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Winners of 20th Annual PDAA Awards Hailed for Creativity and Innovation

Dolores Prin, second from right, at a school in Okinawa (U.S. Consulate General Naha)

(11 May 2017) The 2017 winners of the 20th annual PDAA awards for excellence in public diplomacy demonstrated exceptional innovation, ability to connect with foreign audiences, and affect real change in challenging environments.

PDAA, a volunteer, nonprofit organization of current and former State Department, broadcast, academic and private sector public diplomacy professionals, honored the five awardees at their annual award […]

Virginia Foreign Affairs Group to Hear Alberto Fernandez

(Courtesy, Amb. Alberto Fernandez)

(7 February 2017). Foreign Affairs Retirees of Northern Virginia, or Farnova, will hear a talk by Ambassador Alberto Fernandez at its meeting on 22 March. The event takes place at the Fort Myer Officers Club in Arlington, Virginia.

Amb. Fernandez, now a vice-president at MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, authored an article in late January on the MEMRI web site titled, “Making The U.S. State Department Great Again: […]

Iraqi Attitudes, News Sources Explored at First Monday Forum

Iraqi women using a mobile phone to take their photo. (BBG.gov)

Update, 23 July 2016. A report and link to a video of the meeting are available on the Public Diplomacy Council Web site.

(27 June 2016). Two experts on public attitudes and media behavior in Iraq will examine changes in public opinion in that country, as well as ways people in Iraq get their news at the next First Monday Forum, 11 July […]

2016 PDAA Award Winners Demonstrate Creativity in Challenging Environments

Milica Raskovic, right, and Marko Bumbic are among the winners of the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, from PDAA (Courtesy American Corner, Novi Sad, Serbia)

(16 May 2016) Promoting the growth of media and ensuring the safety of journalism is challenging throughout the Middle and Near East, and nowhere more so than in Afghanistan. Yet Tanya Brothen, U.S. Embassy Kabul Assistant Information Officer, showed “extraordinary creativity, diplomacy, and tenacity, in bringing the […]

Ensor Discusses Winning Information War at Next Forum

David Ensor (BBG.gov)

28 December 2015. In the next First Monday Forum, former Voice of America director David Ensor discusses his recent article in Foreign Policy, “How Washington Can Win the Information War” (registration required). In the article Ensor offers a strategy for making better use of our technological tools to defeat Islamic State and Russian propaganda efforts.

Until recently, Ensor served as VOA director, joining the network in June 2011, after serving as […]

First Monday Panel: Intl Broadcasts Explaining Policy to Mideast

(Voice of America)

21 February 2015. The next First Monday Forum will discuss the ways U.S. international broadcasting explain American policy for a Mideast audience. The event takes place on Monday, 2 March at 12 noon, and held at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Panel members include:

– Rana Abtar, Alhurra Congressional Correspondent – Zaid Benjamin, Washington Correspondent for Radio Sawa – Samir Nader, Radio Sawa State Department Correspondent

The First Monday forums are […]