In continuation of the Mission’s Education and Public Diplomacy endeavours, the Embassy organized an interactive session with the Pakistani Academic Community in Japan led by Pakistan Students Association Japan (PSAJ). Over 40 Pakistani academics, intelligentsia, scholars, researchers, students who are presently pursuing research and higher studies in different disciplines in Japan participated in the event, says a press release received here today from Tokyo.
Ambassador Farukh Amil appreciated the excellent work being done by Pakistan academics in Japan and urged them to rededicate themselves for the scientific and technical uplift of Pakistan. He underscored that it was extremely important to establish and strengthen close linkages between the universities, faculties and students of Japan and Pakistan. Appreciating their positive role the Ambassador emphasized that they could contribute immensely in image building and creating a bridge between people of the two countries.
The Ambassador especially underscored the grave human rights violations in IOK. He stressed that for students, researchers and citizens of Pakistan to go about their daily lives they must not forget sacrifices of the armed forces of Pakistan. Underlining the importance of an active and equal participation of women in all fields of life he stated that their role and contribution was significant to realize the dream of an educated, modern, democratic and knowledge driven Pakistan as envisioned by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Following a lively discussion on a wide range of interesting areas the event concluded after an interactive session over lunch.
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."