Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

Countering ISIS Messages Topic of October Monday Forum


29 September 2014. Journalists will discuss ways of combating messaging by ISIS at the next USC Annenberg Center “first Monday” forum, hosted by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council. Featured speakers are Shameem Rassam, Executive Producer, Alhurra Iraq and Davin Hutchins, Director of Digital Content, Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

The event takes place on Monday, 6 October at the American Foreign Service Association, 2101 E Street NW […]

Richard Stengel: Public Diplomacy is a Conversation

27 September 2014. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel outlined his strategy and key issues facing practitioners of public diplomacy at State Department in remarks at a meeting of the American Security Project on 16 September. Excerpts from Stengel’s discussion and video (51:44) follow.

Public diplomacy is a conversation. It’s people talking to people—it’s not governments talking to people—it’s sometimes people talking to governments. And all of this new technology, particularly social […]

Panel Recommends Expanded Research, Risk-Taking for Data-Driven Public Diplomacy

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20 September 2014. A panel of university faculty in public diplomacy recommends expanding research efforts State Department and BBG, both in the quantity of analytics conducted and its status in the organizations, to infuse more solid evidence into the public diplomacy decision-making process. The committee’s report, prepared for the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, also calls for creating a culture where limited or negative outcomes from evaluations are used to build […]

VOA Director to Discuss Voice of America’s Future

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4 September 2014. AFSA and the Public Diplomacy Council will host a discussion with Voice of America director David Ensor about the role of VOA and other international broadcasting services in today’s media environment. The event takes place on Tuesday, 9 September at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Ensor became VOA director in June 2011, after serving as communications director at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ensor previously worked […]