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PDAA Honors Professionals Who Are Making a Difference

Emerging Artists Workshop organized by The Phillips Collection and the U.S. Department of State at the Alhamra Arts Center in Lahore, Pakistan. (Courtesy, Attia Nasar)

In Pakistan, art is being used to give voice to young Pakistanis, displaced persons and refugees – many in remote and marginalized regions – on difficult national issues. In Equatorial Guinea, where political opponents are routinely arrested and held without charge, discussion groups and roundtables are being initiated to […]

Message to All PD Officers: “You Are Not Alone!”

(Ilya Schurov/Flickr)

Jonathan Henick is a Senior Foreign Service Officer currently serving as Public Diplomacy Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications (IPDGC) at George Washington University. Henick is also a 2008 recipient of PDAA’s Public Diplomacy Achievement Awards.

The Roman philosopher Seneca once said, “By teaching, we learn.” Despite having already worked for over 20 years as a Foreign Service Officer and public diplomacy practitioner, my […]

Awardee News: Sharon Hudson-Dean Writing for USC Blog

2012 achievement award winner and U.S. Embassy Harare Public Affairs Counselor Sharon Hudson-Dean in 2011 speaking to 400 high school girls about Women’s History Month

Sharon Hudson-Dean, a 2012 Public Diplomacy Achievement Award winner, is now a regular contributor to the Center for Public Diplomacy (CPD) blog, published by University of Southern California. Her most recent story, posted on 14 February, describes the value of expert language skills in public diplomacy, written while learning […]

Awardee News: Tom Cooney Recognized for Policy Advisor Contributions

Tom Cooney was recently selected as the State Department Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) of the Year for 2013 for his work as the top foreign policy advisor to the Commander of U.S. Army, Pacific. POLADs are foreign service officers detailed to U.S. military commanders around the world as their primary source of foreign policy advice.

Cooney was selected by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs for this award in recognition of his advice and counsel provided […]

Awardee News: 2010 PDAA Award Winner This Year’s Murrow Recipient

2010 achievement award winner Aaron David Snipe, right, with PDAA awards chair Rob Nevitt. (A. Kotok)

Updated, 6 November 2013.

State Department announced the selection of Aaron Snipe, Public Affairs Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, as the recipient of this year’s Edward R. Murrow Award for his extraordinary efforts to advance U.S. government policies and objectives across the Middle East and North Africa. The announcement was made in a 30 October […]

PDAA 2013 Awards Recognize Outstanding Public Diplomacy Accomplishments

Peshawar PAO Shayna Cram composed and recorded this music video in Pashto about hope for women and girls. (Courtesy, U.S. Consulate General Peshawar.)

Public Diplomacy Alumni Association highlights achievements by professionals for their work in Algeria, Pakistan, and Korea

Even under the best conditions, public diplomacy can be a challenging undertaking calling for a combination of talent, imagination, determination, and leadership. The Public Diplomacy Alumni Association continues its annual recognition of outstanding achievement by […]