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Advisory Commission Questions Closing of American Centers

(Artaxerxes, Wikimedia Commons)

17 May 2015. In a new white paper, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy expressed concerns about the scheduled closing of 21 American centers over the next 10 years due to security requirements. The commission, a bipartisan panel created by Congress and appointed by the President, published the document on 5 May, which is available on its State Department Web page.

The report notes that as many as 21 of […]

Singapore’s Soft Power Examined at Next First Monday

Amb. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri (Embassy of Singapore)

17 May 2015. Singapore’s soft power programs will be the focus of the next First Monday Forum, on 1 June 2015 at 12 noon, and held at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The speaker at the event is Ambassador to the U.S. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, who is expected to discuss Singapore’s transition to a first world nation, and how its diplomacy reflected this transition. Amb. Mirpuri began […]

ECA Seeks Disability Milestones, Stories

(National Library of Medicine, NIH)

13 May 2015. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs is compiling a timeline of events and individuals that represent ECA’s commitment to people with disabilities and seeks to learn about the Bureau’s activities over the years, as part of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 2015.

People in State Department and USIA working in or with ECA during that time, and […]

2015 Awards Recognize Public Diplomacy in China, Poland, Afghanistan, West Africa

Molly Westrake photographs a Congressional visit to a safe Ebola burial site in Liberia. (Courtesy, Molly Westrake)

10 May 2015. The 2015 winners of the 18th annual PDAA awards for innovative and effective PD strategies clearly demonstrated creativity, courage and tenacity in addressing critical issues ranging from Ebola in Africa and women’s rights issues in Afghanistan to electronic messaging in China and trade agreements in Europe.

PDAA, which is a volunteer, nonprofit organization of […]