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Public Diplomacy Morphs Into PR Following Merger

(State.gov)

Fred Coffey

Jane and I moved back to Denton, Texas in May leaving our many friends and a very important unfinished project. Several former USIA colleagues and I tried for nearly a decade to persuade the State Department to restructure the information (public diplomacy) operations to better serve our foreign affairs. Neither the current structure nor the application of public diplomacy are acceptable.

Most foreign service practitioners from USIA who developed their understanding […]

Worldwide Disapproval for U.S. Eavesdropping and Drones, but Approval Stays High

Predator unmanned vehicle (USA.gov)

19 July 2014. Surveys in 44 countries conducted by the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project show widespread opposition to U.S. eavesdropping and use of drone attacks, as well as a decline in the opinion that the U.S. government respects the freedoms of its citizens. Nonetheless, overall opinions of the U.S. remain largely favorable in the countries surveyed.

Majorities in nearly all countries polled oppose monitoring by the U.S. government of […]

New Book Tells Story of Silver Jewelry in Yemen

(American University in Cairo Press)

19 July 2014. Marjorie Ransom, who served as Public Affairs Officer in Sana’a, Yemen and at other posts in the Middle East, describes her love for silver jewelry from Yemen in a new book, Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Styles of Yemeni Jewelry, published this month by American University in Cairo Press.

In the book, Ransom tells how silver crafts developed in the Yemeni Jewish community, […]

Foreign Service Journal Features Public Diplomacy Award Winners

Naimeh Hadidi (on right) visiting in the Aljouf region with a member of the King Abdulaziz Society for Women whose goal is to strengthen the position of women in Saudi society. (Courtesy, Naimeh Hadidi)

The July-August 2014 Foreign Service Journal reports on this years winners of PDAA Award for Achievement in Public Diplomacy, on pages 11 and 12. The 2014 awards went to:

– Attia Nasar, International Information Program, Department of State – Ajani […]