Continuing the Conversation: Ask the Secretary

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 17, 2009
Secretary Clinton Greets Employees

"Ask the Secretary" is a new online interactive forum that can allow you to connect with Secretary Clinton directly. While Secretary Clinton travels across the world, you can submit your questions for her using this form. Ask the Secretary your questions now about her travel to Asia. Secretary Clinton will select various questions to answer, and they will be posted to



New York, USA
February 21, 2009

Martha in New York writes:

I am concerned about John Solecki, the UN aid worker, who was kidnapped in Quetta, Pakistan, on February 2. I understand that the UN is the lead agency regarding negotiating for his release. However, Mr. Solecki, as a U.S. citizen working in a foreign country, should have the benefit of the involvement of the State Department.

I do not think that the State Department should leave the resolution of this grave situation to the UN alone. Communication with the Pakistan government on the part of the State Department urging its involvement with his captors is urgently needed.

I cannot imagine a more devastatingly lonely and terrifying experience than to be held by captors who threaten ending your life. This situation is clearly an outrageous human rights violation and should be a priority with Secretary Clinton. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton could find time during her China tour to call President Zardari regarding the release of Mr. Solecki, as Mr.Ki-Moon did on February 16.


art b.
New York, USA
March 29, 2009

Art B. in New York writes:

You called General Petraeus a liar before the full senate!

Don't you owe him an apology/ you hopefully have the courage to answer this

United States
April 21, 2009

Matt in U.S.A. writes:

Secretary Clinton:

I aspire to become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and am currently deciding whether or not to go to school for my Master's in International Security. I was wondering if you have any advice for future FSOs, and whether or not you think the $100,000+ in loans is worth it -- or necessary -- to become an FSO.

Thanks! Best of luck.

New York, USA
June 9, 2009

Jean in New York writes:

As a U.S. citizen, is the time I spend abroad limited -- can I spend an indefinite period of time abroad? Do I need to spend a certain period of time back in the U.S.? If I rent an apartment in another country, can I stay there indefinitely?




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