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Human Rights Promotion as a U.S. Policy Priority

Robert Berschinski at PDAA lunch program, 12 February 2018 (A. Kotok)

(14 February 2018) Editor’s note. The following essay is drawn from remarks prepared by Robert Berschinski at the PDAA lunch program on Monday, 12 February 2018. Berschinski is Senior Vice President of Human Rights First, where he oversees the organization’s work advancing a U.S. foreign policy rooted in a strong commitment to human rights, universal values, and American ideals. More details about his […]

The Search for Order in a World of Disorder

Frank Vogl at PDAA lunch program, 12 February 2018. (A. Kotok)

(14 February 2018) Editor’s note. The following essay is drawn from remarks prepared by Frank Vogl at the PDAA lunch program on Monday, 12 February 2018. Vogl is co-founder of of two leading international non-governmental organizations fighting corruption, Transparency International and The Partnership for Transparency Fund. More details about his background and the program itself are found on the program’s web page.

February 12 PDAA Program Explores Democracy and Human Rights as Policy Priorities

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(Updated 14 February 2018) Throughout U.S. history, and particularly during the past century, democracy and human rights have waxed and waned in their importance to U.S. foreign policy: the Marshall Plan after World War II sought to promote economic recovery in a devastated Europe, but also good governance and democratic states. Likewise, post-World War II recovery efforts in Japan helped transform Japan into a strong, democratic ally of the U.S. The […]

Marshall Plan Anniversary Examined at December Monday Forum

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(22 November 2017). The Marshall Plan, credited with the post-World War II recovery of Europe, celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, which will be the focus of the next First Monday Forum, set for Monday, December 4, 2017 beginning at 12:00 noon, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Leading the program is Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Ms. Donfried became the fund’s […]

Rising Populism in Europe and the US Explored at November PDAA Lunch Program

PDAA panel on populism, L-R: David Smith, Claude Porsella, and Peter DeTheir (A. Kotok)

The growing strength of populist movements across the globe alarms many observers in the media. Their election victories in Europe and the US shocked mainstream parties and their allies. PDAA’s November 13 PDAA luncheon program heard from outstanding European correspondents about the political landscape in their respective countries and their view of Washington’s current political standoff. The conversation was moderated […]

Public Diplomacy Amidst Fake News Explored at Sept. 25 PDAA Lunch

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(Updated 23 September 2017) Reservations are now closed.

Fake News and Disinformation: we cannot watch the news, surf the Internet, or even carry on a social conversation without hearing the words. Whether from U.S. political leaders and spokespersons, foreign governments, media figures, violent extremists, “tweeters” “bloggers,” or bots, we face an almost-constant onslaught of fake news, “alternative facts,” or disinformation. Sifting fact from fiction has become increasingly challenging for citizens needing […]