MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Attempts to satisfy someone’s geopolitical ambitions are inappropriate in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization banned in Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
"Plans to create some kind of safe havens, fence oneself off from troubled neighbors do not work. The importance of putting all secondary issues aside and focusing on the fight against terrorism is absolutely obvious for us," Lavrov told the meeting with participants in the program of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund "Dialogue for the Future." "This is a common threat for all countries without exception especially when such sinister group as IS emerged threatening in fact the entire human civilization," the foreign minister noted. ...
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."