Global Tipping Points with Katherine Brown:
The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan
Global Tipping Points
A three-part series on today’s global challenges
Tuesday, April 9th, 6 PM-7:15 PM
WACNH Members, Fulbright Members, UNH Students and Staff- Free
General Public- $10
Katherine Brown will be talking about the power of the US News Media to engage in informal diplomacy through their reporting. Based on extensive interviews, over the course of 8 years, her research shows how US media has shaped perceptions about the war in Afghanistan to people within and outside the country. Also, she will discuss how US media has shaped the relationship between the two countries since the 2001 invasion and overthrow of the Taliban government.
About Your Country, Our War:The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan
Release Date: March 2019
Journalists are actors in international relations, mediating communications between governments and publics, but also between the administrations of different countries. American and foreign officials simultaneously consume the work of U.S. journalists and use it in their own thinking about how to conduct their work. As such, journalists play an unofficial diplomatic role. However, the U.S. news media largely amplifies American power. Instead of stimulating greater understanding, the U.S. elite, mainstream press can often widen mistrust as they promote an American worldview and, with the exception of some outliers, reduce the world into a tight security frame in which the U.S. is the hegemon. This has been the case in Afghanistan since 2001, particularly as emerging Afghan journalists have relied significantly on U.S. and other Western news outlets to report events within their government and their country.
Based on eight years of interviews in Kabul, Washington, and New York, Your Country, Our War demonstrates how news has intersected with international politics during the War in Afghanistan and shows the global power and reach of the U.S. news media, especially within the context of the post-9/11 era. It reviews the trajectory of the U.S. news narrative about Afghanistan and America’s never-ending war, and the rise of Afghan journalism, from 2001 to 2017. The book also examines the impact of the American news media inside a war theater. It examines how U.S. journalists affected the U.S.-Afghan relationship and chronicles their contribution to the rapid development of a community of Afghan journalists who grappled daily with how to define themselves and their country during a tumultuous and uneven transition from fundamentalist to democratic rule. Providing rich detail about the U.S.-Afghan relationship, especially former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai’s convictions about the role of the Western press, we begin to understand how journalists are not merely observers to a story; they are participants in it.
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About Katherine Brown
Katherine Brown, Ph.D., assumed leadership of Global Ties U.S. on April 9, 2018.
Katherine brings a wealth of experience from the media, nonprofit, and academic sectors, as well as the U.S. government. She is highly regarded in the international affairs and public diplomacy arena as a strategic, forward-thinking leader.
From 2013-2016, Katherine Brown served as Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a body authorized by Congress to oversee and promote U.S. government activities that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. Most recently, she was a Public Policy Manager at Facebook, Inc. where she was also in residence as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.
Previously, she held numerous roles in government, including assistant to the White House national security adviser; communications adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul; and professional staff member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Katherine also served on the boards of the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and the Global Ties Foundation. She is a non-resident senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University.
She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in communications from Columbia University and B.A. from the George Washington University.
Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester’s homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs.