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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.

Strengthening America’s Public Diplomacy Capability: USIA, the Cold War, and Combating ISIS Propaganda — Part 2

Jennifer Galt conducting Web chat over social media (U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou)

Bruce Byers

(30 January 2016). Editor’s note. In reply to an 8 January 2016 article in the Washington Post, “Obama administration plans shake-up in propaganda war against ISIS” Bruce Byers wrote an essay about the effectiveness of USIA in projecting American […]

Strengthening America’s Public Diplomacy Capability: USIA, the Cold War, and Combating ISIS Propaganda — Part 1

(State.gov)

Bruce Byers

(30 January 2016). Editor’s note. In reply to an 8 January 2016 article in the Washington Post, “Obama administration plans shake-up in propaganda war against ISIS” Bruce Byers wrote an essay about the effectiveness of USIA in projecting American ideas and policies to foreign audiences during the Cold War. The […]

Remembering Mal Whitfield

Mal Whitfield (Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, DC)

29 November 2015. Mal Whitfield — Olympic champion, Tuskegee airman, and US Information Agency sports and youth officer — died on 19 November at age 91 at a veterans’ hospice in Washington, D.C. Colleagues of Mr. Whitfield from USIA offer their memories of this unique […]

Panel to Discuss U.S. Public Diplomacy in Spain

(Palgrave Macmillan)

5 September 2015. The role of public diplomacy in Spain during the Cold War and its contributions to building democracy is the topic of a new book and discussion at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University on Monday, 14 September at 4:30 pm. Francisco J. Rodriguez Jimenez, […]

Seeking Audio File of “Talking USIA”

Joe Glazer (Smithsonian Folkways)

24 June 2015. Retired FSO Dan Scherr wants to get his hands on an audio file of the late Joe Glazer’s humorous composition “Talking USIA,” a talking-blues style account of a junior officer who ends up assigned to Ouagadougou. The file should be in a format, such as MP3, that […]

ECA Seeks Disability Milestones, Stories

(National Library of Medicine, NIH)

13 May 2015. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs is compiling a timeline of events and individuals that represent ECA’s commitment to people with disabilities and seeks to learn about the Bureau’s activities over the years, as part of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with […]