Performance art persists beyond the stage. (Image credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr)

Performance art persists beyond the stage. (Image credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr)

Performance art persists beyond the stage. (Image credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr)

After a month filled with theatre, British Council USA director Paul Smith notices the performances around him every day, at the US presidential inauguration and even in the office.

Faisal with his students in Pakistan.

Faisal with his students in Pakistan.

Faisal with his students in Pakistan.

Paul Smith, Director of the British Council USA, explains why we're partnering with Microsoft and Global Giving in the USA to support Pakistani social entrepreneurs and inaugurate a new tradition: #GivingTuesday.

American flag (Image credit: buggolo via Flickr Creative Commons)

American flag (Image credit: buggolo via Flickr Creative Commons)

American flag (Image credit: buggolo via Flickr Creative Commons)

Paul Smith, who is director of the British Council USA, writes about his first impressions of the United States on the day of the presidential election.

Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. Photo by: 401st_AFSB (Flickr, creative commons)

Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. Photo by: 401st_AFSB (Flickr, creative commons)

Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. Photo by: 401st_AFSB (Flickr, creative commons)

British Council Afghanistan director Paul Smith blogs about the process of transition taking place in Afghanistan and how the British Council is helping to develop the next generation of Afghan leaders through a range of programmes, projects and cultural exchange.

Pupils from Mariam Girls High School in Kabul

Pupils from Mariam Girls High School in Kabul

Pupils from Mariam Girls High School in Kabul

Paul Smith blogs about the educational opportunities that Afghanistan now offers young people, the determination to raise international awareness amongst its students and to pioneer concepts of global citizenship.