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Former Amb. Ford to Give Walter Roberts Lecture

Amb. Robert Ford (U.S. Department of State)

8 November 2014. Amb. Robert S. Ford will discuss current crises in the Middle East, the Obama administration’s strategy in the region, and role of social media and digital diplomacy in this year’s Walter Roberts lecture at George Washington University. Ford’s remarks take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, 12 November, at the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, in Washington, D.C.

While part […]

Countering ISIS Messages Topic of October Monday Forum

(carlisle.army.mil)

29 September 2014. Journalists will discuss ways of combating messaging by ISIS at the next USC Annenberg Center “first Monday” forum, hosted by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council. Featured speakers are Shameem Rassam, Executive Producer, Alhurra Iraq and Davin Hutchins, Director of Digital Content, Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

The event takes place on Monday, 6 October at the American Foreign Service Association, 2101 E Street NW in […]

New Book Tells Story of Silver Jewelry in Yemen

(American University in Cairo Press)

19 July 2014. Marjorie Ransom, who served as Public Affairs Officer in Sana’a, Yemen and at other posts in the Middle East, describes her love for silver jewelry from Yemen in a new book, Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Styles of Yemeni Jewelry, published this month by American University in Cairo Press.

In the book, Ransom tells how silver crafts developed in the Yemeni Jewish community, […]

Foreign Service Journal Features Public Diplomacy Award Winners

Naimeh Hadidi (on right) visiting in the Aljouf region with a member of the King Abdulaziz Society for Women whose goal is to strengthen the position of women in Saudi society. (Courtesy, Naimeh Hadidi)

The July-August 2014 Foreign Service Journal reports on this years winners of PDAA Award for Achievement in Public Diplomacy, on pages 11 and 12. The 2014 awards went to:

– Attia Nasar, International Information Program, Department of State – Ajani […]

World Opinion on U.S. Leadership Improves in 2013, but Still Down from 2009

(USCIS.gov)

26 May 2014. Surveys in 130 countries through 2013 show world opinion about U.S. leadership rebounded last year from 2012, but levels were generally lower than the start of the Obama administration in 2009. The findings were contained in the fifth annual U.S. Global Leadership Report, compiled and published by Gallup and Meridian International Center. Excerpts from the report, released in April 2014, follow.

Median approval of U.S. leadership across these 130 countries […]

PDAA Honors Professionals Who Are Making a Difference

Emerging Artists Workshop organized by The Phillips Collection and the U.S. Department of State at the Alhamra Arts Center in Lahore, Pakistan. (Courtesy, Attia Nasar)

In Pakistan, art is being used to give voice to young Pakistanis, displaced persons and refugees – many in remote and marginalized regions – on difficult national issues. In Equatorial Guinea, where political opponents are routinely arrested and held without charge, discussion groups and roundtables are being initiated to […]