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Pew Surveys: Global U.S. Favorability Remains Solid

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27 June 2015. Surveys in 40 countries show publics worldwide continue to hold a favorable opinion of the United States as well as confidence in President Obama. The polls were conducted by the Pew Research Center, largely in the Spring of 2015, that include items on political, economic, military, and human rights issues about the U.S. and other countries.

The overall image of the U.S. remains positive, with a median of […]

First Monday Examines Country Music in Public Diplomacy

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27 June 2015. The next First Monday forum explores country music’s role in U.S. public diplomacy. The program takes place on Monday, 6 July, at American Foreign Service Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The speaker is David Firestein, Perot Fellow and Vice President of the East West Institute, who will discuss “Boots and Beer, Hearts and Minds: Country Music as U.S. Public Diplomacy.” Firestein oversees East West Institute’s East Asia […]

Seeking Audio File of “Talking USIA”

Joe Glazer (Smithsonian Folkways)

24 June 2015. Retired FSO Dan Scherr wants to get his hands on an audio file of the late Joe Glazer’s humorous composition “Talking USIA,” a talking-blues style account of a junior officer who ends up assigned to Ouagadougou. The file should be in a format, such as MP3, that he can attach to an e-mail and send to a friend.

If you’re not familiar with “Talking USIA,” the lyrics […]

Report: Public Diplomacy Needs Better Recruitment, Staffing, Training

Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson delivers remarks on re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. Washington, D.C. Foreign Press Center. 22 May 2015 (Department of State)

20 June 2015. A report issued this week by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and Meridian International Center recommends strengthening the human resource support for public diplomacy professionals at State Department to better meet a more challenging foreign policy environment. The report, Getting the People Part Right II: The […]

Global Ties 2016 Conference Proposals Due 12 June

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6 June 2015. Proposals for sessions at the next Global Ties U.S. conference scheduled for 27-30 January 2016 are due by Friday, 12 June 2015. Global Ties U.S. is a programming partner of State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The annual conference is a forum for developing skills, identifying key trends, and sharing best practices in international exchange and nonprofit management.

The organization’s call for proposals is seeking ideas for sessions on […]