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A Whisper to a Roar Film Screening
January 29, 2012
Washington, DC

You can watch the video here and read the transcript here.

As a follow up to the "Civil Society: A Cornerstone of Democracy" International Visitor Leadership Program, the S/SACSED office hosted a screening in January for “A Whisper to a Roar” produced by Larry Diamond, Director of Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law.

Over 50 US embassies and consulates around the world will be holding viewing parties for their IVLP participants or other civil society leaders in their countries in participation with the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society. The Washington, DC screening included a panel event with producer Larry Diamond, director Ben Moses, and two of the activists from the film.

Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society 2012 Summit
May 16-17, 2012
Washington, DC

Secretary Clinton launched the Department’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society (SDCS) in February 2011 to elevate U.S. engagement with partners beyond the state. Creating the Dialogue also fulfilled a commitment from the Department’s Quadrennial and Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) to create a framework for civil society involvement in policymaking. Over the last year, as civil society has continued to play a critical role in events around the world, the Dialogue has provided a model for how governments and civil society can work together to shape policy and advance the common good.

On May 16 and 17, the State Department and partners in Congress and civil society came together for the 2012 Summit of the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society. Secretary Clinton and other participants highlighted how the Dialogue is helping integrate ideas from civil society into U.S. foreign policy and reinforce the importance of strengthening civil society worldwide.

The Summit consisted of four main events:

Secretary Clinton’s Global Town Hall with Civil Society
Wednesday, May 16 10:00am – 11:00am EDT at the Harry S Truman Building, U.S. Department of State

Secretary Clinton announced action on the policy recommendations from the working groups of the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society, demonstrating how the SDCS has resulted in concrete action. Participants highlighted the need for a strong, independent civil society, and the success of civil society over the past year in pushing for meaningful political and economic reform around the world. Secretary Clinton answered questions from the civil society representatives attending the event in Washington and participating virtually at embassy and consulate viewing parties around the world. Participation by invitation only. The event was live-streamed and available through

Third Meeting of the Dialogue’s Federal Advisory Committee
Wednesday, May 16 11:15am – 12:45pm EDT at the Harry S Truman Building, U.S. Department of State

After the town hall event, members of the Federal Advisory Committee convened to discuss new outcomes of working group engagement and the latest set of policy recommendations. The meeting was open to public participation through live stream at .

Wilson Center Panel: "QDDR In Action: Civil Society Sustainability in U.S. Foreign Policy."
Thursday, May 17 9:00am – 11:00am EDT in the 6th Floor Auditorium

The Wilson Center hosted a panel discussion on progress made through the Department's Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and the impact of civil society involvement in foreign policymaking. More information is available here.

Capitol Hill Hearing
Thursday, May 17 3:00pm – 5:00pm EDT in the Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2237

The Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights held a hearing on “Threats to Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders Worldwide.” The Secretary’s Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, and Mr. Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, provided testimony on the importance of civil society to existing and emerging democracies, the threats faced by civil society organizations worldwide, and U.S. policy on foreign governments and organizations that commit human rights abuses or threaten human rights defenders. Additional testimony addressed the threats, challenges, and restrictions faced by human rights defenders from a global perspective. More information is available here.

Regional Webchat - Europe
July 14, 2011
08:30 EDT (12:30 GMT)

Description: Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, hosted a civil society web chat focusing on media freedom in Europe with Irena Chalupa, Senior Correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc.

Regional Webchat - Western Hemisphere (WHA)
May 25, 2011
11:00 EDT

Speakers: Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies and Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director for the Center for Justice and International Law
Webchat Videos: Spanish and English (click for each)


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