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

2016 PDAA Award Winners Demonstrate Creativity in Challenging Environments

Milica Raskovic, right, and Marko Bumbic are among the winners of the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, from PDAA (Courtesy American Corner, Novi Sad, Serbia)

(16 May 2016) Promoting the growth of media and ensuring the safety of journalism is challenging throughout the Middle and Near East, and nowhere more so than in Afghanistan. Yet Tanya Brothen, U.S. Embassy Kabul Assistant Information Officer, showed “extraordinary creativity, diplomacy, and tenacity, in bringing the […]

Ensor Discusses Winning Information War at Next Forum

David Ensor (BBG.gov)

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 […]

First Monday Panel: Intl Broadcasts Explaining Policy to Mideast

(Voice of America)

21 February 2015. The next First Monday Forum will discuss the ways U.S. international broadcasting explain American policy for a Mideast audience. The event takes place on Monday, 2 March at 12 noon, and held at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Panel members include:

– Rana Abtar, Alhurra Congressional Correspondent – Zaid Benjamin, Washington Correspondent for Radio Sawa – Samir Nader, Radio Sawa State Department Correspondent

The First Monday forums are […]

Former Amb. Ford to Give Walter Roberts Lecture

Amb. Robert Ford (U.S. Department of State)

8 November 2014. Amb. Robert S. Ford will discuss current crises in the Middle East, the Obama administration’s strategy in the region, and role of social media and digital diplomacy in this year’s Walter Roberts lecture at George Washington University. Ford’s remarks take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, 12 November, at the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, in Washington, D.C.

While part […]

Countering ISIS Messages Topic of October Monday Forum

(carlisle.army.mil)

29 September 2014. Journalists will discuss ways of combating messaging by ISIS at the next USC Annenberg Center “first Monday” forum, hosted by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council. Featured speakers are Shameem Rassam, Executive Producer, Alhurra Iraq and Davin Hutchins, Director of Digital Content, Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

The event takes place on Monday, 6 October at the American Foreign Service Association, 2101 E Street NW in […]

New Book Tells Story of Silver Jewelry in Yemen

(American University in Cairo Press)

19 July 2014. Marjorie Ransom, who served as Public Affairs Officer in Sana’a, Yemen and at other posts in the Middle East, describes her love for silver jewelry from Yemen in a new book, Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Styles of Yemeni Jewelry, published this month by American University in Cairo Press.

In the book, Ransom tells how silver crafts developed in the Yemeni Jewish community, […]