On September 15-18, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund will hold Caspian Youth School in Astrakhan.
This project will bring together young professional from countries of the Caspian Sea Region to discuss current geopolitical environment in the Caspian Sea Region, burning issues of regional security, economic cooperation and public communications policy of the Caspian Sea Region states.
Lectures and open discussion with participation of well-known experts and invited guests as well as an interactive part, where the participants will be able to act as experts themselves, exchange ideas and develop specific proposals on different issues of key important to the Caspian Sea Region, are planned within the framework of the program.
Detailed information on how to become a participant of the School can be found here in Russian.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."