. This paper examines the place of perception management within military IO doctrine before looking at current debates over the place of public diplomacy in contemporary foreign policy and looking at the role of the White House communications organisation in international perception management.


AUTHORS

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds

Robin Brown is a Senior Lecturer in International Communications in the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. In 2001-2002 he was Chair of the International Communications Section of the International Studies Association. His current research interests focus on the impact of new information and communications technologies on international politics.

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Keywords

C

C2
C2S
CDX
CIA
CIP
CPS

I

IA
ICS

S

SOA

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