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New Novel Formed from Public Diplomat’s Life Experiences

(Author House)

31 January 2015. Retired foreign service officer Bruce Byers reached into his past to create a new novel, The Extraordinary Journey of Harry Forth, published by AuthorHouse in November 2014. The book tells of a fictional American teenager whose life is changed by a student exchange experience in Germany in the summer of 1960 that draws from Byers’ own life and career in public diplomacy.

The book follows Harry Forth as he […]

Andrew Lack New Chief Exec at BBG

Andrew Lack (BBG.gov)

24 January 2015. Veteran media executive Andrew Lack was sworn-in this week as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the federal agency that oversees the five networks and broadcasting operations of U.S. international media. Those networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Martí, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

Lack is the first-ever CEO of U.S. international […]

Public Diplomacy and Public Health: Our Experience in Mali

Photo from Mali innoculation campaign poster (Courtesy, Robert Baker)

Robert Baker

Editor’s note: With PDAA’s February 2015 lunch program discussing health crisis communications, Bob Baker tells how U.S. public diplomacy helped promote an inoculation campaign in Mali, where he served as Public Affairs Officer in the 1960s.

20 January 2015. Our biggest foreign aid achievement in Mali was to inoculate the whole population against smallpox and measles. Those endemic diseases often killed or blinded. […]

VOA Director to Review International Media Challenges

David Ensor (BBG.gov)

18 January 2015. David Ensor, director of Voice of America, will discuss the challenges facing U.S.-funded international media in the time of growing competition and unique crises. The discussion, hosted by George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and co-sponsored by GWU’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, is held at 6:15 pm on Tuesday, 27 January on the GWU campus.

Ensor will discuss the challenges U.S. government-funded […]

February 9 Panel: Effective Communication Strategies in Global Health Crises

Kathryn Jacobsen

Whether it is Ebola or HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, or dengue fever, health public diplomacy plays a critical role in an effective response to managing, and hopefully, eradicating diseases that can no longer be contained within geographic borders.

PDAA presented a panel of experts on Monday, February 9 from government, academia, media, and the non-governmental community to discuss why it is just as critical to get out good health information in a way that […]