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

Singapore’s Soft Power Examined at Next First Monday

Amb. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri (Embassy of Singapore)

17 May 2015. Singapore’s soft power programs will be the focus of the next First Monday Forum, on 1 June 2015 at 12 noon, and held at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The speaker at the event is Ambassador to the U.S. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, who is expected to discuss Singapore’s transition to a first world nation, and how its diplomacy reflected this transition. Amb. Mirpuri began […]

2015 Awards Recognize Public Diplomacy in China, Poland, Afghanistan, West Africa

Molly Westrake photographs a Congressional visit to a safe Ebola burial site in Liberia. (Courtesy, Molly Westrake)

10 May 2015. The 2015 winners of the 18th annual PDAA awards for innovative and effective PD strategies clearly demonstrated creativity, courage and tenacity in addressing critical issues ranging from Ebola in Africa and women’s rights issues in Afghanistan to electronic messaging in China and trade agreements in Europe.

PDAA, which is a volunteer, nonprofit organization of […]

Asia Policy Expert Discusses China at Nov. 24 PDAA Lunch

Kurt Campbell speaking at PDAA lunch program, 24 November 2014. (Photo: Mike Anderson)

Updated 27 November 2014. Dr. Kurt Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, spoke at PDAA’s November 24, 2014 luncheon in Washington, D.C. Known for his policy work on the “pivot,” or “rebalance,” to Asia, Campbell discussed the topic of Rising China and Its Challenges for the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific Region.

Campbell’s addressed a subject […]

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 […]

Awardee News: Tom Cooney Recognized for Policy Advisor Contributions

Tom Cooney was recently selected as the State Department Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) of the Year for 2013 for his work as the top foreign policy advisor to the Commander of U.S. Army, Pacific. POLADs are foreign service officers detailed to U.S. military commanders around the world as their primary source of foreign policy advice.

Cooney was selected by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs for this award in recognition of his advice and counsel provided […]

Public Diplomacy as a Global Phenomenon: Japan

The next University of Southern California/Public Diplomacy Council “First Monday” sandwich lunch forum, takes place on Monday 4 November, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, with the theme: Public Diplomacy as a Global Phenomenon: Japan. Masato Otaka, Minister for Public Affairs at the Embassy of Japan, will speak about his country’s public diplomacy and how it is implemented in the United States.

The event is held at American Foreign Service Association, 2101 E Street NW, in Washington […]