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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his first major public address on Wednesday, February 20, at the University of Virginia — founded by Thomas Jefferson, America’s first Secretary of State.

Photo of the Week: Heads of State Gather for 67th UN General Assembly

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participates in the Head of State Luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in New York, New York on September 25, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Luke Forgerson serves as DipNote’s Managing Editor.

Our “Photo of the Week” comes to us from the Secretary of State’s official photographer, Michael Gross, and offers a glimpse of the Heads of State luncheon at the 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2012. Comprising all 193 members of the United Nations, the General Assembly meets in regular session from September to December each year, and thereafter as required. This year’s General Debate is scheduled from September 25 through October 1.

During the Heads of State luncheon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed appreciation to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his leadership. In herremarks, the Secretary also acknowledged the diplomats and development experts from every nation serving and sacrificing far from home. The Secretary said, “They… more »

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall to Launch Inaugural Global Chiefs of Protocol Conference

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 2, 2012

On Thursday, July 5 at 8:30 am, Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol of the United States, will convene the inaugural Global Chiefs of Protocol Conference at the Department of State. For the first time, nearly 100 representatives from nations and organizations on five continents will gather to exchange knowledge and ideas, evaluate and enhance their craft, and strengthen the role of protocol in diplomacy.

Since the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, protocol has played an integral role in modern times in building and maintaining strong bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relationships. This gathering is a unique opportunity to strengthen international practices and make progress toward the goal of greater cultural understanding.

The New Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at Work

Women carry an election banner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 22, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Kathryn Nash serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

On April 17, the first-ever Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), Rick Barton, will discuss how the bureau is working to prevent violent conflict and respond when crises do break out. You can join him for a live chat on the Department of State’s Facebook page from 2:00-2:30 p.m. (EDT).

The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) helps countries and people find the road away from conflict and toward peace. Over the last two decades, the United States has found itself increasingly involved in, and affected by, weak or failed states. The interconnected nature of today’s world makes instability and conflict, even… more »

Public Schedule for March 31, 2012



Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Istanbul, Turkey through April 1. The Secretary is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Feltman, Assistant Secretary Shapiro, Director Sullivan, VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., CJCS, Puneet Talwar, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, NSS. Please click here for more information.

9:20 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Embassy Riyadh staff and their families, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

10:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

12:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends the Gulf Cooperation Council-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum Ministerial, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

2:40 p.m. LOCAL 
Secretary Clinton attends the Gulf Cooperation Council-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum Luncheon, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

3:50 p.m. LOCAL 
Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with GCC Chairman and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The State of Transatlantic Relations
Flags of NATO members states seen in front of NATO headquarters, Brussels, June 11, 2009. [AP File]

About the Author: Philip H. Gordon serves as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

In early January, I had the opportunity to engage with European policy-makers and analysts in Brussels, Vilnius, and Copenhagen. Given President Obama’s announcement of the new defense strategy guidelines on January 5, my visit provided an opportune moment to share U.S. perspectives on the state of the transatlantic alliance as well as policy objectives for the coming year. My central message was clear: three years into the Obama Administration, the strategic alignment between the United States and Europe has never been greater. This theme… more »

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah brief the press on the FY 2013 international affairs budget request, at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., February 13, 2012.

Leveraging the Tools of 21st Century Statecraft

Image of m.state.gov on mobile device, June 9, 2010. [State Depart. Image]

About the Author: Victoria Esser serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy in the Bureau of Public Affairs.

When I joined the State Department three short months ago, I was so pleased to be joining an institution that has been at the forefront of digital diplomacy; reinforcing our diplomatic leadership by using digital networks and technologies in service of U.S. foreign policy goals. Secretary Clinton has called this “21st Century Statecraft" — complementing traditional foreign policy tools with the networks and technologies of our interconnected world.

Underscoring our commitment to these efforts, January is the Department’s 21st Century Statecraft month and we’ll be taking advantage of the truly participatory nature of social media to bring people virtually into the State Department briefing room to ask their foreign policy questions. State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland will…more »

21st Century Defense Priorities

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State  
Washington, DC
January 5, 2012

This morning, President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta unveiled new strategic guidance that reflects our 21st century defense needs and secures America’s leadership for the future. The Defense Department and State Department continue to work side-by-side to bring the full range of American assets to bear on our foreign policy. As the new strategy notes, meeting our challenges cannot be the work of our military alone. Diplomacy and development are equal partners with defense in our smart power approach to promoting American interests and values abroad, building up our economic prosperity, and protecting our national security.

This new guidance is a critical element in our integrated approach to strengthening American leadership in a changing world. It enhances the capabilities and relationships we need to lead and meet our responsibilities for years to come. And it promotes our strategic priorities, including sustaining a global presence while strengthening our focus on the Asia-Pacific region; deterring our adversaries and fulfilling our security commitments; investing in critical alliances and partnerships, including NATO; combating violent extremists and defending human dignity around the world; and preserving our ability to respond quickly to emerging threats. As we move forward with this strategy, we will continue to consult our allies and partners to address our shared concerns, seize new opportunities, and bolster global stability.

I look forward to continuing the close partnership between the Departments of State and Defense as we work together to realize President Obama’s vision for the security of the United States and its people.