We are honored to welcome visiting Senior Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, Jonathan Henick, who will present about digital diplomacy.
As information communication technologies have expanded over the decades, the field of diplomacy has changed with them as well. Digital diplomacy has emerged as an incredible tool in public diplomacy, allowing nations to engage directly with foreign publics in ways never imagined before. Whether it’s corresponding via Twitter or Facebook or participating in live video stream events, digital diplomacy is critical to the success of longterm relations between nations.
As Principal Deputy Coordinator for International Information Programs in Washington, D.C., Jonathan Henick is one of the leading diplomats in the U.S. Department of State that oversees innovative ways to expand digital diplomacy between countries. He served previously as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director for Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs, where he was responsible for the conduct of U.S. public diplomacy in 13 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. He has also served overseas as the Counselor for Public Affairs in Turkey and was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Timor-Leste. Originally from New York, he speaks Russian, Portuguese, Turkish and Azerbaijani, and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai’i and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Join us for a unique and fascinating opportunity to meet a member of Senior Foreign Service and learn much more about the current state of U.S. diplomacy.
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."