SEMINAR Strategic issues in the Americas | New propaganda networks in the age of great power competition

Jeudi 20 mai 2021


SEMINAR Strategic issues in the Americas | Online

Organised by IRSEM and Institut des Amériques

New propaganda networks in the age of great power competition

May 20th, 2021 - Event in engish


Institutionalizing Reputational Security: Reshaping the machinery US public diplomacy and International Broadcasting for the post-COVID era.

The talk will cover:

  1. Our Moment of Crisis -- looking in general terms at the endangerment of reputation in an era of renewed great power competition.
  2. The Post-Covid Era -- what can we expect of a hybrid digital/physical space.  
  3. Building Back Listening -- considering an emphasis on better research.  
  4. Building Back Advocacy -- suggesting that cooperative strategies should me more emphasized and the renewed infrastructure to support this, including fact-checking sites. 
  5. Building Back Culture and exchange -- looking at the special problems experienced by cultural agencies and educational approaches during the pandemic. 
  6. Building Back Broadcasting -- looking at the crisis at Voice of America and needs to develop that area including withdrawal from pro-administration editorial work. 
  7. Building Back Engagement -- the essential need for diplomatic strategies that complement the digital engagement. 
  8. Building back Reality considering the ultimate solution to hostile media to be a concerted effort to eliminate the sources of genuine negatives. 

The conclusion is that it is a uniquely significant moment to act, with the ultimate need for an organizing vision that others will respond to as in 1919 or 1945.  It is a time to act.

Speaker :

Nick Cull  (USC California)

Nicholas J. Cull is originally from the U.K. His BA (International History and Politics) and PhD (History) were both from the University of Leeds. He also studied at Princeton as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York. He taught at Birmingham University and at University of Leicester where, as one of the U.K.’s youngest full professors, he launched the Center on American Studies in 1997.

Moving to USC in 2005, he was the founding director of the master's program in public diplomacy and part of the team recognized by the Department of State with the Benjamin Franklin award. From 2004 to 2019, Cull served as president of the International Association for Media and History. He has provided advice and training in public diplomacy to a number of foreign ministries and cultural agencies around the world including those of the U.S., U.K., Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and the Netherlands. His many books include Public Diplomacy: Foundations for Global Engagement in the Digital Age (Polity, 2019).


- Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer (Director of IRSEM)
- Maxime Audinet (Strategies of influence and information struggle researcher , IRSEM)


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- Maud QUESSARD - (

- Camille BOUTRON - (

- Philippine RAPHANAUD -  ( 

- Dorian LEGER – Communication – (



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