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Anyone interested in public diplomacy should consider tuning in to our chat on how food can influence international relations this Friday. Info here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/117251618557616825467/events/cg03ngthne604esb1rjeqol5dh0
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Everybody eats. Food is one of the best mediums for communication across cultures, as it doesn’t require a new language or expensive travel to enjoy. Certain foods should also be considered a mass communication tool (think sushi)! Food is also a convener: think how much easier it is to bring a meeting together when food is made available, or how many great discussions you’ve had over a meal.

In this Google+ Hangout, we will hear from three panelists about how food is used in statecraft and diplomacy. Our v...ery own Mary Jo Pham (Pickering Fellow, 2010) will be moderating the discussion. The conversation will be streamed live over YouTube, and we will be taking questions via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/12bUOZ8

Here is the link to the live YouTube stream: http://youtu.be/dUBav12jb-w 

To send us a question on Twitter, mention us @PickeringWW

For Facebook, write on our event wall: https://www.facebook.com/events/253235668147585/
Edible Nation Branding
Fri, May 17, 2013, 3:30 PM

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Good afternoon. Here is the link to the live YouTube stream of our Google Hangout, "Edible Nation Branding": http://youtu.be/dUBav12jb-w 

We hope you'll join us at 3:30 for this informative event!
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Sounds like a great event, with what should be a good discussion! Are you in DC? Consider going and asking the kinds of great questions you asked at our Hangout on Monday.
 
Join us at IPDGC as our keynote speakers and a panel of experts weigh the impact of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment. What institutional changes took place? What new initiatives were launched? Did the U.S. effectively benefit from the “soft power” of Secretary Clinton’s long association with this issue? What has been the global impact? And what can we anticipate in the future?

Keynote speakers:

~ Melanne Verveer, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues

~ Don Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, USAID 

Event Details:

9:00am
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Amphitheater, 3rd Floor of the Marvin Center
800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Coffee Service
8:30 am
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Effective communication with citizens of foreign countries has taken on a new importance in US diplomacy in the age of online engagement. In this Google+ Hangout, we will hear from three panelists on what practical challenges future public diplomacy practioners will have to face and overcome. Afterward, we will have a Q+A session that we hope will spark a larger discussion.
 
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Y6nFeN
 
The link to the live YouTube stream will be posted here 15 minutes before the event. We look forward to the discussion!
 
To send us a question on Twitter, mention us @PickeringWW

For questions via Facebook, write on our event wall: https://www.facebook.com/events/437178526358674/

For questions via Google+, write on our event wall: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/117251618557616825467/events/c7igjv3tn684dtffprd17785qo8

Our panelists:
 
Guy Golan
Associate Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
 
Matthew Wallin
Senior Policy Analyst, American Security Project
 
Lynne Weil
Director of Communications and External Affairs, Broadcasting Board of Governors
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Best takeaways for me from the participants..."Get a backpack and go travel the world... get outside your comfort zone!" and "Whatever you do you want to do with passion. To make a difference you need energy, resilience and backbone!"
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We are excited to announce an upcoming Google Hangout discussion, The Practical Challenges for the Future of Public Diplomacy! We will be speaking with three great panelists and taking all of your questions. 

RSVP for the event here: http://bit.ly/Y6nFeN

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This great video produced by TCNJ Center for Global Engagement showcases 2012 Fellow Esther Tetruashvily and her route to the Pickering Fellowship, Harvard University, and the US Foreign Service!

Esther Tetruashvily: MyWay 2013
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In case you missed it, read about the about Secretary Kerry's release of the 2012 Human Rights Reports on DipNote:

"Human rights challenges are at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy concerns for a reason. Countries that respect the human rights of their citizens tend to be the most stable, and our most natural partners."

http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/sustained_commitment_human_rights
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Our Fellows are preparing to go on their summer internships! This photo is of Nathan Haft (Graduate Fellow, Cohort 14) spinning prayer wheels in Nepal's Tibetan community of Bouddha. Nathan spent his overseas internship at Embassy Kathmandu last summer.
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Miss our Hangout today on challenges in #publicdiplomacy? No worries! View our recording here: Practical Challenges for the Future of Public Diplomacy
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We are excited to announce an upcoming Google Hangout discussion, The Practical Challenges for the Future of Public Diplomacy! We will be speaking with three great panelists and taking all of your questions. 

RSVP for the event here: http://bit.ly/Y6nFeN

What do you think are some under analyzed topics in US diplomacy? 
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2011 Fellow Stephanie Oviedo will be interning in Rabat, Morocco this summer. As she prepares to ship off, she left us with some of her thoughts on spending a summer in Rabat:
 
"Morocco is a culturally rich country with a diversity of issues that will challenge me, but it is this very quality that makes me so excited to spend a summer working for Embassy Rabat. This summer you will probably see me working as much inside the Embassy as outside of it (especially when it comes to my French and Arabic). After all, there is no better way to learn about a country than to immerse yourself in it fully-- and that is exactly what I intend to do."
 
All the best, Stephanie! 

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Funded by the U.S. Department of State through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Programs provide financial and other support to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.

Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.