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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 supposedly 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 invented by diseased gusano minds;” and, during a visit to Nepal, offered his choice of wives.

Charlie is currently on government service leave from the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. In the past, he 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.  In 2008, he served as an unpaid policy advisor 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 is married (to a lovely woman he met on his own, thank you very much), and has two daughters.


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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

  6. 6 On October 3rd, 2008, Agatha said:

    Great blog. The article on the Bush administration’s move toward a theory of unitary executive sounds like an interesting topic for a research paper or dissertation. I look forward to reading more.

  7. 7 On October 9th, 2008, GJ said:

    The blog is appropriately titled, as it has nothing to do with diplomacy and everything to do with plain old partisan politics.

    I also notice that you only publish comments that are supportive, not critical, of the blog (I submitted two yesterday that were substantive, neither were published). And I also know you won’t publish this one, either. But at least I know you’re reading it, and can compare your funny stormtroopers fascist post to your own party-line-no-dissent-tolerated blog…

  8. 8 On October 9th, 2008, GJ said:

    Well, I have to give you credit, you did post it!

  9. 9 On June 5th, 2009, Dhananjaya said:

    Hi Charlie, is this really you - the one I met at Freedom House in 1995? You have really changed a lot. I have been looking for your contacts for decades. Finally I found you today.
    Your blog looks great. I will have a serious look at it and come back to you with my comments soon.
    We may again engage in some serious work on the issues of human rights and good governance in South Asia. I know that we lost an early opportunity. But the present situation n the country demands more serious engagements. Pl write to me when the time permits you to..

    Best wishes from Sri Lanka

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