Shoulder-length hair on a male public diplomacy officer?
User: Public Diplomacy To Be! (I Hop Date: 10/14/2015 12:08 pm
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I recently took the FSOT and think I did well, which has me reflecting on steps further down the line. I am a male in my late 20s with neat, shoulder-length blond hair that I wear tied back in a ponytail (or, when it gets a little bit longer than shoulder length, in a bun at the base of my neck).
Would this be a problem for a public diplomacy officer? I've heard of males in the Foreign Service having longer hair but figured public diplomacy officers might be more visible.
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."