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Monday Forum Explores U.S.-Asia Connections

American students learning origami, or paper folding, in a Japanese cultural festival at Boston University in November 2015 (Boston University, educationusa.state.gov)

(24 September 2016) The next First Monday Forum features a discussion with Michael Gilligan, president of the Henry Luce Foundation on connecting the U.S. and Asia. The event takes place on Monday, 3 October 2016 at 12:00 noon, but at a different location than usual: Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington […]

Favorable Views of U.S. Continue in Canada, Europe, Asia

(4 July 2016). Opinions of the U.S. continue to be largely positive among publics in Europe and Asia, as well as Canada, according to surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center in April and May 2016. Results of the surveys from 15 countries, reported last week, also show more residents consider the U.S. the world’s leading economic power in the world, eclipsing China in most nations polled.

The Pew surveys report majorities of publics in […]

China Cultural Diplomacy Focus of PDAA, Confucius Institute Program

Updated 19 December 2015, new photos. The Confucius Institute and China’s Cultural Diplomacy was the topic of a luncheon program on Thursday, October 22, 2015, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, at the Textile Museum on the George Washington University campus. The event was sponsored by PDAA, an Association of Public Diplomacy Professionals and The Confucius Institute of the George Washington University.

The program featured remarks by Frances Taoran Sun, Managing Director, Confucius Institute of GWU, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Asia Policy Expert Discusses China at Nov. 24 PDAA Lunch

Kurt Campbell speaking at PDAA lunch program, 24 November 2014. (Photo: Mike Anderson)

Updated 27 November 2014. Dr. Kurt Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, spoke at PDAA’s November 24, 2014 luncheon in Washington, D.C. Known for his policy work on the “pivot,” or “rebalance,” to Asia, Campbell discussed the topic of Rising China and Its Challenges for the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific Region.

Campbell’s addressed a subject […]