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2017 Public Diplomacy Awards Event Set for May 7

(State.gov)

(11 February 2017) Awarding of the Public Diplomacy Achievement Awards for 2017 takes place on Sunday, May 7. PDAA will announce the awards at its 20th annual brunch for members and guests.

Since 1993, PDAA has honored professionals in government agencies or non-government organizations working in more than 50 countries and in the United States whose work makes a difference in projecting American policies, ideas, and culture to the rest of the world. […]

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: […]

February 13 PDAA Program Examines Diplomacy in Space Exploration

Crew members from U.S., Russia, and Japan aboard the International Space Station, December 2015. (NASA.gov)

(14 January 2017) From John Glenn to Elon Musk, Americans who dare to go to space have inspired Americans from the first days of the space program. Through State, the U.S. has been a leader at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and other international fora on space and earth sciences.

PDAA’s program […]

New Book on Nontraditional PD Launched at January Forum

(Public Diplomacy Council)

(24 December 2016) The next Monday lunch forum program will examine Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future, a new book published by Public Diplomacy Council. The event takes place on Monday, 9 January 2017 at American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) in Washington, D.C.

According to its publisher, the book showcases key innovations and lessons in U.S. diplomacy since World War I. It delivers to practitioners, analysts, students, and others […]

Panel Discussing PD Challenges at Walter Roberts Centennial

Walter Roberts in an early Voice of America broadcast (U.S. government, public domain)

(9 November 2016). The Walter Roberts Endowment and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University are holding a panel discussion on Challenges in the New Public Diplomacy Environment, to celebrate the centennial of Walter Roberts’s birth. The event takes place on Wednesday, 30 November 2016, at 3:00 pm at the Elliott School of International Affairs at […]

Amb. Kenton Keith: “Vital importance of person to person engagement”

(State.gov)

(14 May 2016) Remarks by Amb. Kenton W. Keith on receiving the DACOR Foreign Service Cup at Foreign Affairs Day, 6 May 2016, U.S. Department of State. Reprinted with permission.

Thank you Amb. Ewing, Mr. Director General, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen:

I am very grateful to have my name included among those on this prestigious cup. I would like to accept on behalf of the many who toiled in the vineyards of public […]