Conversations With America: Making Foreign Policy Less Foreign

Michael Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Public Affairs, will be interviewed by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, to discuss the Department of State’s communication efforts. The conversation will highlight the importance of engaging the American public to advance the Department’s work at home and abroad. The discussion will be available for on-demand viewing soon on YouTube and www.state.gov.

You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the taping… more »

Conversations With America: Ten Years of America’s Global AIDS Response

Conversations with America: 10 Years of America's Global AIDS Response [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

Deborah Von Zinkernagel, Principal Deputy Coordinator for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will hold a conversation with Dr. Shannon Hader, Vice President and Director, Center for Health Systems and Solutions at Futures Group and Chris Austin, President, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer of Washington, D.C. The discussion will explore the transformative role the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has played in the world’s commitment to create an… more »

Conversations With America: Diversifying the Department of State

Conversations With America: Diversifying the Department of State [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, will be interviewed by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, to discuss the Department of State’s recruitment efforts. The conversation will highlight her career as an American Diplomat and the future of the Department, including efforts to ensure the Department‘s workforce is diverse and accurately reflects the face of America. The discussion will be available for on-demand viewing soon on YouTube… more »

Conversations With America: The Hemispheric Agenda—Democracy, Prosperity, and Social Inclusion

Conversations With America -- The Hemispheric Agenda: Democracy, Prosperity, and Social Inclusion [State Department image/ Public Domain]

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will hold a conversation with Diana Villiers Negroponte, Senior Fellow, Latin America Initiative, Brookings Institution and Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue, on the U.S. government’s foreign policy agenda in the Western Hemisphere. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will… more »

Conversations With America: Building Americans’ Engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa

Image for Conversations With America: Building Americans' Engagement With Sub-Saharan Africa webcast, September 10, 2012. [State Department image/ Public Domain]

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, will hold a conversation with Jennifer Cooke, Director of the Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and John Norris, Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American Progress, on “Building Americans’ Engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa.” The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available… more »

Conversations With America: Addressing Global Challenges at the UN

Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, will moderate the

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, will hold a conversation with Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director of the National Security Network, on Addressing Global Challenges at the UN. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy… more »

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs Cheryl Benton moderates an interview with Lois Quam, Executive Director for the Global Health Initiative, Jennifer Kates, Vice President & Director for Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation and Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children in Washington, DC on July 13, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

Conversations With America: Global Health in Transition

Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, will moderate the

Lois Quam, Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative, will hold a conversation with Jennifer Kates, Vice President and Director for Global Health and HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation and Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children, on Global Health in Transition. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available for on demand viewing soon on DipNote, the Department of State’s official blog.more »


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III participate in a “Conversation on Diplomacy, Moderated by Charlie Rose” at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 20, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III participate in a “Conversation on Diplomacy, Moderated by Charlie Rose” at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 20, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Conversations With America: Preventing WMD Proliferation

Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, will moderate the

Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Security and Non-Proliferation, will hold a conversation with Deepti Choubey, Senior Director for Nuclear and Bio-Security at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, on Preventing WMD Proliferation. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Public Affairs, and will be available for on demand viewing soon here… more »