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New VOA Director Visits May 2016 First Monday Forum

Amanda Bennett, left, is sworn in as Voice of America director by John Lansing, CEO of BBG. Acting director Kelu Chao holds the bible. (BBG.gov)

(24 April 2016) Amanda Bennett, Voice of America’s new director, will visit the next First Monday Forum, on Monday 2 May at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C. Bennett was sworn in as VOA’s director on 18 April 2016.

Bennett is a veteran reporter and editor, with two […]

Visit to French Ambassador’s Residence

Nathalie Broadhurst, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of France, speaks to PDAA reception on 8 June. PDAA president Amb. Greta Morris is in the foreground. (Photo: Mike Anderson)

(Updated 12 June 2016) The Embassy of France and PDAA, an association of public diplomacy professionals held a reception and discussion on 8 June at the residence of the Ambassador of France to the U.S. Nathalie Broadhurst, the Deputy Chief of Mission for the […]

The Space Education of a Foreign Service Officer

International Space Station (NASA.gov)

(2 April 2016) Editor’s note: Retired FSO and PDAA member Bill Parker tells how he became a space — as in extra-terrestrial space — enthusiast. Bill has been Special Advisor to the Space Foundation since 2007, a gig as he explains, “continuously excites and surprises me with its very robust global engagement.” This essay first appeared on the Space Foundation Web site, and is reprinted with permission.

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Santa Fe Forum Explores Human Migration Crisis

(Santa Fe World Affairs Forum)

(2 April 2016) A day does not pass without reports of unprecedented flows of people who have abandoned their homes in hope of better lives in other countries. The most visible movements today are of people from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan struggling to Turkey and Greece in order to reach European nations where jobs are more plentiful and economies stronger. Elsewhere, Africans, Latin Americans, Southeast Asians and islanders […]