Richard Stengel

Studying abroad is a vital experience for young Americans, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel recently wrote in a blog post, published by the State Department and the Huffington Post.

Public diplomacy remains paramount to U.S. interests at home and abroad, according to Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel. Speaking at an American Security Project event earlier this week, in what was referred to as “his first comprehensive presentation on his view of public diplomacy,” Stengel emphasized the role of the exchange community in public diplomacy efforts:

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On the morning of February 18--his first as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Richard Stengel circulated the below message to the public diplomacy community:

A Message to the Public Diplomacy Community
From Richard Stengel, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

At his Senate confirmation hearing today, Richard Stengel, nominee for Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, stressed his long-time commitment to public diplomacy and pledged to advance international exchanges.

Stengel said he would focus on a number of issues he considers vital to U.S. national interests, including the advancement of “public diplomacy’s focus on youth, including girls and underserved communities,” as well as the promotion of educational exchanges:

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Richard Stengel, former Managing Editor of Time magazine and President Obama’s nominee for Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) this coming Thursday for his confirmation hearing.

Committee chairman Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will preside over the hearing, which will be held at 10:30 am in room 419 of the Senate Dirksen building.

A live webcast will be available here.

In an effort to “revamp America’s ‘digital diplomacy’ efforts,” the Department of State has tapped Macon Phillips to lead its Bureau of International Information Programs, the Washington Post reports.  Phillips was the 2008 Obama campaign’s “digital guru” and has been responsible for many White House digital innovations, including its “We The People” online petition site. Phillips will report to former Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel, who has been nominated as Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs [the Alliance reported].

President Obama nominated yesterday Richard Stengel, Managing Editor of Time magazine, to be Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, according to a White House press announcement.

Richard Stengel, Managing Editor of Time magazine, is likely to be nominated to succeed Tara Sonenshine as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, various news sources including the New York Times and Politico report.

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