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Brookings Institution Event: Academic and Cultural Exchange Programs

On 17 October 2013, the Brookings Institution will celebrate its 50th year as a designated sponsor of the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program. Brookings is just one of several organizations that bring individuals and their families to the U.S. for academic and cultural exchange.

Brookings is welcoming back some of its exchange visitor alumni to share their experiences as exchange program participants and how they continue to affect the global policy-making community. Nicholas Arrindell, […]

Cuba — Ripe for a Public Diplomacy Initiative

Photography class, University of the Arts, Havana (A. Kotok)

February 2, 2013

Alan Kotok, PDAA’s newsletter and Web site editor, returned on 29 January 2013 from an eight-day University of Iowa alumni seminar in Cuba, and highlights public diplomacy opportunities for the U.S. to exploit, before others beat us to it.

We returned this week from an eight-day study tour of Cuba, mainly in Havana and the southern coastal city of Cienfuegos. The experience […]

Smart Power and Citizen Diplomacy Examined at November 30, 2011 Event

Sherry Mueller (National Council for International Visitors)

Sherry Mueller, who until recently led the National Council of International Visitors (NCIV), will discuss the role of citizen diplomacy in public diplomacy — an important role in her view — and how that role might be expanded in the future. Mueller shared her observations at the November 30, 2011 luncheon program of the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association in Washington, D.C.

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Smart Power and Citizen Diplomacy

Sherry Mueller (National Council for International Visitors)

Sherry L. Mueller

Remarks as prepared for the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association November 30, 2011 DACOR-Bacon House, Washington, D.C.

Thank you, Joe, for that gracious introduction. I’m grateful to you, Mike Schneider, and the PDAA board for this welcome opportunity to offer some reflections and begin what I hope will be a spirited discussion.

I joined the USIA Alumni Association in the 1980s because your programs have […]

Educational and Cultural Affairs: New Directions

Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock speaking to the April 5, 2011 PDAA luncheon meeting in Washington, D.C. (A. Kotok)

Ann Stock

Remarks presented to the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association Tuesday, April 5, 2011 DACOR-Bacon House, Washington, D.C.

Thank you very much, Kathy. I’m delighted to be here with you today.

You may be the most savvy and informed public diplomacy audience that I have spoken to. I could hand this microphone to any […]