Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band in Bamako, Mali

Bob Baker

December 30, 2012

The dictatorial, Marxist Malian government ran Radio Mali with European communist material and editorial assistance in 1968. They denounced the U.S. every day as a racist, imperialist, blood-sucking capitalist country. My job at our Embassy in Bamako was to get pro-American stories into Malian mass media. I failed at that, […]

Remembering Two Goodwill Ambassadors Named Ravi

December 30, 2012

Mike Anderson reflects on the recent passing of Indian music icon Ravi Shankar, and a meeting in India between Ravi Shankar and visiting U.S. musician Ravi Coltrane, the son of jazz legend John Coltrane. This article first appeared in the January 2013 PDAA Today newsletter.

I was saddened to learn of India […]

Behind the Scenes of Life in the Foreign Service

November 4, 2012

Eddie and Mary Lee Deerfield offer a look behind the scenes at Foreign Service life in Madras, Kampala, and Lagos.

As my wife and I chatted during a drink before dinner one evening, talk turned to our time in the Foreign Service. Mary Lee was at my side through 22 years at […]

The Walk-On

Ernesto Uribe

October 13, 2012

I was posted as Student Affairs Officer in Bogotá, Colombia when I was unexpectedly given a walk-on acting role in a feature motion picture that was being filmed by an American company in Colombia. The Proud and Damned was written, produced and directed by Frede Grofe Jr., son of […]

AFSA Memorial Markers

June 17, 2012

Georgette Garner, the widow of FSO John Garner, wants to remind PDAA members of memorial markers available from American Foreign Service Association, an idea that the Garner family initiated.

Like those used in the U.S. military, the AFSA memorial markers celebrate and commemorate the service of Foreign Service personnel and their spouses […]

Memorable Encounters with Two Early Public Diplomacy Stalwarts

Stephen M. Carney

April 14, 2012

Trying to remember what took place in Nicaragua more than sixty-five years ago I encountered the names of two individuals who were significant in the early annals of public diplomacy and whom I knew personally — Muna Lee and Jake Canter.

Several months out of the Army in […]