On May 5, Russian expert, Head of the Department of Political Analysis at the Faculty of Public Administration of Lomonosov Moscow State University Professor Alexander Solovyev (Doctor of Political Sciences) visited Tbilisi at the invitation of the Primakov Georgian-Russian Public Center and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.
Within the framework of the visit, the scientist held meetings with students of European University and the Academy of European Education. Topics of the discussion included political PR and methods of developing a public opinion. During his presentations, Alexander Solovyev told in detail about specific features of functioning of channels of political communications under modern conditions, methods of establishing a public opinion, marketing and non-marketing technologies, and hybrid wars.
After the presentation, the meeting continued in the format of a Q&A session. The students were especially interested in peculiarities of the Soviet propaganda and modern PR-technologies used by Russia.
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."