Areas of PDC activity, including academic study, professional practice and advocacy

New Nonprofit Promotes U.S. Global Engagement

Two Washington-based Organizations Merge On April 15, 2022, the Public Diplomacy Council merged with the Public Diplomacy Association of America to form The Public Diplomacy Council of America (PDCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in the state of Virginia. The PDCA will combine programs of both organizations to offer an annual award for outstanding public diplomacy…

A Glimpse At Russia’s Blocking Of Western News Agencies And Its Own Amid Moscow’s Invasion Of Ukraine

It’s nothing less than a revival of a new Cold War to counter VOA and BBC broadcasts during Russia’s assault and occupation of Ukraine. The international community, the United States and NATO are all reacting vigorously to the latest news about Russia’s forces threatening Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, and its southern shore communities. The Associated…

Lebanon’s Virtual Public Diplomacy Cements Connections

By Fidaa AlFakih and Raisa Dukas Traditional public diplomacy practices were upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when—arguably—outreach and connections were more critical than ever.  As the world retreated to their homes, it was imperative to grasp the adage of “meeting people where they are” by pivoting to virtual engagement.  U.S. Embassy Beirut…

Global Warming: A Huge 21st Century Challenge

A United Nations panel issued a report on February 28 describing the impact of climate change globally, and possible ways of combatting its threat to humanity. Climate change’s impacts are worse than scientists expected, the panel warned, and will only accelerate. Summarizing its conclusions about the threat: *Its impacts are increasing rapidly, and some are…

A Pair Of Crises: Ukraine And Afghanistan

As 2022 dawned six weeks ago, it was difficult to imagine that America would be reading headlines about two new life-threatening crises in Europe and Asia: *In Europe, Russian threats to invade neighboring Ukraine, potentially causing the loss of thousands of lives. *In Afghanistan, a growing hunger crisis that could kill 23 million people after…