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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.

Public Diplomacy and Public Health: Our Experience in Mali

Photo from Mali innoculation campaign poster (Courtesy, Robert Baker)

Robert Baker

Editor’s note: With PDAA’s February 2015 lunch program discussing health crisis communications, Bob Baker tells how U.S. public diplomacy helped promote an inoculation campaign in Mali, where he served as Public Affairs Officer in the 1960s.

20 January 2015. Our biggest foreign aid achievement in Mali was to inoculate the whole population against smallpox and measles. Those endemic diseases often killed or blinded. […]

February 9 Panel: Effective Communication Strategies in Global Health Crises

Kathryn Jacobsen

Whether it is Ebola or HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, or dengue fever, health public diplomacy plays a critical role in an effective response to managing, and hopefully, eradicating diseases that can no longer be contained within geographic borders.

PDAA presented a panel of experts on Monday, February 9 from government, academia, media, and the non-governmental community to discuss why it is just as critical to get out good health information in a way that […]

Foreign Service Journal Features Public Diplomacy Award Winners

Naimeh Hadidi (on right) visiting in the Aljouf region with a member of the King Abdulaziz Society for Women whose goal is to strengthen the position of women in Saudi society. (Courtesy, Naimeh Hadidi)

The July-August 2014 Foreign Service Journal reports on this years winners of PDAA Award for Achievement in Public Diplomacy, on pages 11 and 12. The 2014 awards went to:

– Attia Nasar, International Information Program, Department of State – Ajani […]

World Opinion on U.S. Leadership Improves in 2013, but Still Down from 2009

(USCIS.gov)

26 May 2014. Surveys in 130 countries through 2013 show world opinion about U.S. leadership rebounded last year from 2012, but levels were generally lower than the start of the Obama administration in 2009. The findings were contained in the fifth annual U.S. Global Leadership Report, compiled and published by Gallup and Meridian International Center. Excerpts from the report, released in April 2014, follow.

Median approval of U.S. leadership across these 130 countries […]

PDAA Honors Professionals Who Are Making a Difference

Emerging Artists Workshop organized by The Phillips Collection and the U.S. Department of State at the Alhamra Arts Center in Lahore, Pakistan. (Courtesy, Attia Nasar)

In Pakistan, art is being used to give voice to young Pakistanis, displaced persons and refugees – many in remote and marginalized regions – on difficult national issues. In Equatorial Guinea, where political opponents are routinely arrested and held without charge, discussion groups and roundtables are being initiated to […]

First Monday Forum to Discuss Young African Leaders Program

Joyce Warner (IREX.org)

The next next Public Diplomacy Council/USC First Monday lunch forum takes place on Monday, 7 April at 12:00 pm, where Joyce Warner will tell about the U.S. Young African Leaders Initiative. Warner is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of IREX, an international not-for-profit organization working with local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a modern society.

IREX is helping implement the Washington Fellowship of the Young African […]