Philip Seib, professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, has written a review of Gregory M. Tomlin’s book Murrow’s Cold War: Public Diplomacy for the Kennedy Administration. The book focuses on the life and work of Edward R. Murrow, director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) under President John F. Kennedy. As one of the premier practitioners of what we today call public diplomacy, Murrow helped shape America’s image abroad in order to strengthen the U.S. position during the Cold War. Click here to read the entire review.
To read more of Seib's public diplomacy commentary, click here.
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."