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

DOD and Strategic Communication focus of September Discussion

The US Embassy in Colombo sponsored a workshop for the Sri Lankan military in September 2017. It focused on “structure and purposes of psychological operations, information management, process of psychological operations, target audience analysis, recognition of propaganda and review,” according to a Sri Lankan military website. It was presented by USPACOM.

Department of Defense and State Department coordination in the information domain will be the focus of PDAA’s first discussion for the program year […]

August 6 Peace Corps Program Canceled

PCV Group 88 with Peace Corps Samoa staff. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

A discussion with Dr. Josephine (Jody) Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps, will be featured at the August First Monday luncheon. All PDAA members are invited.

Olsen was sworn in as the 20th Director of the Peace Corps on March 30. She previously served the agency in a variety of capacities, including as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia 1966-1968.

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US Diplomatic Leadership and Cultural Heritage Protection

Monumental Arch of Palmyra (By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12163785)

PDAA is collaborating with DACOR on a program on U.S. Diplomatic Leadership and Cultural Heritage Protection. PDAA member Larry Schwartz will discuss the topic at a luncheon on Friday, July 13, from noon to 2:00 p.m.

For generations, the practice of cultural heritage destruction – from souvenir hunting to systematic exploitation and destruction for scholarly or religious purposes – has […]

Nelson Mandela Centennial Focus of July 23 Forum

The centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth will be the focus of a luncheon discussion on July 23. The program is jointly sponsored by PDAA, the Public Diplomacy Council, and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

Mandela’s legacy as the first black president of South Africa and his peaceful rise to power has assured him a place in history. That legacy will be celebrated over the coming months in a variety of programs, […]

June Forum to Focus on Governors as Ambassadors – Public Diplomacy at the State Level

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has a close relationship with Gov. Claudia Pavlovich of Sonora, Mexico. (Office of Gov. Doug Ducey, Governing Magazine)

(16 May 2018) The role of state-level government in public diplomacy will take center-stage at the June 4 First Monday program. The noon event is cosponsored by PDAA and takes place at the Elliott School on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C.

Governing Magazine recently pointed out that President […]

Cultural Diplomacy’s Future Examined at May Forum

American rapper Wordsmith, with an Arab-Jewish band at the Rap for Humanity concert in Tel Aviv in 2016 (U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv)

(28 April 2018). The extent and nature of cultural diplomacy in the future will be explored at the next First Monday Forum, on May 7, 2018 at 12 noon. The event takes place at the Elliott School on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C.

A State Department advisory committee report […]