Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

GWU Symposium Explores Exchanges with Cuba

(A. Kotok)

5 September 2015. George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs is hosting a symposium to discuss how the new U.S. approach on Cuba can promote more educational and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. The program, conducted with Sister Cities International and the U.S. Department of State, is held on Wednesday, 9 September, from 8:30 am to 12 noon, on the GWU campus.

The event expects to provide practical information […]

Education-Cultural Chief to Discuss Public Diplomacy Impact

Evan Ryan (Department of State/ECA)

14 February 2015. Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, will discuss the role of public diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy and national security, as well as the importance of people-to-people international exchanges in building more secure, democratic, and prosperous societies. Her talk takes place Thursday, 19 February 2015, at 6:00 pm on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Ryan oversees a […]

Brookings Institution Event: Academic and Cultural Exchange Programs

On 17 October 2013, the Brookings Institution will celebrate its 50th year as a designated sponsor of the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program. Brookings is just one of several organizations that bring individuals and their families to the U.S. for academic and cultural exchange.

Brookings is welcoming back some of its exchange visitor alumni to share their experiences as exchange program participants and how they continue to affect the global policy-making community. Nicholas Arrindell, […]

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 […]

Smart Power and Citizen Diplomacy Examined at November 30, 2011 Event

Sherry Mueller (National Council for International Visitors)

Sherry Mueller, who until recently led the National Council of International Visitors (NCIV), will discuss the role of citizen diplomacy in public diplomacy — an important role in her view — and how that role might be expanded in the future. Mueller shared her observations at the November 30, 2011 luncheon program of the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association in Washington, D.C.

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Smart Power and Citizen Diplomacy

Sherry Mueller (National Council for International Visitors)

Sherry L. Mueller

Remarks as prepared for the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association November 30, 2011 DACOR-Bacon House, Washington, D.C.

Thank you, Joe, for that gracious introduction. I’m grateful to you, Mike Schneider, and the PDAA board for this welcome opportunity to offer some reflections and begin what I hope will be a spirited discussion.

I joined the USIA Alumni Association in the 1980s because your programs have […]