DipNote: The Week in Review

Posted by Ruth Bennett
October 25, 2010
Secretary Clinton With Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi

About the Author: Ruth Bennett serves as an Editor and Community Manager at DipNote.

Much attention this week centered on Pakistan, as Secretary Clinton and Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, accompanied by high-level delegations, met in Washington on October 20-22, for the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue. You can read Secretary Clinton's remarks from these meetings here and here, and read the joint statement released by the U.S. and Pakistan here. We also told you about some other visitors from Pakistan: eight winners of the "Pakistan Fast Growth 25," who received entrepreneurship training at Harvard, and five water management experts here for discussions under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Other regions in DipNote news this week: Senior officials briefed on U.S. diplomatic efforts on Sudan, ahead of the January referenda; Secretary Clinton spoke at the U.S. Northern Ireland Economic Conference (read here why trade is so vital for the peace process); and the U.S. congratulated the people of Kyrgyzstan on their recent elections. Afghan Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi spoke to audiences in Brussels, Paris, and The Hague on a USNATO-sponsored program, and we took a look at civilian-military coordination in four eastern Afghan provinces. Our photo of the week captured a behind-the-scenes look at Secretary Clinton's recent travel to Brussels, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo, and U.S. Embassy Georgetown captured our hearts with the good work of "Continuing Promise 2010." Our weekly look at ART in EMBASSIES took us to Baghdad for the works of environmentalist artist Alexis Rockman, and a look at cultural diplomacy took us back to the Battle of Waterloo -- on a miniature scale. On the home front, we celebrated the opening of the newest passport agency, in Buffalo, New York.

Three very different stories this week explored themes of support and empowerment. Ambassador Cousin wrote about the care given to preventing malnutrition and ensuring the high quality of food assistance. The Office of Global Women's Issues described the freedom and opportunities made possible by mobile technology. And Secretary Clinton offered a message of hope and encouragement to LGBT youth and to all who are faced with bullying.

Did you notice that our roundup of global stories didn't include content this week from the East Asia/Pacific region? Watch for substantial coverage of that part of the world in the coming days, as the Secretary travels to Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia. In the meantime, you can check out the question of the week (now in a new easy-to-find spot on DipNote's right-hand sidebar!): As the United States enhances its engagement in the Pacific, what regional issues should top the agenda, and why? We look forward to hearing your thoughts.



October 25, 2010

Irtaza in Pakistan writes:

Well, I'd confine myself to just Pakistan. I see the beginning of a new era of bilateral relations between Pakistan and USA. The level of confidence and trust is improving, and the deeds have started speaking louder than the words.
I want to draw the attention of US authorities towards an important point. Ensure spending of aid funds on under-developed and flood-hit areas like South Punjab. I know some good programmes like teaching schoolchildren English etc are already underway but still much more has to be done.
The US and its allies suspect that the Pakistani Taliban and extremists get lots of raw material in terms of youths from this region.
We can make a big difference by adopting three initial measures:
1--Engagement of opinion leaders of South Punjab with the US
2--Launching of more education-based programmes, and
3--Projects for rehabilitation of flood-hit people.
The area of engagement can be expanded later on once it is launched.
So far the whole funds given by the USA and the programmes launched by Americans disappear either in Islamabad or its surroundings. And, therefore, they fail to achieve desired goals (The situation can be gauged from the fact that despite spending billions of dollars during the last 50 years, the Americans are still considered enemy in Pakistan). If the you want to win the hearts and minds of Pakistanis, you'll have to ensure proper spending of aid funds and their utilization on "actual target universe" instead of the ones with already inflated pockets and stomachs.

New Mexico, USA
October 25, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I'm wondering if Dipnote will be covering the "Inside the State Dept." National Geographic special that is to be aired today?

Can we get this on a full length DoS webcast?

Or perhaps a live link if it's accessable via internet?



P.S. what's the week ahead look like?

DipNote Bloggers reply

Eric, we should be able to publish video tomorrow of the Secretary's remarks this evening. For details on the show itself, including broadcast times, please visit National Geographic: "http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/inside-the-state-departmen..."

New Mexico, USA
October 25, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Thanks for the link, I look forward to seeing it.

usman c.
October 25, 2010

Usman C. in Pakistan writes:

The question to be noted is why American are hated despite granting much aid to Pakistan. Actually, if you wanna know the reason of people, you have to see the results of polls. The results shows that the majority of people hate US, they hate taliban and even they dont want military operation in the troubled areas. Why it is so? They dont trust any of these elements. They hate American because they consider its the US who is not the enemy of Pakistan because of Taliban or such groups but its because we are Muslim. They hate American when they attack by drone, they hate American when they sentence Dr. Aafia who is considered the victim by the US army, they hate Americans because of no Iraq war, they also hate Americans due to attack on Afghanistan, they criticize Americans when they dont speak on the violations of Israel attack on Palestine or Lebanon, they even hate them when US is suppirting India (whom Pakistani consider its enemy due to its behavior towards Pakistan) and they even hate Americans because its silent when Indian forces violate human rights in Kashmir and many more thousands of such examples are before them. So its very hard to create better image before people of Pakistan until it dont stop interference in Pakistan's internal affairs by CIA or blackwater like agencies whose activities have come forth and overt by many local papers and journals and other electronic means of media.

John P.
October 25, 2010

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico

Great link indeed, I watched the promo video several times.


However, you also "reminded" me of a great article I had read in State Mag, back in Sep. of 2006.

Secret Service guys are heroes! I think nobody can comment or argue on this.

I will sound like a child, but “Soldier dogs” are "heroes" too. (CHUCKLE)

I loved this shepherd…

And, I have an idea: please guys in DipNote give us an article about this. Call a special on this issue (SD dogs’ training etc.) to write a post.


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