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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.

Memories of Lou Olom (1917-2019)

By Bruce Gregory He was one of the most thoughtful, dedicated, and politically savvy public diplomacy professionals of his generation. Louis T. Olom (1917-2019), a career civil servant, will be remembered for his many contributions to public diplomacy during the years in which it was gradually gaining acceptance as a field of professional practice in US diplomacy.

Lou’s interest in what became known as public diplomacy began when he was a student at the University […]

After the Merger: Public Diplomacy at State

The impact of the 1999 merger of the United States Information Agency into the Department of State will be the focus of the Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, First Monday luncheon.

The speakers will include:

Ambassador Cynthia Efird Ambassador Kenton Keith Ambassador Jean Manes Dr. Shawn Powers

The forum will start at 12 noon and take place at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, room 602. The program is free […]

The Deaths of Two Journalistic Giants: Landmark Leaders in the History of America’s Voice

By Alan Heil

In the 20th century, two distinguished leaders at VOA were indispensable in the growth of the nation’s largest U.S.-funded international broadcaster: former Central News editor-in-chief and White House correspondent Philomena (Phil) Jurey, 91, and Near East and South Asia director Salman (Sam) M. Hilmy, 89. Their work significantly amplified America’s public diplomacy during the final years of the Cold War, and beyond.

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