The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) is a leading organization in the field of public diplomacy and global communication. Based at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and jointly administered out of the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Institute provides a forum for faculty, students, and working professionals on global issues in the following areas:

  • Interactions between new media, national security, and public diplomacy
  • U.S. foreign policy priorities in the developing world
  • Challenges to whole-of-government public diplomacy and strategic communication
  • Global perspectives and approaches to public diplomacy
  • Gender issues in security, communication, and diplomacy

Some of our activities include speaker and panel events; media training workshops for international delegations; and graduate scholarships, all of which promote the greater understanding and practice of public diplomacy, or the relationship between governments and foreign publics.


In 2001, the Public Diplomacy Foundation (later the Public Diplomacy Council) joined with The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and Elliott School of International Affairs to establish the Public Diplomacy Institute. In 2005, through the generous support of the Walter Roberts Endowment, the institute was renamed the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC). The Endowment was established in honor of the late diplomat and celebrated public diplomacy practitioner, Dr. Walter R. Roberts.  

Meet the Director

Janet Steele

Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

A professor of journalism at the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, Janet Steele took over the directorship of IPDGC in Fall 2016. Prof. Steele’s research focuses on media in Southeast Asia and the developing world, with a focus on Muslim majority countries. A recipient of two Fulbright teaching and research grants, Prof. Steele has also served as a U.S. State Department specialist in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, the Philippines, East Timor, Taiwan, Burma, Sudan, Egypt, India and Bangladesh.

Prof. Steele has authored several books – Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto’s Indonesia (focused on Tempo magazine and its relationship to the politics and culture of New Order Indonesia), Email Dari Amerika (a collection of newspaper columns for Indonesian newspaper Surya), and her most recent book, Mediating Islam, Cosmopolitan Journalisms in Muslim Southeast Asia (an examination of the professional practices of Muslim journalists).

Emilia A. Puma

Public Diplomacy Fellow


U.S. Deputy Asst. Secretary Emilia Puma, center, welcoming Fellows from the Rumsfeld Foundation to the U.S. State Department for dialogue and exchange of ideas to build stronger relations between the US and the Central Asia Caucasus region.

Emilia A. Puma is a 28-year veteran of the U.S. foreign service.  She holds the rank of Minister Counselor.  Ms. Puma began her career in the former United States Information Agency (USIA), where she held positions in Public Diplomacy offices in New Delhi, India; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Calcutta, India; and Bridgetown, Barbados.

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Yvonne Oh

Program Coordinator










Yvonne Oh joined IPDGC as the Program Coordinator in 2018. As a former public affairs specialist with the U.S. State Department in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she strongly supports efforts that help the development of civil society and democratic practices. A strong believer in the important role journalists play in the positive growth of communities, she ardently supports the freedom of the press.

At IPDGC, she coordinates programs and events, develops outreach efforts, manages the institute’s online presence, and provides support for both the institute and the Global Communications Master’s program..

Get In Touch with IPDGC

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