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April 10 PDAA Program Examines Diplomatic Engagement with Religious Groups

Douglas Johnston at PDAA lunch program, 10 April 2017 (A. Kotok)

(Update: 12 April 2017) Over 80 percent of the world’s people identify with a religious group, and religious groups and leaders are playing increasingly important roles in both their own societies and in international relations. Yet, the U.S. Government and American diplomats have long been wary of engagement with religious groups for fear of violating the separation of Church and State.

Following the […]

PDAA Members to Tour, Discuss Afghan Art Exhibit

(Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)

(Updated 17 January 2017) The program is now completed.

PDAA is taking reservations for a program at the Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. on January 17 at 2:15 pm. The exhibit, which closes January 29, 2017 features Afghan woodworking, carpets, jewelry, and calligraphy, complemented by videos and photographs. Exhibition director Thomas Wide has agreed to discuss with PDAA members how […]

What the Next U.S. President Needs to Know, Examined at November 14 PDAA Lunch

Tara Sonenshine at PDAA lunch program, 14 November 2016 (A. Kotok)

(Updated 14 November 2016) On November 14, PDAA welcomed two outstanding foreign policy leaders with great affinity for public diplomacy – Tara Sonenshine and Kristin Lord – to discuss the new President’s global challenges. Well known for their public service and engagement with the State Department, both have distinguished themselves in other areas of government, the private sector, the media and academia. Tara […]

PD Inspections Examined at September 26 PDAA Lunch Program

Kenton Keith, left, and Jeff Brown answer questions from PDAA lunch participants, 26 September 2016. (A. Kotok)

(Updated 27 September 2016) PDAA launched its 2016-2017 program year hearing from two highly regarded public diplomacy experts discussing the current state of public diplomacy work around the world.

Ambassador Kenton Keith and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jeff Brown offered insights on public diplomacy challenges and successes, gleaned from their experiences inspecting embassy PD operations […]

Visit to French Ambassador’s Residence

Nathalie Broadhurst, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of France, speaks to PDAA reception on 8 June. PDAA president Amb. Greta Morris is in the foreground. (Photo: Mike Anderson)

(Updated 12 June 2016) The Embassy of France and PDAA, an association of public diplomacy professionals held a reception and discussion on 8 June at the residence of the Ambassador of France to the U.S. Nathalie Broadhurst, the Deputy Chief of Mission for the […]

Santa Fe Forum Explores Human Migration Crisis

(Santa Fe World Affairs Forum)

(2 April 2016) A day does not pass without reports of unprecedented flows of people who have abandoned their homes in hope of better lives in other countries. The most visible movements today are of people from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan struggling to Turkey and Greece in order to reach European nations where jobs are more plentiful and economies stronger. Elsewhere, Africans, Latin Americans, Southeast Asians and islanders […]