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The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD) will hold a virtual public meeting from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2021, focused on the U.S. Agency for Global Media and the future of public-funded international broadcasting.

Following an overview of USAGM’s strategic priorities by USAGM Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Powers, a panel of experts will address current and forthcoming challenges and opportunities for the agency.

This panel includes Michael McFaul, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University; Sarah Arkin, Policy Director/Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Helle Dale, Senior Fellow in Public Diplomacy at The Heritage Foundation.

This meeting is open to the public, Members and staff of Congress, U.S. government agencies, the media, and non-governmental organizations. To obtain the web conference link and password please register. Attendees should plan to enter the web conference waiting room by 11:50 a.m. to allow for a prompt start.

The ACPD is a bipartisan panel created by Congress in 1948 to appraise U.S. government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. The Commission conducts research that provides honest assessments of public diplomacy efforts, and disseminates findings through reports, white papers, and other publications. It also holds public symposia that generate informed discussions on public diplomacy issues and events. The Commission reports to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress.

For more information on the ACPD or the upcoming public meeting, please contact Executive Director Vivian S. Walker at or Senior Advisor Deneyse Kirkpatrick at, or please visit

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