Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

Cuba — Ripe for a Public Diplomacy Initiative

Photography class, University of the Arts, Havana (A. Kotok)

February 2, 2013

Alan Kotok, PDAA’s newsletter and Web site editor, returned on 29 January 2013 from an eight-day University of Iowa alumni seminar in Cuba, and highlights public diplomacy opportunities for the U.S. to exploit, before others beat us to it.

We returned this […]

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 […]

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 […]

Was It Public Diplomacy or a Telling Of America’s Story?

Fred Becchetti, USIA 1962-89

August 11, 2011

In 1962 on my first day at USIA Edward R. Murrow greeted me at the front door of 1776 Pennsylvania Avenue. He smiled and said good morning to me as he hurried out the main door to his waiting car.

Somewhat stunned by seeing him, I smiled back […]

PDAA Members Invited to DACOR Discussion on Public Diplomacy as a Tool for Advancing U.S. Policy Goals in the Western Hemisphere


Friday, 12 October 2012, 12:00 pm at DACOR-Bacon House

Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs will discuss public diplomacy in the western hemisphere at 12:00 pm on Friday, 12 October 2012, at the DACOR-Bacon House: 1801 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Rodriguez-Ciampoli became Deputy Assistant Secretary […]