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Yemen’s Civil War: An Update

Yemen’s civil war, now in its sixth year, has directly affected or cost the lives of up to an estimated 100,000 people. Once again, there’s hope for a breakthrough and settlement of at least some factional differences aimed at ending the world’s most devastating civil conflict. The challenges to U. S. public diplomacy are complex.…

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1.TEACHING ABOUT PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND POWER:  The bipartisan U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD) is continuing to do productive work to improve the public diplomacy functions vested in U.S. Government entities. Its latest product, Teaching Public Diplomacy and the Information Instruments of Power in a Complex Information Environment, is an 88-page special report intended for…

Israel-United Arab Emirates Accord: a Meaningful Step with a Soft Power Twist

The Israel-UAE accord announced by President Trump August 13 has the potential of normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and a third Arab state. Is that potentially a significant step forward in defusing the Arab-Israeli dispute?  Read ahead. The agreement, fashioned by the two Middle Eastern countries and encouraged by Washington, establishes formal relations between a…

Q&A with a Rising Professional: Oumama Kabli

This spring, the Public Diplomacy Council (PDC) welcomed a new category of Rising Professional members into its ranks. Over the past three weeks, I have had the pleasure of interviewing Rangel Fellow Mojib Ziarmal Ghaznawi, Wes Davison, and Shannon McNaught. This fourth installment of my Q&A series features yet another multifaceted Rising Professional member who…