Local residents hold Ukrainian and Crimean Tatars flags in the village of Chongar, Ukraine, on Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
Project launched to raise awareness of Crimea's indigenous people among western audience
The Estonian government has allocated EUR 105,000 for the project titled 'Protection of Crimean Tatar rights through public diplomacy', according to Oliver Loode, Vice Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indegenous Issues in an interview.
Loode said the project, aimed at raising awareness about the Crimean Tatar issue among the western audience, was developed by the Estonian Institute of Human Rights. Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian presidential envoy for Crimean Tatar People's affairs Mustafa Dzhemilev has said that since the beginning of the Russian annexation of Crimea, at least 10,000 Crimean Tatars have fled Crimea. As many as 15,000 Tatars are thought to have fled the occupied peninsula over the last two years.
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."