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Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

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 the […]

Alberto Fernandez Featured at April’s Monday Forum

Amb. Alberto Fernandez (State.gov, Wikimedia Commons)

(1 April 2018). A conversation with Ambassador Alberto Fernandez highlights the next Monday forum, on a special date and time: 23 April 2018 at 3:00 pm. The discussion takes place at the Elliott School on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C.

Amb. Fernandez is president of Middle East Broadcasting Networks, joining the organization in June 2017. In this position, he oversees Alhurra Television networks and Radio […]

Iran Protests Examined at February First Monday Forum

Protests in Tehran, 30 December 2017 (Wikimedia Commons)

(29 January 2018) The recent protests in Iran and their implications for U.S. public diplomacy will be explored by a panel at the next First Monday Forum, on 5 February 2018. This and future First Monday discussions are now held at a new location: in the Lindner Family Commons room of the Elliott School at George Washington University, 1957 E Street, Room 602, in Washington, D.C.

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Winners of 20th Annual PDAA Awards Hailed for Creativity and Innovation

Dolores Prin, second from right, at a school in Okinawa (U.S. Consulate General Naha)

(11 May 2017) The 2017 winners of the 20th annual PDAA awards for excellence in public diplomacy demonstrated exceptional innovation, ability to connect with foreign audiences, and affect real change in challenging environments.

PDAA, a volunteer, nonprofit organization of current and former State Department, broadcast, academic and private sector public diplomacy professionals, honored the five awardees at their annual award […]

Virginia Foreign Affairs Group to Hear Alberto Fernandez

(Courtesy, Amb. Alberto Fernandez)

(7 February 2017). Foreign Affairs Retirees of Northern Virginia, or Farnova, will hear a talk by Ambassador Alberto Fernandez at its meeting on 22 March. The event takes place at the Fort Myer Officers Club in Arlington, Virginia.

Amb. Fernandez, now a vice-president at MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, authored an article in late January on the MEMRI web site titled, “Making The U.S. State Department Great Again: […]

Iraqi Attitudes, News Sources Explored at First Monday Forum

Iraqi women using a mobile phone to take their photo. (BBG.gov)

Update, 23 July 2016. A report and link to a video of the meeting are available on the Public Diplomacy Council Web site.

(27 June 2016). Two experts on public attitudes and media behavior in Iraq will examine changes in public opinion in that country, as well as ways people in Iraq get their news at the next First Monday Forum, 11 July […]