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About Charlie

Over the course of his career, Charles J. Brown has traveled to somewhere between thirty and forty countries, in the process getting arrested, bombed, shot at, followed, strip-searched, and declared persona non grata.  He has been warned not to return to Sudan because a fatwa had been issued in his name; mistaken for a sitting U.S. Senator during a visit to Pakistan; described on the front page of Granma (the Cuban Communist Party newspaper) as “a creative fiction made up by diseased gusano minds;” and offered his choice of wives.

Having tired of such a glamorous life, Charlie now serves as editor and publisher of Undiplomatic, a blog dedicated to covering the intersection of diplomacy, global issues, U.S. politics, and pop culture. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Law and Human Rights, as well as Managing Partner of Occam Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in NGO management. It’s a good thing he decided in late 2007 to take a break from a “real job” in order to spend time with his wife (whom he met on his own, thank you very much) and daughter.

In the past, Charlie served as President and CEO of Citizens for Global Solutions; Deputy Executive Director for Action at Amnesty International USA; Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and External Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the U.S. Department of State; and in a variety of roles at Freedom House.

During his time at the State Department, Charlie also served as spokesperson for U.S. Delegations to the Rome Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and the Warsaw Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies. He has served on NGO delegations to the Santiago Ministerial of the Community of Democracies, the UN Commission on Human Rights, and the World Conference on Human Rights.

In 2004, Charlie served as co-director of the human rights, democracy, and development policy team for the Kerry-Edwards campaign and is currently an unpaid policy advisor on these issues to the Obama campaign. He is co-author of The Politics of Psychiatry in Revolutionary Cuba (1991), and co-editor of Judges and Journalists in Transitional Democracies (1997), as well as numerous articles, opinion pieces, and blog posts. He has testified before Congress and speaks regularly before university, professional, activist and community audiences across the United States and beyond.


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  1. 1 On July 13th, 2008, Paul Kratochwill said:

    While I think I see the C. Brown I knew at Kalamazoo College, the beard is sort of throwing off my senses. Charlie, is that you?


  2. 2 On July 25th, 2008, Lodge said:

    A blog by featuring diplomacy–by Charles Brown?–THANK YOU.
    I’ll be reading daily.

  3. 3 On August 3rd, 2008, jmm said:

    Like you expressed in an earlier post, I’m worried about Obama peaking too early. But, just to keep things positive:


  4. 4 On August 19th, 2008, wrensis said:

    What happened to Just Peace Now and Laura?

  5. 5 On September 7th, 2008, Bishwa said:

    Is that really you? Profile sounds familiar but you look so different. When is the last time we met? AI corridor long time ago. When did we talk over that phone last time? Three years ago? May be it is time we re-connect and reconnect with Bhutanese issue. After all you did so much for the Bhutanese people.
    I know you are busy.

    See you.

    Bhutanese activist in the US soil.
    703 608 9412

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