“Center Stage” Brings International Artists to Main Street, U.S.A.

Haitian artists Ti-Coca and his band Wanga-Neges perform, undated. [Photo by Courtney Correl/ Courtesy of Center Stage]

About the Author: Ann Stock serves as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post profiled Center Stage, one of the newest and most dynamic programs run by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Post blogger Jacqueline Trescott wrote:

"A new initiative called Center Stage will send artists from Pakistan, Indonesia, and Haiti across the United States to perform in 60 cities.

"The program kicks off June 19 with a musical sampling at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.… more »

Ambassador Marc Grossman, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, comments on U.S.-Pakistan relations in Islamabad, Pakistan on April 26, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

Photo of the Week: Deputy Secretary Nides Travels to Pakistan

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides meets with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar at the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 4, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Hannah Johnson serves as DipNote’s Assistant Editor.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides traveled to Islamabad, Pakistan on April 2-4, 2012. While in Pakistan, he met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar at the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After the meeting, Deputy Secretary Nides said, “We are committed to the people of Pakistan. And, we recognize how challenging this past year has been. And, I am heartened that we are working through our differences very constructively. Being here today proves that a sustained engagement is the most productive way forward and a hallmark of the way in which mature democracies operate. Too much is at stake for us to turn away from each other, so we must work through all of these challenges. The United States shares an interest in the stability and prosperity of Pakistan and the… more »

Travel Diary: Townterview in Islamabad

Watch a live webcast of a townterview with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Islamabad, Pakistan, October 21, 2011, at 4:00 a.m. EDT. [State Department image/ Public Domain]

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold a townterview in Islamabad, Pakistan on October 21. Watch the video live on www.state.gov and DipNote starting at 4:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 21, 2011.

DipNote: The Week in Review
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, are shown at a luncheon during the at AUSMIN, a forum advancing the Australia-U.S. alliance in San Francisco, on September 15, 2011. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as DipNote’s Associate Editor.

Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participated in the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit (WES) meetings in San Francisco.

This AUSMIN ministerial marked the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Australia Alliance. Secretary Clinton said, “…For 60 years now, each new global challenge has brought with it a new cause for cooperation with Australia and an ever stronger partnership grounded in our shared values.”

During their consultations, Secretary Clinton, Secretary of… more »

U.S., Pakistan Committed to Energy Solutions
A Pakistani mother and son head back to home after visiting weekly bazaar in Islamabad, Pakistan on May 22, 2011. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Robert Raines serves as Acting Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The United States and Pakistan reviewed progress on ongoing energy programs and recommitted themselves to pursuing practical solutions to Pakistan’s energy needs during the latest Pakistan-United States Energy Dialogue this week. Ambassador Carlos Pascual, U.S. Department of State Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs, joined Pakistani Minister of Water and Power Naveed Qamar to reaffirm the partnership. They met September 14-15 in Islamabad.

“As all Pakistanis know, reliable and affordable energy is critical to Pakistan’s prosperity. Without it, businesses can’t operate and families can’t light and cool their homes. Pakistan’s future depends on power,” Ambassador Pascual said at the opening of the Dialogue. “There are no quick fixes to this crisis, but the United States and international partners are willing to help. We will continue to support Pakistan in… more »

U.S. and Pakistan Combat Foot and Mouth Disease
Farmer ploughs a field for rice cultivation near Mehmood Kot in central Pakistan on July 25, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Robert Raines serves as Acting Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The United States and Pakistan are working together to fight foot and mouth disease, which is estimated to cause $82 million in economic damage to rural Pakistani families every year. The United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Government of Pakistan, is supporting this effort with a comprehensive $9 million dollar program to provide training and equipment to researchers, veterinarians, and epidemiologists throughout Pakistan.

“Foot and mouth disease causes significant damage to the Pakistani livestock population and to the farmers who depend on them for their livelihood,” said David Wolf, Senior Agriculture Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. “This training will allow Pakistani scientists to use the latest technologies and treatments to fight against this disease all around… more »

U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland, September 7, 2011.

U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson Victoria Nuland, August 25, 2011.

The Week in Review

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a statement about Syria, Aug. 18, 2011, at the State Department in Washington. [AP Photo]

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

On August 18, 2011, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on President Bashar al-Asad of Syria to step aside for the sake of the Syrian people. Secretary Clinton said:

"For months, the world has borne witness to the Asad regime’s contempt for its own people. In peaceful demonstrations across the nation, Syrians are demanding their universal human rights. The regime has answered their demands with empty promises and horrific violence, torturing opposition leaders, laying siege to cities, slaughtering thousands of unarmed civilians, including children.

"The Asad government has now been condemned by countries… more »