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

Back Issues of PDAA Today Newsletter Now Online

 

PDAA Today

PDAA Today, January 2017 issue

(Updated June 1, 2018) PDAA is making available in electronic (PDF) format back issues of PDAA Today, its printed members-only newsletter. The newsletter is published four or more times a year and sent to PDAA members by mail. Click on the links below to see issues since September 2013.

The two most recent issues of the publication, however, will still be available only to members. Not a PDAA member? You can join online at www.publicdiplomacy.org/membership.

March 2018. Some China observers have coined a new phrase ‘sharp power’ to complement already recognized ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ power. Two respected experts explore these and related questions. Ambassador Cynthia Efird, PDAA’s President, notes the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steven Goldstein.

January 2018. Should promoting human rights and democracy be an important part of U.S. foreign policy? Can the efforts of the U.S. (and other countries) to promote democracy and human rights in other countries succeed, or can democracy develop and thrive only if promoted from within a country? Do democratic states, in turn, contribute to a more secure and stable world, or can democratic transitions lead to instability or even chaos? Two experts address these questions. Also, PDAA member Dick Virden write on Writing, Teaching, Speaking: Using Critical Skills in Retirement.

October 2017U.S. correspondents for various European media discuss rising populism in Europe and the U.S. Also, 2017 winners of the annual PDAA awards for excellence in public diplomacy demonstrated exceptional innovation, ability to connect with foreign audiences, and affect real change in challenging environments.

August 2017Fake news and disinformation pose a challenge to diplomacy, and particularly to public diplomacy. How can today’s public diplomacy professionals—whose job it is to explain the United States and U.S. policy and seek to persuade the citizens and governments of other countries to support those policies—do their jobs in the face of this omnipresent fake news and disinformation? Two State Department officials help answer these questions. Also, PDAA member Judy Aita writes on My Next Life: Local Activism and Politics.

March 2017Why is diplomatic engagement with religious groups so essential, and how can we do it more effectively? Dr. Douglas Johnston, founder and President of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, and Dr. Peter Mandaville, Professor of International Affairs at George Mason University respond.

January 2017. A PDAA lunch program panel describes the ways nations closely cooperate in space despite strategic differences on earth, and a former PDAA professional tells about her run for politicl office in Maine.

October 2016. Kristin Lord and Tara Sonenshine outline the public diplomacy challenges facing the new president, and Bill Parker explains how a former Foreign Service Officer became an advocate for space exploration as an instrument of foreign policy.

August 2016. Amb. Kenton Keith and former Deputy Assistant Secretary Jeff Brown discuss the current state of public diplomacy, based on their recent experiences inspecting posts overseas, and the 2016 Public Diplomacy Achievement Awards recipients are profiled.

March 2016. The April 2016 PDAA lunch meeting discusses the Paris accords on climate change, the annual Public Diplomacy Achievement Awards brunch moves to Fort Myer Officers’ Club, and Cynthia Farrell Johnson tells how she evolved into a children’s book illustrator.

January 2016. PDAA kicked off 2016 with a discussion of the role foreign policy could play in the 2016 pesidential elections, led by Mike McCurry, veteran political strategist and former spokesperson at State Department and the White House. In that issue, many colleagues remembered USIA youth and sports officer (and Olympic champion) Mal Whitfield, who died in November 2015, as a unique and inspiring individual.

October 2015. The November 2015 lunch program explores foreign policy implications of warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba. And Jacqui Porth tells about her post-PD career responding to casting calls, acting in entertainment and industrial films and videos.

August 2015. The September luncheon program discusses the definition and metrics surrounding public diplomacy audiences. And Bruce Byers tells how he published a novel, with advice for future great American authors.

March 2015. The March 2015 lunch program features a panel discussion of immigration issues. The annual awards event, now a brunch, is scheduled for May. Jon Schaffer tells what it’s like to host four Chinese teenagers in his home.

January 2015. A panel at the February lunch program describes the role of communications in global health crises, focusing on experiences with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Mike Anderson tells about Ben Bradlee’s reluctant tenure in public diplomacy. Bob Chatten offers an appreciation of his good friend Vic Olason.

October 2014. Kurt Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific is the featured speaker at the November lunch program. Joe Johnson describes how he became an illustrator. And Tom Tuch tells why VOA’s professional news and editorial operations are needed now more than ever.

August 2014. A panel at the September 2014 lunch program discusses Russia’s propaganda and influence in the Ukraine. And Fred Coffey gives his views on the way public relations and public diplomacy are becoming increasingly confused in the 21st century State Department, as he returns to his native Texas.

April 2014. Lois Barbaro describes how her work with the Lois Roth Endowment keeps her connected to cultural exchanges. The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum explores diplomacy as a way to talk with adversaries. And the annual awards dinner features an Italian menu.

March 2014. A panel at the April 2014 lunch program explores how exchanges can provide an American presence in Cuba while relations slowly return to normal. Than and Mimi Lwin describe their work with UNESCO. Former State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley discusses our public diplomacy deficit in a joint program with American Foreign Service Association.

January 2014. Lisa Choate of American Councils for International Education describes the value of youth exchanges at the February 2014 lunch program. Frank Albert remembers his friend Bob Gildea. And Nancy Snow offers an excerpt from her new book about Edward R. Murrow’s tenure as USIA director.

November 2013. A panel of State Department public diplomacy officers tell about their experience in details away from the Department in the December 2013 lunch program. Jim Bullock shares his experiences in being called out of retirement to become PAO in Tunis for the second time. And PDAA’s Web site gets a makeover.

September 2013. Carla Koppell of USAID and Sharon Kotok of State Department explore the role of women’s empowerment programs in fostering democratic reform and social change at the October 2013 lunch program. Kathy Brion tells about her experiences singing classical music with the Cathedral Choral Society. And Walter Roberts remembers his good friend Arthur Bardos.

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