The U.S. is missing opportunities because too many U.S. ambassadors have not arrived to fill vacant posts. A Senate backlog in confirming ambassadorial candidates has left the U.S. without permanent ambassadors in 40 countries and a total of 58 State Department nominees still awaiting confirmation.
This logjam in the Senate is hampering America’s role in the world. Read more here.

The U.S. is missing opportunities because too many U.S. ambassadors have not arrived to fill vacant posts. A Senate backlog in confirming ambassadorial candidates has left the U.S. without permanent ambassadors in 40 countries and a total of 58 State Department nominees still awaiting confirmation.

This logjam in the Senate is hampering America’s role in the world. Read more here.

The Department of State has 58 nominees pending before the U.S. Senate, which has left us without permanent ambassadors in over 40 countries. That means we’re going without our strongest voice on the ground in more than 25 percent of the world.
Read Secretary Kerry’s personal plea to the Senate to confirm our Ambassadors at http://go.usa.gov/XyQj.

The Department of State has 58 nominees pending before the U.S. Senate, which has left us without permanent ambassadors in over 40 countries. That means we’re going without our strongest voice on the ground in more than 25 percent of the world.

Read Secretary Kerry’s personal plea to the Senate to confirm our Ambassadors at http://go.usa.gov/XyQj.

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When Walter Hines Page presented his credentials to King George V on May 30, 1913, he could not have imagined how world events would unfold. During his tenure, Page’s duties shifted from dealing with peacetime trade disputes to navigating U.S. neutrality at the outbreak of World War I to…

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Join us for a three-part interactive online conference series, entitled “Diplomacy in Action”, where students can interact with experts and other classrooms from around the world to learn about how diplomacy has shaped our country. Learn more here!

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON


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.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

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.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

12:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends the Gulf Cooperation Council-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum Ministerial, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)

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

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.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

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 »