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

2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy Announced

The Public Diplomacy Association of America (PDAA) congratulates Nicholas G. Barnett, the Information Officer at American Embassy Addis Ababa, for being awarded the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy.

Speaking at the opening of DevFest-Addis, Embassy Spokesperson Nick Barnett (above) said, “Technology can be a powerful tool for giving people a voice and the means to improve their societies through innovation. The U.S. Embassy is proud to be a partner […]

U.S. Global Leadership Standing Drops During Trump Administration

Global approval of U.S. leadership, 2007 – 2017 (Gallup Inc.)

(20 January 2018) Polling conducted worldwide by Gallup Inc. shows approval of U.S. leadership under President Donald Trump fell to its lowest point since 2007. The data reported this week by Gallup, show a median of 30 percent of respondents in 134 countries approve of U.S. leadership, a sharp decline from 48 percent in 2016, the last year of the Barack Obama administration. The […]

Int’l Students Increase in U.S., New Enrollments Decline

Top 10 origins for international students

(24 November 2017) The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities increased in the 2016-17 academic year, totaling more than 1 million students from overseas for the second year in a row. But the number of new students enrolling at U.S. institutions declined in the fall of 2016, the first such decline in 12 years.

International Institute of Education compiles annual statistics on international exchanges of […]

Atlantic Council Report Calls For Separate Public Diplomacy Agency

(Atlantic Council)

(16 September 2017) A Washington, DC think tank recommends forming a stand-alone agency devoted to public diplomacy under the rubric of State Department. The Atlantic Council issued its assessment of State Department’s mission and organization on 6 September 2017, prepared at the request of Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The panel preparing the report consisted of former high-level officials at State Department and National Security Council, as well […]

U.S. Image Under Trump Declines Sharply

(1 July 2017) According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. Excerpts from the report follow.

A median of just 22 percent has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when […]

Culture-Education Diplomacy Awardees Named for 2017

(Lois Roth Endowment)

(10 June 2017). The Lois Roth Endowment named its winners of this year’s achievement awards for cultural and educational diplomacy at a ceremony on 31 May. The awards were announced by Skyler Arndt-Briggs, chair of the Lois Roth Endowment, and Rick Ruth, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State Department’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, or ECA, that takes part in the awards process.

Priscilla Hernandez, Cultural Affairs Officer […]