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…

Ambassador Jean Manes official portrait

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1. PUBLIC DIPLOMACY VETERAN RETURNS TO EL SALVADOR: It is always good to see when the services of an experienced PD professional are appreciated. The best recent example of this is Secretary of State Blinken’s May 26, 2021 designation of Ambassador Jean Manes as Charge’ d’ affaires ad interim to the Republic of El Salvador. She…

head shot of Mike Anderson with Indonesian temple in background

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1.THE NOT-SO-OPEN “OPEN DOORS” REPORT:The new —  and always useful — Institute of International Education (IIE) annual report on international students is out with findings that are not surprising given the pandemic. Funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the latest Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange found that a “snapshot survey” last…