Incumbent is the local staff coordinator for all speaker programs and advisor to the Cultural Affairs Officer and Public Affairs Officer on the development of strategic country-wide outreach to Israeli thought leaders and institutions. Incumbent develops strategies and tactics that promote mutual understanding and a greater appreciation of our foreign policy, democracy, society and values and serves as the responsible local staff member for developing and implementing outreach to top-level academics, university audiences, think tanks, policy advisors and opinion leaders. Key areas include, International Affairs, Foreign Policy, Conflict Resolution, Regional Security issues, American Studies, Countering Violent Extremism and Counter-terrorism. Incumbent is the point of contact for Israeli government ministries and offices dealing with defense and national security issues. Under the supervision of the Cultural Affairs Officer, incumbent is the section point person for people-to-people projects requiring the highest level of independent judgment and coordination.
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“I really am so very proud to be on line with your service and networking...you certainly have helped me” (Gilgi, Kfar Vradim)
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." 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."