How can new media be harnessed around the world to shape preferences, opinions, and allegiances? What role does our generation play in interacting with states, be they foreign or our own?
Who is the focus of diplomacy? States, non-state actors―the public? Is it possible to win a conflict not just on military might, but also with ideas? As Joseph Nye defines it, “smart power.”
These are but some of the questions this discussion aims to answer.
The United States was, and continues to be, a pioneer in the field of public diplomacy, working to establish direct communication with populations around the world, in addition to their governments.
Join Kay Mayfield, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, for a critical discussion on public diplomacy and its relevance today.
Light refreshments will be served.
This event is presented by Diplomats on Campus and the IR Society. The event is free.
Kay Webb Mayfield is a public diplomacy officer and a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. She served most recently in Washington, D.C., as Deputy Director of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources. Her overseas assignments include Pakistan, Guatemala, Taiwan, and Nigeria in public diplomacy positions. In Washington, she has served in the Executive Secretariat, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, in addition to a previous tour as a Career Development Officer in HR/CDA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and a master’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She is married to Mark Mayfield, a consular officer and member of the Senior Foreign Service. She sits on the Board of Fulbright Canada.
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."