Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

Panel Discussing PD Challenges at Walter Roberts Centennial

Walter Roberts in an early Voice of America broadcast (U.S. government, public domain)

(9 November 2016). The Walter Roberts Endowment and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University are holding a panel discussion on Challenges in the New Public Diplomacy Environment, to celebrate the centennial of Walter Roberts’s birth. The event takes place on Wednesday, 30 November 2016, at 3:00 pm at the Elliott School of International Affairs at […]

New VOA Director Visits May 2016 First Monday Forum

Amanda Bennett, left, is sworn in as Voice of America director by John Lansing, CEO of BBG. Acting director Kelu Chao holds the bible. (

(24 April 2016) Amanda Bennett, Voice of America’s new director, will visit the next First Monday Forum, on Monday 2 May at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C. Bennett was sworn in as VOA’s director on 18 April 2016.

Bennett is a veteran reporter and editor, with two […]

Walter Roberts Lecture to Highlight VOA, Values Journalism

David Ensor (

(6 February 2016). The 2016 Walter Roberts lecture will feature former Voice of American director David Ensor discussing the role of VOA and values journalism in combating propaganda and violent extremism. The event takes place on Monday, 22 February 2016 at 6:30 pm on the George Washington University campus in Washington, DC.

Ensor is Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council, and served as VOA’s director from 2011 to 2015. He […]

Ensor Discusses Winning Information War at Next Forum

David Ensor (

28 December 2015. In the next First Monday Forum, former Voice of America director David Ensor discusses his recent article in Foreign Policy, “How Washington Can Win the Information War” (registration required). In the article Ensor offers a strategy for making better use of our technological tools to defeat Islamic State and Russian propaganda efforts.

Until recently, Ensor served as VOA director, joining the network in June 2011, after serving as […]

Forum to Feature Broadcasting Governors CEO

John Lansing (Broadcasting Board of Governors)

24 October 2015. The next First Monday Forum will feature a discussion with John Lansing, Chief Executive Officer of Broadcasting Board of Governors. The event takes place on Monday, 2 November at at American Foreign Service Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

BBG, which named Lansing to the post in mid-August, oversees all U.S. civilian international media including Voice of America , Radio and TV Martí, Radio Free Europe/Radio […]

Commission 2015 Report Highlights PD Successes, Shortcomings


27 September 2015. The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, an independent panel that reviews U.S. public diplomacy strategy and activities, notes an improvement in the conduct of public diplomacy and international broadcasting since its last report in December 2014, but still highlights the need for better structures and processes to support these activities. A summary and full text (PDF) are available for download from the commission’s Web site.

Most of the document […]