Hillary: Power Messaging and the Messaging of Power

A fundamental rule of good communications strategy is to define yourself before others do it for you, and control the conversation as best you can. While still undeclared, Hillary Rodham Clinton has already begun the process of claiming and reclaiming her public narrative and managing the public conversation about herself. Her messages in her book […]

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Hillary’s Hard Choices

The best way for a political leader and aspirant to set out one’s case is to write a book. The contents become the key messages, and as one sells the book, one sells the messages. Hillary Clinton’s book “Hard Choices” is a good read. It sets out her work as Secretary of State well, in […]

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The Bergdahl Mis-Communications Strategy

Once again the Obama communications team seems to have been caught short on a national security issue. This time, the Administration seems to have gone astray in profusely welcoming the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders earlier this month – with a Presidential event in the Rose Garden, and National Advisor Susan […]

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A King Abdicates, A Monarchy Continues

The abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain brings to an end a period of democratic transition and consolidation there, and begins a period when the monarchy will have to win its spurs all over again. The continuation of the monarchy in the 21st century is not a given, and it will take hard work […]

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