"...There really is no longer anything foreign about foreign policy." -- Secretary of State John Kerry
That's why Secretary Kerry participated in a live conversation with American citizens from across the country in a Google+ "Hangout at State" titled "The U.S. in the World: What's in it for us?" The Hangout, moderated by NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, was the first for a Secretary of State, and was an opportunity for the Secretary to discuss the impact that our involvement abroad has here at home. Those who participated in the Hangout included:
- Lieutenant Colonel Adolfo Garcia, a decorated U.S. Marine with 20 years of service who has been deployed to Afghanistan twice;
- Sarah Hill, a host and digital storyteller for the Veterans United Network, which is the broadcast channel for Veterans United;
- Corrie Frasier, who leads Plus Social Good -- a new community inspired by the Social Goods Summit;
- Andrew White, the president of Comptus, Inc., a leading producer of atmospheric and weather instruments and controls in Thornton, New Hampshire; and
- Emily McKhann, co-founder of the popular, award-winning web community, The Motherhood, and one of Parents Magazine's Most Powerful Moms on the Web.
What are the foreign policy issues you care about the most, and why? Tell us in the comments section below. Perhaps one of your suggestions will be the topic of a future “Hangout at State,” because today’s event kicked off our new online series. The “Hangout at State” series will bring together people – like you – across national borders to discuss with U.S. government leaders the day’s most important foreign policy issues. So, share your thoughts here on DipNote, as well as Facebook and Google+, and stay tuned for our next Hangout! You can watch today’s Hangout with Secretary Kerry in its entirety here.
About the Author: Victoria Esser serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.