US Condemnation of Uganda's Anti-Homosexual Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 18 -- Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, met with representatives from human rights, think tanks, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organizations for a discussion of Uganda’s anti-homosexual legislation.
Diplomat on the Road in California
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, Dec. 15 -- Hometown Diplomat Kristin Gilmore visited Los Amigos High School and addressed 30 students from an advanced placement U.S. Government class about her experiences during her first tour as Vice Consul at the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia. Ms. Gilmore also discussed the broader picture of the work of the Department and future career opportunities. Students were motivated by her remarks and welcomed the opportunity for her to visit again.
A native of Garden Grove, California, Ms. Gilmore joined the Foreign Service in April 2007. She is currently serving as Vice Consul at the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia
Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Visits Brookings on Human Rights Day
WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 10 -- To mark Human Rights Day, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer engaged 17 Washington area human rights experts at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Brookings Institute. She discussed U.S. multilateral human rights initiatives, elaborating on the United States’ vision for the Human Rights Council, how the US intends to work more constructively and purposefully with member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and how human rights priorities are being more systematically incorporated into UN peace operations and post-conflict activities.
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Hometown Diplomat Visits California, Discusses First FSO Tour
CALIFORNIA, Dec. 3-4 -- Hometown Diplomat Kristin Gilmore visited Los Alamitos High School (Garden Grove, CA) and Tustin High School (Tustin, CA) and addressed over 300 students on the work of the U.S. Department of State and her experiences abroad helping American citizens in emergencies and preparing for presidential and secretarial trips to the US Embassy in Liberia. Her presentation was recorded by a local TV network and will air on Garden Grove TV this week.
Ms. Gilmore is a native of Garden Grove, California and an alumna of Los Alamitos High School (1998). She joined the Foreign Service in April 2007. She is currently serving as the Vice Consul at the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia.
Knight Center for Specialized Journalism Visits the State Department
WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 3 -– A group of editorial and opinion writers from the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism visited the State Department. They met with Department spokesman Ian Kelly to discuss Smart Power, and with Walter Douglas, from the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, to discuss the Obama Administration’s approach to public diplomacy.
The visit to the State Department was part of a four-day professional seminar entitled “Challenges in Foreign Policy – and a Changing Media World” sponsored by the Knight Center at the University of Maryland. The group included news writers, bloggers, and Humphrey Fellows from various foreign news publications.
Hometown Diplomat Visits Former High School, Discusses Working Abroad
MORAGA, CA, Dec. 3 -- Hometown Diplomat Ari Nathan visited his former high school, Campolindo High School. Addressing an audience of 120 students he shared information about the mission and work of the State Department and how that fits into his career experiences in Mexico, Colombia, and nation-building in Iraq.
Mr. Nathan joined the Foreign Service in 2003. He served for two years as Vice Consul in Tijuana, Mexico followed by two years as a Political and Economic officer in Bogota, Colombia. He is currently working as an Economic Officer in a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq and will be moving to Madrid, Spain to accept a post as the Environment, Science, and Technology officer in late December 2009. A California native, Mr. Nathan graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981 and from the University of Southern California’s School of Law in 1985.
USUN Rep. Travels to California, Discusses New Approach to the United Nations
LOS ANGELES, CA, Dec. 2-3 -- Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Alejandro Wolff delivered remarks at the 2 nd Annual West Coast Global Forum Luncheon hosted by the UN Association's Southern California Division. While in California, Ambassador Wolff met with a group of 14 members of the Council of Foreign Relations from the Los Angeles area. He also addressed faculty and students at an event hosted by the University of California in Los Angeles' Burkle School of International Relations and the School of Law followed by a luncheon with the representatives of both schools.
Ambassador Wolff joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 1979. His assignments in Washington include tours on the Policy Planning Staff (1981-1982); in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs (1988-1989); in the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1989-1991); as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department (1996-1998); and as the Executive Assistant to Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell (1998-2001).
Ambassador Visits Atlanta, Meets with Businesses and Students
ATLANTA, GA, Dec. 2-3 -- Ambassador Charles Shapiro, Senior Coordinator for Economic Initiatives in the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, delivered remarks at the “Meet the World Atlanta Symposium,” hosted by the World Chambers of Commerce. While in Atlanta, Ambassador Shapiro had a dinner discussion with a group of Atlanta members of the Council on Foreign Relation's National Program.
Additionally, Ambassador Shapiro attended an evening discussion and reception with about 25 students and faculty from Georgia Tech’s Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy. The State Department Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator for Georgia Tech Joseph O’Connor arranged this meeting and said, “Most were international affairs students but we did have a few students from other disciplines there as well. The talk itself was great. Ambassador Shapiro was very engaging and it was more of a discussion than a lecture. Everyone had a great time.”
Hometown Diplomat Returns to Wisconsin from Saudi Arabia
MILWAUKEE, WI, Dec. 1-2 -- Hometown Diplomat Ramon Escobar visited the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, spoke to about 75 students about his experiences as a Foreign Service Officer, and answered questions about the State Department as a potential career path.
A Milwaukee native, Mr. Escobar completed an undergraduate degree in Marketing Research from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 2003. He joined the Foreign Service as an Economic officer through a Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program and is currently serving his second tour as a Political and Economic Officer at the Consulate General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Prior to Dhahran, Mr. Escobar served as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He also interned with the State Department in 2004 on the Bureau of African Affairs’ Economic Policy Staff and in 2005 at the U.S. Mission to NATO. His graduate-level research on economic development programs in the coca-growing region of Bolivia was published in the Princeton Journal of Public and International Affairs in 2006.