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Honoring Public Diplomacy
Practitioners
Public diplomacy, when done right,
combines leadership, imagination, re-
sourcefulness and plain determina-
tion, often under challenging condi-
tions. The Public Diplomacy Alumni
Association (formerly the USIA Alum-
ni Association) recognizes outstanding
achievement by individuals and teams,
both at overseas posts and at State De-
partment headquarters, who display
these qualities.
This year’s awardees were honored
at PDAA’s 2011 annual dinner (the 14th
such celebration) on May 15 in Arling-
ton, Va. They are:
Christopher Teal
, the public af-
fairs officer and deputy consul general
at Consulate General Guadalajara, was
hailed for his “dedication, vision and
leadership in creating ‘Cobertura Se-
gura’ (Secure Coverage) to train and
support Mexican journalists in a high-
risk reporting environment.”
In 2010 alone, at least 12 newspeo-
ple were killed in Mexico. Recogniz-
ing that, out of fear, Mexican media
were underreporting on drug cartels
and thus failing to inform the public of
the threats to Mexico’s security, Teal
developed a pioneering program to
help protect the lives of journalists
and, in turn, to better inform the Mex-
ican people.
Teal worked with the University of
Guadalajara and nongovernmental or-
ganizations to develop online programs
to train journalists in developing
sources, covering dangerous stories
and getting them out to an audience
while maintaining their own security.
He worked with participating reporters
to create their own network of print,
online, bloggers, radio and TV broad-
cast journalists, and an electronic
“guidebook” that has become an im-
portant tool throughout the hemi-
sphere. Teal also secured funding and
support from other government agen-
cies and NGOs to expand the program
and to refine the material.
Joann Lockard
, the public affairs
officer in Kampala, was saluted for her
“leadership and creativity in designing
and implementing an interagency pub-
lic affairs effort that improved the lives
of Ugandans across sectors and in-
creased awareness of and receptivity to
the U.S.” Recognizing the need for co-
ordinated, innovative and collaborative
public diplomacy, she developed a plan,
assembled a team and introduced new
technologies to realize her vision of
“One Mission, One Voice.”
Lockard’s “Uganda Model” was a
multiagency effort consisting of an
array of programs to reach youth,
women, andMuslim communities, and
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YBERNOTES
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s I said to Prime Minister Netanyahu, I believe that the current situation
in the Middle East does not allow for procrastination. I also believe
that real friends talk openly and honestly with one another.
So I want to share with you some of what I said to the prime minister.
Here are the facts we all must confront. First, the number of Palestinians
living west of the Jordan River is growing rapidly and fundamentally
reshaping the demographic realities of both Israel and the Palestinian
Territories. This will make it harder and harder, without a peace deal,
to maintain Israel as both a Jewish state and a democratic state.
Second, technology will make it harder for Israel to defend itself in the
absence of a genuine peace. Third, a new generation of Arabs is reshaping
the region. A just and lasting peace can no longer be forged with one or
two Arab leaders. Going forward, millions of Arab citizens have to see that
peace is possible for that peace to be sustained.
— President Barack Obama, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee
(www.aipac.org)
in Washington, D.C., May 22.