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

Past, Present, & Future of Public Diplomacy Organizations Focus of Special Meeting

A special roundtable discussion among members of the Public Diplomacy Association of America, the Public Diplomacy Council, and other interested professionals has been set for Mon., Sep. 9, 2019. It will focus on the past, present, and future of organizations focused on Public Diplomacy.

The special meeting will replace the September “First Monday” discussion and will take place at noon at George Washington University’s Elliott School Lindner Family Common, 1957 E Street St. NW, 6th […]

Robert J. Korengold: An Appreciation

Robert J. Korengold

by Miller Crouch

When I met Bud Korengold at USIS Paris in the early 1990s, he was one of the most well-known senior Foreign Service officers in the U.S. Information Agency. He was known especially for his singular success directing large press operations at some of our most important European posts. Political appointees trusted him and sought his advice, and he always gave his best in return. They and colleagues […]

New Speaker Added to Feb. 28 Program on Engaging North Korea, Other Hard-to-Reach Audiences

(Updated Feb. 18, 2019) After decades of hostile or no communication, difficult, often halting efforts to negotiate, “soft power” diplomacy (including visits to North Korea by the New York Philharmonic and basketball player Dennis Rodman), and a dangerous ratcheting-up of nuclear brinksmanship in 2017, in March 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to meet. That first-ever US-DPRK summit took place on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. Hailed […]

History and Future of Public Diplomacy Focus of November 5 Lunch Forum

A special luncheon forum focused on the History and Future of Public Diplomacy will take place on November 5. It is part of the monthly “First Monday” luncheon discussions presented by PDAA, the Public Diplomacy Council, and the USC Annenberg program.

The panel will include (in alphabetical order): – Donald Bishop, Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia – Nicholas Cull, Professor and Director, USC Master of […]

PDAA Awards Hail Public Diplomacy Officers for Creativity in Challenging Environments

Mark Bosse, Assistant Information Officer in Baghdad, leads training for government spokespersons (U.S. Embassy Baghdad)

(10 May 2018) The 2018 winners of the 21st annual PDAA Awards for Excellence in Public Diplomacy demonstrate the necessity of being able to utilize a basket of strategies in addressing the challenges of influencing public opinion in an ever-savvy global media environment.

From creating educational scholarships and producing social media platforms to training foreign official spokespersons in […]

Cultural Diplomacy’s Future Examined at May Forum

American rapper Wordsmith, with an Arab-Jewish band at the Rap for Humanity concert in Tel Aviv in 2016 (U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv)

(28 April 2018). The extent and nature of cultural diplomacy in the future will be explored at the next First Monday Forum, on May 7, 2018 at 12 noon. The event takes place at the Elliott School on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C.

A State Department advisory committee […]