Great Decisions: How Does The Media Influence Foreign Policy?

Event Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Event Time: 5:00 pm 

Dick Virden, Guest Speaker

Speaker Dick Virden is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer. He has served as both a correspondent (Vietnam), and press attaché (Warsaw, Bangkok and Sao Paulo). He also directed American public diplomacy programs in Portugal, Romania and Poland and has served as a diplomat in residence at Georgetown University and the National War College, where he taught a course on the media and national security.
How are governments using media to further their interests in the international arena? Policy statements are tweeted from the White House. “Fake News” is a label used by the right and left to influence the public’s response to news stories. Official channels of communication can be circumvented by social media where posts may or may not be factual. Cyberwarfare, hacking and misinformation pose complex security threats. What do these new forms of communication mean for US foreign policy? 

There is no charge for Great Decisions meetings but reservations are requested. Make a dinner reservation and continue the discussion informally following the program. For both program and dinner reservations, please contact the Front Desk by July 17: or 612-813-5300.

Questions? Contact Joan Higinbotham: or 651-208-4720.

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