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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.

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 will take place at noon at George Washington University’s Elliott School Lindner Family Common, 1957 E Street St. NW, 6th Floor.

Lunch is included and admission […]

First Monday Programs Look at Digital Attacks on Elections, Work of Radio Free Asia

Upcoming First Monday luncheon discussions will focus on Digital Attacks on Elections, the Work of Radio Free Asia, and the future of public diplomacy organizations. The luncheons are free, but registration is required.

“How the U.S. Helps Allies Defend Against Digital Attacks on Elections” will be Ambassador J. Kenneth Blackwell’s topic on Monday, July 15 (special date). Ambassador Blackwell is Board Chair of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. Other panelists include Vasu Mohan, Dr. […]

April 9 PDAA Program Explores China’s Leadership Goals and Public Perceptions

Xi Jinping in 2015 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

(Update: 10 April 2018) As China’s economic, military and political influence grow, the world asks how it will project its influence and power internationally, and what internal forces and self-image drives China’s expansion. This timely discussion took place on Monday, April 9, 2018 at DACOR-Bacon House in Washington, D.C.

Some China observers have coined a new phrase ‘sharp power’ to complement already recognized ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ […]

Global Ties Names Katherine Brown as President, CEO

Katherine Brown (Global Ties U.S.)

(10 March 2018) Global Ties U.S., an advocacy organization for international people-to-people exchanges, named Katherine Brown as its president and CEO, effective 9 April. She joins Global Ties U.S. after serving as public policy manager at Facebook, Inc., where she was also in residence as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.

From 2013-2016, Brown served as Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public […]

Debate Over Values and Interests in Foreign Policy Highlights Santa Fe Forum

(Santa Fe World Affairs Forum)

(24 February 2018) Today a debate over fundamental values rages within the U.S. and abroad between the pursuit of American interests and the image of American values that transcend day-to-day policies. That debate is the theme of this year’s Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, April 9-10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And if you’re a member of PDAA, you qualify for a discounted registration rate.

American foreign policy […]

Human Rights Promotion as a U.S. Policy Priority

Robert Berschinski at PDAA lunch program, 12 February 2018 (A. Kotok)

(14 February 2018) Editor’s note. The following essay is drawn from remarks prepared by Robert Berschinski at the PDAA lunch program on Monday, 12 February 2018. Berschinski is Senior Vice President of Human Rights First, where he oversees the organization’s work advancing a U.S. foreign policy rooted in a strong commitment to human rights, universal values, and American ideals. More details about […]