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Marshall Plan Anniversary Examined at December Monday Forum

(Thomas Wolf, Wikimedia Commons)

(22 November 2017). The Marshall Plan, credited with the post-World War II recovery of Europe, celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, which will be the focus of the next First Monday Forum, set for Monday, December 4, 2017 beginning at 12:00 noon, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Leading the program is Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Ms. Donfried became the fund’s […]

Rising Populism in Europe and the US Explored at November PDAA Lunch Program

PDAA panel on populism, L-R: David Smith, Claude Porsella, and Peter DeTheir (A. Kotok)

The growing strength of populist movements across the globe alarms many observers in the media. Their election victories in Europe and the US shocked mainstream parties and their allies. PDAA’s November 13 PDAA luncheon program heard from outstanding European correspondents about the political landscape in their respective countries and their view of Washington’s current political standoff. The conversation was moderated […]

Finland’s Centennial and Public Diplomacy Examined at Monday Forum

Amb. Kirsti Kauppi (Embassy of Finland)

(23 September 2017) The ambassador to the U.S. from Finland will describe the key role played by public diplomacy in that country’s centennial celebration at the next First Monday Forum, set for Monday, 2 October 2017 beginning at 12:00 noon, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Amb. Kirsti Kauppi is the featured speaker at this month’s program, where she will discuss events and activities designed to […]

Pete Cecere Documentary in Distribution

Pete Cecere with his collection (4th Coast Productions)

(28 May 2017) A documentary film about Pete Cecere — former FSO in USIA, a leading folk art collector, and PDAA member — is completed and being distributed for theater and home viewing. The film, House of Stronzo, follows Pete’s quest to find homes for his more than 5,000 pieces of original art stored in his home in rural Virginia.

The company, 4th Coast Productions in […]

Monday Forum to Hear About “Fire Hose of Russian Falsehood”

(nrcs.usda.gov)

(13 May 2017) The next First Monday Forum program will hear about disinformation from Russia, dating back to the Soviet Union. The event takes place on Monday, 5 June, beginning at 12:00 noon, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Scott Rauland, a senior advisor at State Department serving with the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe will lead the discussion. Rauland began his work with CSCE, also known as the […]

New Cold War Examined in Walter Roberts Lecture

Amb. Michael McFaul (Stanford University)

(25 February 2017). Ambassador Michael McFaul is the featured speaker in this year’s Walter Roberts Lecture, where the former U.S. envoy to Moscow will discuss, “Explaining Our New Cold War with Russia: Can Trump End It?” The event takes place on Friday, 3 March at 10:00 am, on the George Washington University campus.

U.S.-Russia relations have reached one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War. […]