State Department Official Discusses Science and Diplomacy with Charlotte, NC Community
CHARLOTTE, NC, Aug. 10 – Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science (OES), travelled to Charlotte, NC to meet with students and faculty at the University of North Carolina Charlotte to discuss the work she does at the Department of State. Dr. Jones discussed a wide range of topics involving science and diplomacy in a rapidly changing world, including: global warming, medicine, health and family planning, population, education, religion, and training and employment opportunities. She spoke about the work being done in the OES Bureau to fulfill its mission to advance environmental stewardship, encourage economic growth, and promote social development around the globe. There was a lively question and answer session in which graduate students and faculty from a variety of different academic disciplines asked questions about the Assistant Secretary’s work in the Administration. While in the Charlotte, NC area, Dr. Jones also delivered remarks on “Science and Diplomacy: Global Connections” at the American Phytopathological Society’s Annual Meeting.
Washington Institute for Near East Policy Interns and Research Assistants Focus on Iran
Washington, DC, Aug. 10 – Office of Iranian Affairs experts Raj Wadhwani and Miriam Schwedt met with Washington Institute for Near East Policy interns and research assistants to discuss U.S. policy toward Iran. The discussion covered many current topics regarding Iran, including the challenges of learning about Iran in a multilateral diplomatic environment and enforcing sanctions with consideration for the citizens of Iran. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy group also discussed the P5+1 talks with the experts.
Mr. Wadhwani handles nonproliferation, energy, and economic sanction issues in the Office of Iranian Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. He previously served at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Baghdad, Iraq; and the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Ms. Schwedt is the public diplomacy officer in the Office of Iranian Affairs. She previously served at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan.
The group also met with Dale Rumbarger of the Bureau of Human Resources, who briefed the group on student programs and career opportunities within the State Department .
Deputy Secretaries Steinberg and Lew Discuss The Next Phase in America's Relationship with Iraq
Washington, DC, Aug. 5 -- Deputy Secretaries of State James Steinberg and Jacob Lew discussed the next phase in America's relationship with Iraq at a "Statesmen's Forum" hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies at the St. Regis Hotel. Ambassador Richard Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State and CSIS trustee, provided the introduction and welcoming remarks and the event was moderated by Stephen Flanagan, CSIS Senior Vice President and Henry A. Kissinger Chair.
Expanding on the remarks by the President at the Disabled Veterans of America Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on July 2,
Deputy Secretary Steinberg discussed the transition from a military to a civilian-led partnership under the leadership of the State Department. Deputy Secretary Steinberg also addressed the current state of government formation in Iraq, and then turned his remarks to detailing the United States' overarching interests in Iraq for the long-term, both bilaterally and regionally. Deputy Secretary Lew focused his remarks on the implementation of the U.S. strategy for a civilian-led mission in Iraq. Drawing on his recent trip to Baghdad, Mosul, Erbil, and Basra, Deputy Secretary Lew identified the challenges we face in the region and highlighted the steps the U.S. government, particularly the U.S. Department of State, has taken to ensure a smooth transition from military to civilian leadership. Deputy Secretary Lew emphasized the changing nature of U.S. programs in Iraq, programs that the U.S. will tailor to the needs of the Iraqi people.
National Student Leadership Conference Students Visit the State Department
WASHINGTON, DC, August 5— A group of 60 U.S. high school students participating in the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) International Diplomacy program visited the U.S. Department of State. Students in this program are provided with an opportunity to gain leadership skills by exploring current issues facing the global community.
Eric Gaudiosi, Director, Director, Office of Human Security, Bureau of International Organization Affairs , engaged students on the United States' role in NATO and the United Nations. He discussed the United States' willingness to build relationships with other countries through diplomacy and economic assistance. He also addressed questions from the students on the Department's role in stabilizing Afghanistan as well as working with the Mexican government to resolve the issues of violence and drug cartels.
Eric Gaudiosi currently serves as Director, Office of Human Security, Bureau of International Organization Affairs . He is a Foreign Service officer who has been stationed in Jordan, Italy, Bosnia, and Hungary. Most recently, he served as a member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff .
Harvard University Interns Learn that Public Service Can Make a Difference
Washington, DC (August 4) – Deputy Secretary James B. Steinberg met with Harvard University students in Washington, D.C. to discuss current foreign policy issues and the Deputy's career path. The students are serving as summer interns at a variety of public service organizations through the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
During the discussion, Deputy Secretary Steinberg encouraged the students to make a difference by considering a career in public service. He stressed the need for students of international relations to study world history in order to gain an understanding of current world relationships. He discussed the challenges and issues involved in fighting terrorism worldwide while adhering to international legal standards.
Deputy Secretary Steinberg was appointed by President Obama, confirmed by the Senate on January 28, 2009 and sworn in by the Secretary the next day. Prior to his appointment in the Obama Administration, Mr. Steinberg served as dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, a position he assumed on January 1, 2006. He is currently on leave from the LBJ School. He had previously served as the vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. (2001-2005), where he supervised a wide-ranging research program on U.S. foreign policy.
Recent remarks by Deputy Secretary Steinberg:
Session 8: Global Young Leaders Visit the State Department
WASHINGTON, DC, August 4 -- 325 high school students from the United States and 45 countries participating in the Global Young Leaders Conference visited the State Department this morning. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Esther Brimmer spoke to students about the U.S. multilateral engagement and participation in the United Nations and other international organizations.
She engaged students in a discussion surrounding global development and assistance. She also discussed food security, genocide and international women’s rights. The students were able to gain further insight into how international organizations fit into the puzzle of diplomacy and development.
The Global Young Leaders Conference is a unique leadership development program that brings together outstanding young people from around the world to build critical leadership skills in the global context. Students have the opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with national leaders in Washington, DC and New York City.
The GYLC visited the State Department throughout the summer, where they met with senior State Department officials. We enjoyed being a part of their summer curriculum and hope that scholars will continue the discussions they have had here. For information about the Global Young Leader’s eight sessions at the Department of State visit the web site of the State Department’s Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.