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Back Issues of PDAA Today

Back issues of PDAA Today, PDAA’s quarterly print newsletter are now online and available for download.

Alberto Fernandez Featured at April’s Monday Forum

Amb. Alberto Fernandez (State.gov, Wikimedia Commons)

(1 April 2018). A conversation with Ambassador Alberto Fernandez highlights the next Monday forum, on a special date and time: 23 April 2018 at 3:00 pm. The discussion takes place at the Elliott School on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C.

Amb. Fernandez is president of Middle East Broadcasting Networks, joining the organization in June 2017. In this position, he oversees Alhurra Television networks and Radio […]

May 6 PDAA Brunch Honors Excellence in Public Diplomacy

L-R: Bix Aliu, Adrienne Bory, Amb. Cynthia Efird, Lisa Heller, Tim Marshall, Elizabeth Thornhill, chair, PDAA Awards Committee (A. Kotok)

Update 11 May 2018) PDAA held its 2018 awards program that honored excellence in public diplomacy on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. In all but five years since 1993, PDAA has honored professionals in government agencies and non-government organizations working in more than 50 countries and […]

April 9 PDAA Program Explores China’s Leadership Goals and Public Perceptions

Xi Jinping in 2015 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

(Update: 10 April 2018) As China’s economic, military and political influence grow, the world asks how it will project its influence and power internationally, and what internal forces and self-image drives China’s expansion. This timely discussion took place on Monday, April 9, 2018 at DACOR-Bacon House in Washington, D.C.

Some China observers have coined a new phrase ‘sharp power’ to complement already recognized ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ power. […]

Spain’s Public Diplomacy Featured at March 2018 Monday Forum

Olympic Ring Park in Barcelona, Spain (A. Kotok)

(24 February 2018) Public diplomacy as practiced by Spain is the focus of the First Monday Forum in March 2018, set for 12 noon on 5 March 2018 at the Elliott School on the George Washington University campus. Leading the discussion is Cristina Fraile, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Fraile began her tour as DCM in Washington in […]

Debate Over Values and Interests in Foreign Policy Highlights Santa Fe Forum

(Santa Fe World Affairs Forum)

(24 February 2018) Today a debate over fundamental values rages within the U.S. and abroad between the pursuit of American interests and the image of American values that transcend day-to-day policies. That debate is the theme of this year’s Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, April 9-10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And if you’re a member of PDAA, you qualify for a discounted registration rate.

American foreign policy since […]

Human Rights Promotion as a U.S. Policy Priority

Robert Berschinski at PDAA lunch program, 12 February 2018 (A. Kotok)

(14 February 2018) Editor’s note. The following essay is drawn from remarks prepared by Robert Berschinski at the PDAA lunch program on Monday, 12 February 2018. Berschinski is Senior Vice President of Human Rights First, where he oversees the organization’s work advancing a U.S. foreign policy rooted in a strong commitment to human rights, universal values, and American ideals. More details about his […]