A Visit to the Yeosu Expo
About the Author: Kurt M. Campbell serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
At the end of a long trip through Asia with Secretary Clinton, I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit the USA Pavilion at the Yeosu Expo in the Republic of Korea. Fitting for its seaside location, the theme of the Expo (World’s Fair) is “The Living Ocean and Coast.” With dynamic multimedia displays and Korean-speaking U.S. Student Ambassadors, my visit to the USA Pavilion was a truly impressive experience.
The USA Pavilion is the result of a public-private partnership between the Department of State, corporate sponsors, and Earth Echo International, an ocean conservation non-profit organization. I was able to experience the visually stunning high-tech water screen featured in the USA Pavilion,… more »
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On July 11, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Secretary Clinton participated in regional conferences, to both chair and attend ministerial events and to participate in bilateral meetings with Cambodian officials. Regional conferences included the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting, and the U.S.-ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference. Secretary Clinton co-chaired the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial as well as chaired the Friends of the… more »
The Role of Social Media in Diplomacy
About the Author: Victoria Esser serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy in the Bureau of Public Affairs.
Yesterday, our Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, Tara Sonenshine, held a Twitter Q & A, answering your questions on everything from exchange programs in Pakistan to who inspires her (her children). Earlier this week, the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Innovation, Alec Ross, spoke to 100 European Union public diplomacy professionals in Brussels, where he underscored the importance of social media in 21st Century Statecraft. One point they both emphasized was that social media is a place for listening and discussing, not just talking.
It was also one of the points I took away from my trip last week to the Republic of Korea, where I gave the keynote at the East West Center’s annual International Media Conference. The three-day conference was an excellent opportunity to… more »
Secretary Clinton poses fr a photo with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea Kim Sung-Hwan, and Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Korea Kwan-Jin after the U.S.-Korea ministerial dialogue 2+2 meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Trade Is Not Just for the Coasts, It’s for the Heartland Too
About the Author: Jose W. Fernandez serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.
When most Americans think of states that export, the ones on the coasts or those bordering Mexico or Canada are usually the first to come to mind. We tend to think of computer chips from California or beef from Texas. What most Americans are missing, however, are the export powerhouses that exist in the middle of our country, at America’s heart. Colorado is a perfect example. While it is a landlocked state in the middle of the country, it also sits between Canada and Mexico, and at the midpoint between Tokyo and Frankfurt. Last year, Colorado exported over $7 billion worth of goods and services to countries around the world.
The United States was born a trading nation in 1776, and commerce has been the essential life blood of the United States and our entrepreneurial spirit. In observance of the annual World Trade Week, the World Trade Center Denver hosted a World… more »
Photo of the Week: President Obama Attends 2012 Nuclear Security Summit
About the Author: Hannah Johnson serves as DipNote’s Assistant Editor.
Our “Photo of the Week” comes to us from President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Seoul, South Korea for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. The Summit, attended by more than 50 world leaders, addressed securing the world’s nuclear weapons and preventing nuclear terrorism. This photograph, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza, shows President Obama talking with U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Korea Sung Kim aboard Marine One during an early morning flight from Osan Air Base to the landing zone at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 25,… more »
South Korea Hosts 2012 Nuclear Security Summit
Today, the Republic of Korea hosted more than 50 world leaders for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. During the opening plenary session, President Barack Obamasaid:
“…This gathering is a tribute to the nations that contribute to security and peace that’s playing a leading role around the globe and that’s taking its rightful place on the world stage. When I hosted the first Nuclear Security Summit two years ago in Washington, there were those who questioned whether our nations could summon the will to confront one of the gravest dangers of our time. In part because it involves a lot of technical… more »
In Seoul, President Obama Discusses Efforts To Stop the Spread of Nuclear Weapons
President Obama in South Korea
Just midnight on Saturday morning, President Obama boarded Air Force One and departed for a trip to South Korea. After crossing the International Date Line, he arrived in Seoul for a nuclear security summit.
As part of the trip, the President today got a first hand view of North Korea as he toured to the DMZ and met with U.S. troops stationed on the border. He told the servicemen and women, “Everybody back home could not be prouder of what you guys do each and every day — the dedication, the professionalism that you show.”
The President also kicked off the three days of diplomacy with a pair of bilateral meetings — with Prime Minister Lee Myung-bak of South Korea and Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey.