Special Briefings


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2018


April
04/20/18 Briefing on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices;  Ambassador Michael G. Kozak, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
04/20/18 Telephonic Press Briefing with Major General Felix Gedney, Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve; via teleconference hosted by The Brussels Hub, Belgium
04/19/18 Briefing on Updated Conventional Arms Transfer Policy and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Export Policy;  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tina S. Kaidanow, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs; Via Teleconference
04/04/18 Briefing on U.S. Demining Efforts Around the World; Via Teleconference
04/04/18 Telephonic Press Briefing on the Baltic Summit with Senior Administration Official; via teleconference hosted by The Brussels Hub, Belgium
04/02/18 Briefing on The Indo-Pacific Strategy;  Deputy Assistant Secretary Alex N. Wong, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Press Correspondents Room; Washington, DC


March
03/23/18 Suzanne Lawrence, Special Advisor for Children's Issues On the Release of the Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption; Via Teleconference
03/23/18 Telephonic Press Briefing on EUCOM 2018 International Cyber Summit; via teleconference hosted by The Brussels Hub, Belgium
03/21/18 Briefing on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Joint Commission and E3 Meetings in Vienna and Berlin;  Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
03/15/18 Telephonic Press Briefing with General Tod D. Wolters, Commander USAFE-AFAFRICA; via teleconference hosted by The Brussels Hub, Belgium
03/05/18 Briefing With Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells;  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice G. Wells, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; Press Correspondents' Room; Washington, DC
03/02/18 Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Travel to the Continent of Africa; Via Teleconference


February
02/28/18 Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, Coordinator for Counterterrorism on the Conference on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS;  Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales; Via Teleconference
02/26/18 Telephonic Press Briefing with Colonel Ryan Dillon, Spokesperson for Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve; via teleconference hosted by The Brussels Hub, Belgium
02/14/18 Background Briefing: Updating on Secretary Tillerson's Trip to Amman, Jordan; Ankara, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Kuwait City, Kuwait; Office of the Spokesperson; Amman, Jordan
02/12/18 Briefing Update on Secretary Tillerson's Trip to Amman, Jordan; Ankara, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Kuwait City, Kuwait; Kuwait City, Kuwait
02/12/18 Briefing on the President's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID;  Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
02/09/18 Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Upcoming Trip To Amman, Jordan; Ankara, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; And Kuwait City, Kuwait; Via Teleconference
02/07/18 Background Briefing with Senior State Department Officials on Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance; Via Teleconference


January
01/31/18 Briefing on the Preparations for a Safe and Secure 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea;  Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs I. Steven (Steve) Goldstein; Washington, DC
01/30/18 Background Briefing on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) Section 231; Via Teleconference
01/29/18 Background Briefing on the Secretary's Travel to Austin, Texas; Mexico City, Mexico; San Carlos Bariloche, Argentina; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica; Via Teleconference
01/29/18 Telephonic Press Briefing with Ambassador Volker, Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations; Brussels, Belgium
01/25/18 Background Briefing with Senior State Department Officials on the Situation in Venezuela; Press Correspondents' Room
01/25/18 Press Gaggle - January 25, 2018;  Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert; Press Correspondents' Room; Washington, DC
01/23/18 Background Briefing in Paris; Paris, France
01/19/18 Briefing on Syria; Via Teleconference
01/19/18 Previewing the Secretary's Trip to Europe; Via Teleconference
01/11/18 On-the-Record-Briefing;  Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs I. Steven (Steve) Goldstein; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
01/10/18 Briefing on the Department of State's New Travel Advisories; Via Teleconference
01/09/18 Press Gaggle - January 9, 2018;  Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs I. Steven (Steve) Goldstein; Washington, DC
01/04/18 Background Briefing with Senior State Department Officials on Security Assistance to Pakistan; Press Correspondents' Room

2017


December
12/21/17 Background Briefing on the Rollout of the Global Magnitsky Sanctions; Via Teleconference
12/21/17 Update on Yemen; Washington, DC
12/21/17 Update on the D-ISIS Campaign;  Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS Brett McGurk, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS; Washington, DC
12/20/17 Briefing Previewing the Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference
12/18/17 Background Briefing Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Trip to Ottawa; Via Teleconference
12/13/17 Briefing on Release of the 16th Annual To Walk the Earth in Safety Report;  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tina S. Kaidanow, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
12/08/17 Previewing Upcoming Changes to the Department's Safety and Security Messages for U.S. Citizens;  Assistant Secretary Carl C. Risch, Bureau of Consular Affairs; Washington, DC
12/07/17 Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary David M. Satterfield; Acting Assistant Secretary David M. Satterfield, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
12/04/17 Telephonic Press Briefing with Kay Bailey Hutchison U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO; Brussels, Belgium
12/01/17 Background Briefing: Senior State Department Official Previewing the Secretary's Travel to Europe; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference


November
11/30/17 U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D.; Washington, DC
11/29/17 Telephonic Press Briefing with John McCarrick, Deputy Secretary of State, Bureau of Energy Resources; Brussels, Belgium
11/22/17 Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Burma; Via Teleconference
11/21/17 Background Briefing on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit; Via Teleconference
11/21/17 Briefing on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit; Via Teleconference
11/14/17 Background Briefing On Secretary Tillerson's Trip to Burma; Manila, Philippines
11/11/17 Background Briefing on the Joint Statement by the President of the United States And the President of the Russian Federation on Syria; Via Teleconference
11/09/17 Telephonic Press Briefing with James A. Walsh DAS for International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs; Brussels, Belgium
11/07/17 Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw and Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Recent Visit to Burma and Bangladesh; Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
11/07/17 Telephonic Press Briefing with Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO; Brussels, Belgium
11/03/17 U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker; Washington, DC


October
10/31/17 Background Briefing on Public Guidance Related to Sections 223, 225, 226, 228, 232, and 233 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA); Via Teleconference
10/27/17 Briefing by Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G. Wells; Office of the Spokesperson; Press Correspondents Room; Washington, DC
10/27/17 Briefing on Sanctions With Respect to Russia's Defense and Intelligence Sectors Under Section 231 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017; Via Teleconference
10/26/17 Briefing by Deputy Assistant Secretary Jim Walsh On the State Department's Role in Combating the Opioid Crisis; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
10/26/17 Briefing by Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby On the Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea;  Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
10/24/17 Briefing by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia W. Patrick Murphy on Burma;  Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma W. Patrick Murphy; Washington, DC
10/18/17 Background Briefing on Secretary Tillerson's Remarks at CSIS; Washington, DC
10/10/17 Briefing On U.S. Efforts to Counter Hizballah;  Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales; Washington, DC
10/06/17 Senior Administration Officials on Sudan Sanctions; Via Teleconference
10/03/17 Background Briefing: State Department Official on Cuba; Via Teleconference


September
09/29/17 Senior State Department Officials on Cuba; Via Teleconference
09/27/17 Background Briefing: U.S. Government Officials On the Refugee Cap for Fiscal Year 2018; Via Teleconference
09/22/17 Briefing With Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk;  Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS Brett McGurk, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS; New York City, NY
09/21/17 Briefing With Brian Hook, Director of Policy Planning;  Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook; New York, NY
09/21/17 Briefing on Response to Hurricane Maria; Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth H. Merten; Via Teleconference
09/21/17 Briefing on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief; USAID Administrator Mark Green; New York City, NY
09/20/17 Briefing on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State; Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Palace Hotel; New York City, NY
09/18/17 Briefing on Syria; Acting Assistant Secretary David M. Satterfield, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; The Palace Hotel; New York City
09/15/17 Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley; Washington, DC
09/13/17 Background Briefing: Previewing the Community of Democracies Governing Council Ministerial; Via Teleconference
09/08/17 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy on the Situation in Burma;  Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma W. Patrick Murphy; Washington, DC
09/08/17 Telephonic Press Briefing with General Tod D. Wolters Commander U.S. Air Forces Europe; Brussels Media Hub, Belgium


August
08/31/17 Senior Administration Official on Russia; Via Teleconference
08/15/17 Ambassador Michael Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor On the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report; Via Teleconference
08/08/17 Briefing With the State Department Press Corps;  Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan; Washington, DC
08/04/17 Update: Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS;  Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS Brett McGurk, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
08/02/17 Briefing on Secretary Tillerson's Travel to the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia; Acting Assistant Secretary Susan A. Thornton, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Via Teleconference


July
07/19/17 Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell on the Release of Country Reports on Terrorism 2016; Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell; Via Teleconference
07/13/17 Briefing on the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS;  Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS Brett McGurk, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS; Washington, DC
07/12/17 Background Briefing on Sudan Sanctions; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference
07/07/17 Background Briefing on the Ceasefire in Syria; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
07/05/17 Background Briefing on Secretary Tillerson's Travel to Kyiv, Ukraine and Istanbul, Turkey; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC


June
06/29/17 Background Briefing on the Implementation of Executive Order 13780 Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
06/27/17 Briefing on the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report;  Ambassador-at-Large Susan Coppedge, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
06/19/17 Briefing on U.S. Participation in the General Assembly of the OAS; Via Teleconference
06/19/17 Previewing the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue; Via Teleconference
06/15/17 White House Background Briefing on the President's Cuba Policy; Washington, DC
06/12/17 Deployment of U.S. Air Force strategic bombers to RAF Fairford with Lieutenant General Richard M. Clark Commander, 3rd Air Force; via teleconference hosted by The Brussels Hub, Belgium
06/12/17 Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Participation in the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America;  Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Via Teleconference
06/07/17 Telephonic Briefing on BALTOPS with Vice Admiral Christopher Grady and Rear Admiral Paddy McAlpine; via teleconference hosted by The Brussels Hub, Belgium
06/01/17 Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Matthews on Secretary Tillerson's Trip to Australia and New Zealand;  Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew J. Matthews, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Via Teleconference
06/01/17 Energy issues affecting Europe, including energy security and cooperation;  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mary Burce Warlick, Bureau of Energy Resources; via teleconference hosted by The Brussels Hub, Belgium


May
05/30/17 Background Briefing: Senior State Department Officials on the OAS Meeting on Venezuela; Via Teleconference
05/30/17 Briefing on the President's Trip to the Middle East; Acting Assistant Secretary Stuart E. Jones, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; Briefing Room; Washington, DC
05/23/17 The President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID; Via Teleconference
05/15/17 Background Briefing: Senior Administration Officials on Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance; Via Teleconference
05/15/17 Briefing by Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones on Syria; Acting Assistant Secretary Stuart E. Jones, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; Washington, DC
05/09/17 Briefing on Nigeria; Deputy Director , Office of West African Affairs Nathan Holt, Bureau of African Affairs; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
05/08/17 Briefing on the Arctic Council Ministerial;  Deputy Assistant Secretary David A. Balton, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Via Teleconference
05/04/17 The U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue; Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Via Teleconference
05/02/17 Special Briefing on Venezuela;  Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC


April
04/20/17 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy on U.S. Relations With Southeast Asia; Via Teleconference
04/18/17 Briefing on Biosecurity; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
04/17/17 Briefing on the Situation on the Korean Peninsula; Acting Assistant Secretary Susan A. Thornton, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Via Teleconference
04/06/17 Background Briefing: Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Upcoming Travel to Italy and Russia; Via Teleconference
04/05/17 Previewing the Visit of President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China; Via Teleconference
04/04/17 Background Briefing on the Effort to Defeat ISIS; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
04/03/17 Previewing UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC


March
03/30/17 Senior State Department Officials on Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) Sanctions; Via Teleconference
03/29/17 Senior State Department Official On Venezuela; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
03/28/17 On Secretary Tillerson's Upcoming Travel to Brussels, Belgium for the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference; Brussels, Belgium
03/27/17 Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Travel to Turkey; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
03/10/17 Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Travel to Japan, South Korea, and China; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference
03/03/17 Senior Administration Official Previewing the 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices; Via Teleconference
03/02/17 Briefing on the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report;  Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Via Teleconference


February
02/21/17 Background Briefing Previewing Secretary Tillerson and DHS Secretary Kelly's Travel to Mexico; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
02/14/17 Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Trip to Bonn for the G20; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
02/13/17 Background Briefing on an Announcement From the Treasury Department; Via Teleconference
02/03/17 Senior Administration Officials on an Announcement From the Treasury Department on Iran; Via Teleconference