Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to outgoing participants of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) yesterday, commending them for being “courageous” and for “taking this opportunity to see what it was like in the United States.” Clinton also thanked the students’ host families for “opening up their homes to each and every one of you. We obviously could not run this program without them.”

"We need Chinese and Americans of all ages [and] professions...to get to know one another, to understand each other better, to connect and collaborate,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a signing ceremony today in Beijing launching the “U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange.” Noting that “government alone cannot solve the problems we face,” Secretary Clinton, along with Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong, asserted that the need for substantive interaction between t

Following up on a pledge in President Obama’s June 2009 Cairo speech, the Departments of State and Commerce convened earlier this week the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.

In a feature leading its Style section last week, the Washington Post characterized Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State as bring “new energy to the building”.

"We have had other secretaries of state who have cared deeply for the institution," said Patrick F. Kennedy, undersecretary for management and a senior Foreign Service officer. "None who have done as much internal outreach."

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified at four separate Congressional hearings in the past two days to discuss the Department of State budget request for FY 2011. She appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, and then in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Appropriations Subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations today.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the U.S.-Islamic World Forum last Saturday in Doha, Qatar, speaking to an audience that included Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa and Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber.

At the same time the House goes to the floor today to pass its version of the State-Foreign Operations spending bill (in which educational and cultural exchanges are funded at $600 million, $33 million less than the Obama administration’s request but a $62 million increase over current levels), the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin work on its own State-Foreign Operations bill. Senators will seek to increase funding for diplomacy and the Foreign Service, “even as overall funding for foreign affairs takes a hit,” reports CQ.com:

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The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) reports on the Obama Administration’s attempt to utilize web 2.0 technologies and blend them with public diplomacy to create a new kind of engagement termed “21st century statecraft”:

These 21st-century technologies are not being deployed for their own sake, but to advance a State Department initiative called “21st-century statecraft.”

“The goal is to move beyond just government-to-government relationships and enhance government-to-people and people-to-people relationships around the world,” Alec Ross, a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, told ISN Security Watch.

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Farah Pandith has been appointed to serve as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's “special representative to Muslim communities,” the Washington Post reports. Pandith’s appointment was announced in an internal memo to State Department employees dated Tuesday, June 23. A press release on the website for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi indicates that Pandith and her staff “will carry out Clinton's efforts to ‘engage with Muslims around the world on a people-to-people and organizational level.’”

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In a brief profile published today, CQ.com noted the strong support State and Foreign Operations subcommittee chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) has long shown for diplomacy and foreign aid:

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