On 15 March 2017 Ambassador Libor Sečka with his wife Sabrina went to Somerset, to pay a visit to Mrs. Anna Allott, a 86-year-old British lady with a very close relationship to the Czech Republic.
Mrs. Allott had a Czech mother who was, during the Second World War, assigned by the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia to the Embassy of the Czechoslovak Republic in London with a mandate to represent and promote her native country in the UK. Mrs. Allott had many valuable historical materials, books and photographs from that time, which she has now decided to donate to the Czech Embassy in the UK. Ambassador Sečka cordially thanked Mrs Allott and assured her that the Czech Embassy very much appreciates all the materials provided and that they will be carefully cherished and used for the Embassy´s diplomatic goals with dignity and pride.
At the end of the meeting Ambassador Sečka and his wife thanked Mrs. Allot for the very warm welcome to her house and the fascinating talk they had and wished her good health and strength in the coming years.
Ambassador Libor Sečka with Mrs. Anna Allott in her house in Somerset
Part of the donated materials, books and photographs
Mrs. Sabrina Sečková with Mrs. Anna Allott looking over the historical materials from her Czech mother
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."