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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. […]

RFE/RL Future Explored at February Forum

Thomas Kent (BBG.gov)

(28 January 2017) Thomas Kent, president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, will lead a discussion of the future of these broadcasting services at the February First Monday Forum. Mr. Kent is expected to examine media freedom issues facing RFE and RL, including the safety of journalists, to provide news for its audiences. The event takes place on Monday, 6 February 2017 at American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) in Washington, D.C.

Thomas […]

Russian Info War and Digital Media to be Explored

(DACOR-Bacon House)

(18 October 2016). A lunch-time discussion on Wednesday, 26 October at DACOR-Bacon House in Washington, D.C. examines Russia’s use of digital media in Western societies. The discussion will be led by Miika Tomi, a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University.

The program is titled, “Does the truth matter in the age of digital media?” In the new era of citizen journalism, the masses have been empowered to produce and receive information. As a […]