Judith McHale

The Department of State announced Tuesday the appointment of Dawn L. McCall, formerly a senior executive at Discovery Communications, as Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) within the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs:

(Tijana Milosevic, Public Policy Intern for the Public Diplomacy Council, compiled this report.)

The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy held a public meeting yesterday to discuss measurement tools used in the evaluation of U.S. government public diplomacy efforts.

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Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale was in Nairobi, Kenya, this week to announce the launch of a new competition called Apps4Africa, Computerworld Kenya reports: “The contest, which will run till end of August, challenges local coders and software developers to create software tools that will meet the needs of citizens across East Africa.”

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale welcomed the first group of International Fulbright Science and Technology Fellows—“the most prestigious grant offered through the Fulbright Program,” as she said—this past Tuesday in a reception at the Department of State:

A group of Russian high school basketball players arrived in Washington for the “first exchange under the bilateral presidential commission, a mechanism established by U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, during their summit in Moscow in July 2009,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. The 13-15 year old students were treated to a shootaround with President Obama on the White House basketball court.

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The Obama administration is “shifting the focus of public diplomacy efforts to play down” emphasis on violent extremism in order to avoid offending foreign audiences, the Washington Times reports:

As part of its ‘roadmap’ to strengthening U.S. public diplomacy, the State Department plans to create seven new senior positions, the Washington Times emphasized in its report of last week’s Senate hearing that featured testimony by four Under Secretaries of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (see Alliance report).

Four Under Secretaries of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs—three past and one current—gathered yesterday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss “the Future of U.S. Public Diplomacy.” The panelists testified in chronological order based on their tenures in office— former Under Secretaries Evelyn Lieberman (1999-2001), Karen Hughes (2005-07), and James Glassman (2008-09) spoke on the first panel, while current Under Secretary Judith McHale (2009-present) followed them as the sole voice on a second panel.

The Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs released yesterday its “roadmap for Public Diplomacy” in a document titled Public Diplomacy: Strengthening U.S. Engagement with the World. In it, the Under Secretary, Judith McHale, lays out five “strategic imperatives” for 21st century public diplomacy:

The Voice of America filed a report recently on Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale’s February trip to Bangladesh (covered previously by the Alliance).

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