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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.

Was It Public Diplomacy or a Telling Of America’s Story?

Fred Becchetti, USIA 1962-89

August 11, 2011

In 1962 on my first day at USIA Edward R. Murrow greeted me at the front door of 1776 Pennsylvania Avenue. He smiled and said good morning to me as he hurried out the main door to his waiting car.

Somewhat stunned by seeing him, I smiled back […]

Thai Memoir

(Prachanart Viriyaraks/Flickr)

Dick Virden

October 2012

Editor’s note: Dick Virden offers his first-hand observations on countering insurgencies, with potential lessons for today. Virden retired from the Senior Foreign Service in 2004 and lives in Plymouth, Minnesota. This essay first appeared in and is reprinted with permission of the journal American Diplomacy.

We Americans tend […]

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 […]

Remembering Ambassador Stevens

Christopher Stevens (U.S. Department of State)

Jennifer Clinton

Editor’s note: Jennifer Clinton, President of National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), authored this essay on the NCIV Web site. Reprinted with permission of NCIV.

October 2012.

Our nation and the international community experienced a great loss last month when violence erupted in Benghazi, Libya […]

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 […]

Richard Holbrooke: An Appreciation

Morton S. Smith

The mountain of information in the media about the passing of Dick Holbrooke accurately reflects the scope and impact of his abilities. No one who worked for and with him came away unchanged. Many of us who had that experience felt that references to him as “a Force of Nature” were significantly […]