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Bruce Gregory headshot with white backgroundIPDGC is proud to announce the 100th Issue of Bruce Gregory‘s collection of resources on public diplomacy (PD) and related subjects. First published in June 2002, Gregory’s list is an annotated bibliography of readings and other materials intended for teachers, students, and PD practitioners.

Gregory taught classes on public diplomacy, media and global affairs as an adjunct professor in the Global Communication MA program, at the Elliott School of International Affairs and School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University (2002-2017). He is also the former director of IPDGC (2005-2008) and a former member of the Walter Roberts Endowment committee (2006-2018).

Read the list here.

On Friday, March 6, IPDGC was honored to be able to recognize the awardees of the 2020 Secretary of State International Women of Courage (IWOC) award at George Washington University.

Together with the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA), IPDGC hosted the event which included a panel discussion with three of the 2020 IWOC awardees.

IPDGC Director Janet Steele warmly welcomed and introduced the 12 awardees to a room filled with students, faculty, and invited guests.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Steele explained that the IWOC award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social progress, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide.

She noted the IWOC awardees had inspiring stories to share, “(and) that I hope we can take away from meeting them today, is that none of them set out to be heroes – but when they saw that something was wrong, they stepped up, they acted, and they did what they could to bring about change”.

Following the official award ceremony and meetings in Washington, D.C., the IWOC awardees embark on an International Visitor Leadership Program to visit American organizations and businesses and collaborate with their leadership on strategies and ideas to empower women both in the United States and abroad.

Watch the event here:

Opening Remarks

IPDGC Director, Janet Steele, gives opening remarks at the 2020 IWOC event.


Panel with 2020 IWOC awardees.

IWOC awardee Amaya Coppens

Amaya Coppens from Nicaragua talking about her activism.

Roses for the IWOC attendees

IWOC recipient Amina Khoulani (Syria) giving her fellow awardees roses at the start of the event.


Deadline Extended to Friday, March 6 (12pm ET)

Since 2011, the Walter Robert Endowment has awarded the Walter Roberts Public Diplomacy Studies Award to a graduating student from the Master’s programs at the GW Elliott School of International Affairs, for academic excellence and professional aspirations in public diplomacy. The Award is recognized at the Commencement ceremony of the Elliott School and offers a $1000 prize to the successful student.

Eligibility and application details:

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time second-year students in graduate programs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and have taken a PD class.

Applicants will have to provide:

1) A resume

2) A 500-word essay on your goals for pursuing further studies or careers based on your PD courses

3) A one-paragraph letter of support from a GWU professor

Deadline for submission is Monday, March 2 (9am ET)

The deadline has been extended to Friday, March 6 (12pm ET)

All submissions to be sent to with the subject line “PD Studies Award 2020”.

On Thursday, January 30, eminent scholar of international relations and political scientist Dr. Joseph S. Nye delivered the keynote address for the 2020 Walter Roberts Annual Lecture at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Relations. Dr. Nye spoke on the topic of his latest book, “Do Morals Matter: Presidents and Foreign Policy.”

The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) Director Janet Steele had noted in her introduction, “It is highly fitting that Professor Nye be the speaker at an annual lecture series that honors the memory of Walter R. Roberts... (who) throughout his 42-year career, was dedicated to the advancement of public diplomacy.”

In addressing the audience at the Walter Roberts Lecture, Nye suggested that they consider evaluating presidential decision-making along three ethical dimensions: intentions, means, and consequences. Nye spoke on how presidents, from World War II to the current day, were not fully constrained by the structure of the system and were able to consider choices for action – or non-action.

Hard power works pretty quickly. Soft power takes a long time – Joseph S. Nye

Later in a discussion moderated by Tara Sonenshine, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Nye fielded a variety of questions from the audience; ranging from the current U.S. global role to Russian soft diplomacy – “there’s not much of it.”

The Walter R. Roberts Endowment, which supports the Annual Lecture, was created by the Roberts family and housed at the George Washington University, has hosted annual lectures with prominent foreign policy figures since 2011.

The video of the 2020 Walter Roberts Annual Lecture will be shared on the IPDGC website soon. Please contact for more information.

In this episode of PDx, we interview Chris Wurst, the director of the Collaboratory at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. State Department.

Chris also founded the 22.33 podcast which features first-person narratives and anecdotes from people who have been involved with ECA exchange programs. The first season launched on January 2019.

Each week, 22.33 brings tales of people finding their way in new surroundings. With a combination of survival, empathy, and humor, ECA’s innovative podcast series delivers unforgettable travel stories from people whose lives were changed by international exchange.

Listen to the PDx interview with Chris Wurst here.


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