Image from, with caption: Former Obama White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest talks to an Emirati man at the Public Diplomacy & Government Communication Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 12, 2017.
Published on Mar 17, 2017
(12 Mar 2017) A former White House spokesman during the Obama administration said on Sunday governments need to make sure citizens are able gauge the effectiveness of their policies if they want to build confidence.
Josh Earnest was in Dubai to attend the government-sponsored Public Diplomacy and Government Communication Forum.
While in Dubai, he also said he believes more will come to light regarding ties between Russia and aides to President Donald Trump.
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."