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Back Issues of PDAA Today

Back issues of PDAA Today, PDAA’s quarterly print newsletter are now online and available for download.

PDAA Program Years Gets Off to a Start with Focus on DOD-State Cooperation in PD

LTC Greg Tomlin (at podium) and LTC Scott Howell (left) and retired FSO Don Bishop spoke at the September 24 luncheon discussion at DACOR Bacon House on DOD and State Department collaboration in strategic communication. (Alan Kotok)

PDAA’s program year got started on September 24 with a program that focused on DOD and State Department collaboration in the information domain. Retired FSO Don Bishop started the session, followed by LTC Scott Howell and LTC […]

“Broadcasting the Voice of America in the Era of Disinformation” focus of October 1 event

Dr. Haroon K. Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer, U.S. Agency for Global Media (previously the Broadcasting Board of Governors), will be the featured speaker at the October 1 First Monday luncheon sponsored by PDAA, the Public Diplomacy Council, and the USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

At USAGM, Dr. Ullah oversees the Office of Policy and Research, where he strives to elevate the new agency’s policy engagement in the interagency, strategic planning, and strategic […]

The U.S. and Worlds Fairs: Expos as Global Soft Power

The Unisphere in New York’s Flushing Meadows was built for the 1964 World’s Fair. It symbolized “Man’s achievements on a shrinking globe in an expanding universe.” (© AP Images, courtesy of SHAREAMERICA)

Jim Cole, director of the State Department’s newly created International Expositions Unit, will discuss preparations for the next major world’s fair, Dubai 2020, as part of a U.S. initiative to employ global expos as a public diplomacy tool. The discussion will take […]

August 6 Peace Corps Program Canceled

PCV Group 88 with Peace Corps Samoa staff. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

A discussion with Dr. Josephine (Jody) Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps, will be featured at the August First Monday luncheon. All PDAA members are invited.

Olsen was sworn in as the 20th Director of the Peace Corps on March 30. She previously served the agency in a variety of capacities, including as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia 1966-1968.

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US Diplomatic Leadership and Cultural Heritage Protection

Monumental Arch of Palmyra (By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12163785)

PDAA is collaborating with DACOR on a program on U.S. Diplomatic Leadership and Cultural Heritage Protection. PDAA member Larry Schwartz will discuss the topic at a luncheon on Friday, July 13, from noon to 2:00 p.m.

For generations, the practice of cultural heritage destruction – from souvenir hunting to systematic exploitation and destruction for scholarly or religious purposes – has […]

Nelson Mandela Centennial Focus of July 23 Forum

The centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth will be the focus of a luncheon discussion on July 23. The program is jointly sponsored by PDAA, the Public Diplomacy Council, and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

Mandela’s legacy as the first black president of South Africa and his peaceful rise to power has assured him a place in history. That legacy will be celebrated over the coming months in a variety of programs, […]