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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.
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