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Take Five is the official blog of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The blog serves as a platform for academics, practitioners and young professionals of public diplomacy to express their views and contribute to the greater discussion of public diplomacy as it relates to soft power, global issues, international politics and policy.

Where does the name “Take Five” come from?220px-Dave_Brubeck_Notes

“Take Five” can be understood in two contexts: one, for readers to take a break from their day to read this blog, and two, in reference to one of America’s pioneering public diplomacy initiatives, jazz diplomacy.

In 1959, jazz musician Dave Brubeck released the song, “Take Five,” from the now-classic album Time Out. Subsequently, he and his quartet were pegged to join the State Department’s Jazz Diplomacy initiative during the early days of the Cold War. The initiative consisted of tours and performances around the world, and included the renown jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong, to share America’s home-grown music abroad. In 2008, Brubeck received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy from Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

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