Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication


August 11, 2014

IPDGC welcomes new Public Diplomacy Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year

Each year, IPDGC hosts a senior-level officer of the U.S. Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Fellow to teach an undergraduate course in public diplomacy and serve as a resource for all students and faculty at GW interested in public diplomacy and global communication. This year, we welcome Patricia Kabra, a Senior Foreign Service Officer who arrives with extensive experience in conducting public diplomacy and service at various U.S. embassies in the Middle East. We look forward to working with her and the U.S. State Department once more on this important initiative for IPDGC and the university!


May 16, 2014

IPDGC releases special report by Bruce Gregory, "The Paradox of U.S. Public Diplomacy: Its Rise and 'Demise'"

In the first of a new series of special reports, IPDGC released "The Paradox of U.S. Public Diplomacy: Its Rise and 'Demise'" by adjunct professor of public diplomacy, Bruce Gregory. In a 22-page report, now available for download, Gregory examines transformational changes in diplomacy's 21st century context of permeable borders and power diffusion; new diplomatic actors and issues; digital technologies and social media; and whole of government diplomacy. Click to learn more and download the full report.


Jan. 13, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Walter Roberts Award for Public Diplomacy Studies

The Master of Arts in Global Communication program at GWU, the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, and the Walter Roberts Endowment are now accepting applications for the 2014 Walter Roberts Award for Public Diplomacy Studies. Graduate students who are in their graduating year and have taken courses in public diplomacy are encouraged to apply. First place will receive $1,000, with the potential for a second place of $500.

Additional information about the award can be found here [PDF].

Students interested in applying should download and fill out the application which will ask for basic biographical information and the following:

  • Degree Program
  • Area of Concentration
  • GPA (overall and within concentration)
  • Public Diplomacy Courses taken and grades received
  • Other PD-related courses and grades received
  • PD-related work experience
  • Short essay (750 words max) describing the applicant's interest and experience in public diplomacy, and career goals.

Download the application here.

Applications are due February 24, 2014. Please send all application material to



IPDGC partners with USIP to produce event on Syria

Groundtruth: New Media, Technology, and the Syrian Crisis took place Tuesday, October 3rd, at the United States Institute of Peace. Three panels addressed the ongoing conflict from the perspective of the activists and the regime, the reporters following the crisis, and the decision makers who interpret this information to craft U.S. Policy.

"The Last Three Feet" published as a book

From the back cover: "Case studies in the current practice of public diplomacy written by contemporary practitioners constitute a unique resource for scholars, students, working public diplomats and others with an interest in how policy relates to action in an overseas environment." The book was made possible by our colleagues over at the Public Diplomacy Council. For more details, visit Amazon.

IPDGC welcomes visiting scholar Dr. Abdul Hakim Asher

Dr. Asher is the Director of the Government Media and Information Centre for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. During his time at GW he will work on an upcoming book, participate in school events, and connect with scholars and students through informal brown bag lunches. Dr. Asher will stay at the George Washington University until May 2013.

Former IPDGC fellow appointed as Ambassador to Equitorial Guinea

On June 29, the Senate confirmed former IPDGC Public Diplomacy fellow Mark Asquino as the newest Ambassador to Equitorial Guinea.

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