The Department recognizes the central role of public diplomacy as a tool and an essential element of 21st Century statecraft, and has committed to renewing America's engagement with the people of the world by enhancing mutual respect and understanding, and creating partnerships aimed at solving common problems. Public diplomacy programs explain American society and culture and improve the understanding of American values.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the Executive Secretary of the Department John Bass chat in the Treaty Room reception area adjacent to the Secretary's office suite in the U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C., February 4, 2013. Department of State
Behind the scenes at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Google+ Hangout at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Department of State
New Online Series Connects the United States to the World
On May 10, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry kicked off "Hangout at State," a new online series that brings together people across national borders to discuss with U.S. Government leaders pressing foreign policy issues such as democracy promotion, human rights, counterterrorism efforts, economic development, climate change, and drug interdiction.
In this online conversation, moderated by NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, Secretary Kerry answered questions from the American people on "The U.S. In the World: What's In It for Us?" This live online event was the first for a U.S. Secretary of State. The Secretary is dedicated to having a dialogue with the American people about the investments they make to ensure American leadership abroad - to protect our national security interests, and to promote trade and investment that fuels the American economy. The conversation builds on Secretary Kerry's first major public address as Secretary of State at the University of Virginia, where he outlined to Americans the impact that our involvement abroad has here at home. In this discussion, the Secretary observed that "for about one percent of our entire budget, a penny on the American dollar spent, we invest in everything that we do in foreign policy."
Online series such as "Hangout at State" support the Department's strategic goal six: advance U.S. interests and universal values through public diplomacy and programs that connect the United States and Americans to the world. This series is broadcast on the State Department's Google+ page, YouTube channel, and at video.state.gov/live.
For more information, a video and transcript of this discussion may be viewed at: