Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith A. McHale will travel to Turkey, Belgium and Germany September 24 – October 1.
During her visit to Turkey, Under Secretary McHale will meet with government officials, media and business leaders, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and young people involved in U.S. Government-supported programs in Turkey. In Ankara, she will hold a roundtable discussion with Turkish students participating in the Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, which uses the Junior Achievement model to build self-reliance and job skills. In Istanbul she will meet with Turkish academics and business leaders to discuss the vital US-Turkey relationship. During her time in Turkey she will also speak with participants in the extensive English language teaching program that the United States is co-sponsoring with the Turkish Council of Higher Education.
In Belgium, Under Secretary McHale will meet with NATO and EU officials to discuss public communications on transatlantic issues. She will also speak to U.S. chiefs of mission and public affairs officials about public diplomacy and other issues related to U.S.-European people-to-people links, including the mission in Afghanistan.
In Germany, Under Secretary McHale will meet with entrepreneurs active in the field of new media and with leaders of established print and electronic outlets. She will also meet with Minister of State Cornelia Pieper to discuss opportunities for cooperation on civilian initiatives including education, science and technology in Afghanistan.