The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has brought a group of journalists from 7 countries as part of its public diplomacy to project Bangladesh to the world. The 13 journalists from Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain, Australia, Egypt, India and Qatar have come as part of the ‘Visit Bangladesh Programme’ of the government. The journalists attend Pahela Baishakh (Bengali New Year) celebrations in Dhaka on Thursday. They had met State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Wednesday. During the trip, they will see Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and Liberation War Museum, and will also visit the Sundarbans. During Wednesday’s meeting, the state minister briefed them on Bangladesh’s history, its Liberation War, its socio-economic development, women’s empowerment and Prime Minister’s Vision 2021, among other things. He replied to their queries and urged them to portray a positive Bangladesh, according to a news agency. -bz
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."