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Conversations With America: Building Americans’ Engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted by DipNote Bloggers / September 10, 2012

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, will hold a conversation with Jennifer Cooke, Director of the Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and John Norris, Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American Progress, on "Building Americans' Engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa." The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available… more »

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Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton at the APEC 2012 Summit in Vladivostok

Posted by DipNote Bloggers / September 09, 2012

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Vladivostok, Russia, where she led the U.S. delegation to the 20th Annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' meeting, September 8-9. APEC is the premier forum for U.S. economic engagement with the Asia-Pacific region. Secretary Clinton discussed trade liberalization, food security, and green growth, including initiatives to fight wildlife trafficking, with heads of state and other regional leaders, including business representatives.

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Posted under: East Asia and the Pacific

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Girls Rule the (Sports) World: Mentoring the Next Generation of Global Women Leaders in Sports

Posted by Ann Stock / September 07, 2012

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

On Thursday, I met with 17 inspiring women from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Macedonia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Individually, they're up-and-comers in the world of sports -- as athletes, coaches, reporters, and managers. Together, they're the inaugural class of the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program. The group arrived at the State Department this morning for an orientation to kick off their month-long mentorships with leading American women in sports-related fields.

For the next four weeks, these emerging leaders will work alongside their American mentors from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut,… more »

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Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Makes Historic First Visit to Brunei Darussalam

Posted by Deidra D. Avendasora / September 07, 2012

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About the Author: Deidra D. Avendasora serves as Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Brunei.

Brunei Darussalam is known as the Abode of Peace, so it was particularly fitting that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's historical first visit to the country promoted U.S.-ASEAN cooperation in general, as well as specifically through the launch of the U.S.-Brunei English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN.

Located on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia and… more »

Posted under: East Asia and the Pacific

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Photo of the Week: Secretary Clinton Visits Cooperativa Cafe Timor

Posted by Sarah Goldfarb / September 07, 2012

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

Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from Bernardino Soares of the U.S. Embassy in Dili, where Secretary Clinton became the first-ever U.S. Secretary of State to visit Timor-Leste on September 6. The photograph shows Secretary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste Judith R. Fergin as they are greeted by traditional dancers at a coffee-processing factory owned by the Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT). Secretary Clinton traveled to Timor-Leste as part of a six country trip to the Pacific, East Asia, and Russia.

According to USAID, CCT is the country's largest cooperative with more than 21,000 farmer members and employing 3,000 workers during the coffee harvest and processing season from July to December. Working with USAID, CCT has now moved to extend the coffee cooperative model to other crops, including cloves, cacao, black pepper and cassava, benefiting farmers across… more »

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