DipNote: The Week in Review

February 21, 2011
Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks on Internet Freedom

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

This week, Secretary Clinton delivered keynote addresses on internet freedom and U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. With General Cartwright and Under Secretary Burns, the Secretary participated in a bipartisan briefing with senators, where they discussed recent events in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, and how the United States is working to support Egypt as it works toward an open, accountable, and representative government.

At the State Department, Secretary Clinton hosted the first-ever Strategic Dialogue With Civil Society and celebrated 50 years of citizen diplomacy. Joined by Under Secretary Judith McHale and Assistant Secretary Ann Stock, Secretary Clinton said, "I believe very strongly that in the 21st century, statecraft cannot just be government-to-government. It has to be government-to-people, and most importantly, people-to-people."Senior Advisor Tillemann said this was the first time the Secretary inaugurated a strategic dialogue with a partner other than a foreign government.

The Secretary also met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Gryshchenko for the third meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission and signed the bilateral Cooperation Plan on Combating Human Trafficking in Ukraine.

In addition to the Secretary's internet freedom speech, Alec Ross and Daniel Baer held an online discussion, where they discussed how people around the world have been empowered by social media, and Assistant Secretary Michael Posner held a conversation with Leslie Harris on the State Department's internet freedom strategy. Furthermore, New Media Director Katie Dowd introduced Opinion Space 3.0, a new, social media technology that helps communities generate and exchange ideas about important issues and policies.

The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) continues to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Since 1910, EAP has played a role in creating important and long-standing alliances, encouraging trans-Pacific commerce, and providing developmental assistance. Our Photo of the Week comes from the Philippines, where the United States sponsors a many activities to form closer bonds and create better understanding between Americans and the people in the Asia-Pacific region. American diplomat Melanie Higgins describes how her family has seen U.S. engagement in the region from both personal and professional vantage points. Presently serving in Indonesia, Melanie watched as a hospital wing in Papua was dedicated in honor of her grandmother, a nurse who had served there during World War II.

Under Secretary Hormats described how the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) is expanding economic opportunity and creating jobs in emerging markets, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Pyatt shared his experiences in Dhaka, and Under Secretary Otero participated in a symposium in Nepal on disaster management. USAID's Robert Sauers discussed a project in Kunduz Province that seeks to promote a robust rule of law environment in Afghanistan.

In Zimbabwe, more than 70 Zimbabwean arts managers learned and discussed some of the most fundamental management principles from Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In Washington, U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) convened a forum to become more efficient and achieve greater impact in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and we had the opportunity to hear from Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, and David Morrissey, Executive Director of the United States International Council on Disabilities, on international disability rights.

We appreciate your feedback and comments, and we look forward to hearing you from you in the week ahead.

Comments

Comments

solangul f.
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Germany
February 21, 2011

Solangul F. in Germany writes:

Woow Nice blog Thanks.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
February 21, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

The taliban have given the Secretary their answer by blowing people up and Ghaddafi has given his response to US insistance on dealing with protesters in a peaceful manner by shooting 200 dead in one day according to multiple sources on the ground there.

At the same time Bahrain has listened and acted on the good advice of US senior officials and taken a new approach and a dialoge has begun with their protesters.

I think it shows that the greater the ties, the better able we are to wield influence in keeping the peace.

What I want to know is beyond any condemnation, what is my government prepared to do about folks that get stuck in stupid mode at the violent expense of the people?

Perhaps PJ Crowley would take the question and enlighten the masses along with the press?

When folks are calling in to CNN and making personal appeal to Obama to "come help us, please!" to stop the slaughter, I think inaction will equate with indifference in their minds, despite anything said.

It's in the doing that this nation will retain the respect and trust of folks seeking freedom.

As for the taliban, until they are starved of bullets and munitions, they won't be coming down out of the hills to walk a path of peace.

This is a hard and fast "given" in trying to end a conflict by political means.

You can't have reconciliation until the taliban are convinced they can't win, and bein' stuck on stupid, they are going to take some serious convincing on the kinetic level.

So will those who supply them.

So the sooner you do that, the better off a lot of other folks in Afghanistan will be because of it.

I don't want to hear excuses or claims of inability or lack of capacity, or anything less than our willingness as a government to stand up to these idiots and deal with them in an effective and permanent manner.

Peace demands no less from us.

EJ

Pam
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West Virginia, USA
February 21, 2011

Pam in West Virginia writes:

Amazing how much is going on in world when all we see is the middle east.

DrG
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West Virginia, USA
February 21, 2011

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Sec'y Hillary's "gov't to people" campaign harkens one back to the Up With People campaign and popular song of the 60's.

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