The State Department is launching a new podcast, called Inside Economic Diplomacy which gives us the chance to share and discuss the most intriguing aspects of our diplomatic efforts.
Diplomacy is an ever-changing art. In the 21st century, more than ever before, economics is driving that change and defining how countries conduct business. In one of his first speeches, John Kerry stressed the importance of conducting our policy “not just in terms of the threats we face, but the products that we buy, the goods that we sell, and the opportunity that we provide for economic growth and vitality.” Secretary Kerry has often said that “economic policy is foreign policy and foreign policy is economic policy” and he has challenged all Foreign Service Officers to think of themselves as economic officers.
As Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, my job is to ensure that we translate that vision into action every day. Our officers overseas and in Washington are engaged in some of the most compelling work at the Department to promote prosperity, increase trade, and protect global security through economic diplomacy. Theirs are the stories I truly admire and am constantly fascinated by, and these efforts deserve to be heard.
Each episode of Inside Economic Diplomacy will tell a different story about how the State Department conducts economic policy. The subjects will be wide ranging – from sovereign debt negotiations to conflict diamonds to women’s economic empowerment. With each installment we’ll explore U.S. foreign policy in action and give voice to the diplomats who shape and carry out these efforts at home and abroad.
About the Author: Charles H. Rivkin serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.