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World Opinion on U.S. Leadership Improves in 2013, but Still Down from 2009

(USCIS.gov)

26 May 2014. Surveys in 130 countries through 2013 show world opinion about U.S. leadership rebounded last year from 2012, but levels were generally lower than the start of the Obama administration in 2009. The findings were contained in the fifth annual U.S. Global Leadership Report, compiled and published by Gallup and Meridian International Center. Excerpts from the report, released in April 2014, follow.

Median approval of U.S. leadership across these 130 countries […]

Meridian International in New York Seeking Candidates for Seasonal Positions

(Meridian International Center)

26 May 2014. Meridian International Center is a non-profit organization that promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. The organization works with the State Department’s Office of International Visitors to support the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and employs seasonal staff members who supplement the full-time staff at the State Department’s New York Program Branch in New York City.

Meridian International is recruiting a Seasonal Program […]

Responding to Russian Propaganda Featured at First Monday Discussion

26 May 2014. The next Public Diplomacy Council/USC First Monday Lunch Forum takes place on Monday 2 June at 12:00 pm, where two experts on media in Eastern Europe will tell about efforts by international broadcasters to penetrate Russian media depictions of events in that part of the world. The speakers are Nenad Pejic, Interim Manager, RFE/RL and Myroslava Gongadze, TV anchor and reporter at Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service.

PDC-USC lunch forums take place […]

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 […]