David Ensor has been named executive vice president for external relations at the Atlantic Council, an international relations focused think tank.
“Few people have David’s global management and front-line experience,” said president and CEO Frederick Kempe in a statement. That experience bridges the worlds of media, foreign policy and business. Prior to joining Voice of America as its director, overseeing the organization through a period of strong audience growth before resigning in the spring of 2015, Ensor worked at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan as the director of communications and public diplomacy. Before that, he had been a correspondent for CNN, ABC News and NPR, working out of various countries.
Ensor comes to the Atlantic Council from the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, where he was a fall 2015 fellow.
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."