Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

International Visitors Meeting Set for January-February 2014

National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) will hold its next national meeting January 29 to February 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C. at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. NCIV says its national meeting is a forum for developing skills, identifying key trends, and sharing best practices in international exchange and nonprofit management.

This year’s theme for the meeting is Global Ties: Integrate, Innovate, Impact. The program expects to have training sessions in:

Nonprofit capacity […]

Rafer and Me, in Kabul and on Network TV

February 17, 2013

Jazz DeCou

As Ernesto Uribe told the Public Diplomacy Alumni Blog, public diplomacy officers sometimes end up in the big time world of show business. Jazz DeCou, retired from USIA and now living in France — colleagues may remember him as Jim DeCou — tells how his USIS work with American Olympic decathlete Rafer Johnson landed him on the popular early network TV show “This Is Your Life.

One day at the […]

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 week from an eight-day study tour of Cuba, mainly in Havana and the southern coastal city of Cienfuegos. The experience […]

Community Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy Examined at PDAA January 29 Lunch Program

Jazz Tap Ensemble leads a master class in Kinshasa for State Department exchange program (Department of State).

Stacy White, director of the State Department’s Cultural Programs Division, described how the arts help forge connections among artists and local communities in the U.S. and overseas at the January 29, 2013 lunch program of the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association at DACOR-Bacon House in Washington, D.C.

White provided PDAA members and guests with an update of current […]

Pax Entrepreneura

Alan Kotok

October 15, 2011

It isn’t often that a news report overlaps with my various careers in public diplomacy, technology, and business, but a story on the CNN-Money Web site this week brings it all together. Jeff Bussgang, general partner at the venture capital firm Flybridge Capital Partners in Boston, writes about his recent experiences meeting with a group of Palestinian entrepreneur CEOs during their USAID-supported visit to the U.S.

Bussgang, a self-professed ardent […]

James Dickey — Glorious Drunk

Bob Baker

August 31, 2011

The most amazing poetry reading I ever heard was by James Dickey. Our distinguished Cultural Officer in the U.S. Embassy, London, had arranged a formal reading by the American novelist and poet. Dickey was in London as the guest of his British publisher to talk about a new volume of poetry.

I had tagged along as “dogs body”, a general helper. I was a very junior officer at the Embassy. […]