The ongoing public diplomacy efforts aimed to promote the positive outcomes of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) are serving the intended purposes.
So said Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairperson of the National Council for the Co-ordination of_Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Ethiopian_Renaissance Dam.
In an interview with the Ethiopian Press Agency in connection with GERD commencement 6th anniversary, the deputy premier noted as the visits of public diplomacy delegations of Ethiopia helped clear previously held doubts.
He added that the delegation, which set foot in Khartoum and Cairo at various times, had fruitful discussion with stakeholders in each countries.
He said: "Ample supports have been gained from Sudanese side toward GERD while the awareness of Egyptian raised considerably due to the effort."
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" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). 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."