Twelve Stories You May Have Missed in 2012

Posted by Mike Hammer
December 24, 2012
Secretary Clinton Meets With Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the State Department

Here are just a few stories that you may have missed from the Department of State in 2012:

1. The U.S. Department of State designated January 2012 as 21st Century Statecraft Month, which kicked-off a year-long commitment to digital engagement, including our first nine-language Twitter Q&A and first Persian-language Google+ Hangout.

2. The State Department announced improvements to the visa process and a decrease in the interview wait times in key tourism markets, such as Brazil and China, as part of the State Department's support for the President's travel and tourism initiatives.

3. Through Economic Statecraft, Secretary Clinton placed economics and market forces at the center of U.S. foreign policy.

4. Secretary Clinton set a record as she visited her 100th country as Secretary of State.

5. The State Department marked the first year of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a blueprint for elevating American civilian power.

6. World leaders gathered for the 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York, and the State Department took you behind the scenes as our diplomats addressed issues related to Africa, the Near East, and the Western Hemisphere.

7. Secretary Clinton honored Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during an historic visit to Washington, DC, and Suu Kyi recognized the staff of Radio Free Asia and Voice of America -- the people who produced the radio shows she listened to ever day while she was under house arrest.

8. The world celebrated the first-ever International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, and Secretary Clinton pledged U.S. support for efforts to address and prevent child marriage.

9. Secretary Clinton convened an international effort to combat wildlife trafficking and promote conservation.

10. The United States provided nearly $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those affected by the violence in Syria and in neighboring countries.

11. Secretary Clinton released a blueprint for an AIDS-free generation.

12. Secretary Clinton discussed opportunities and challenges for U.S. foreign policy at Foreign Policy's "Transformational Trends 2013" Forum.



New Mexico, USA
December 26, 2012

EJ in New Mexico writes:

@ Mike Hammer/Dipnote staff/contributors @ State, and folks commenting from around the world;

Happy Holidays and a peaceful New Year to you and your's!


@ Sec. Clinton, Hope you are feeling better, and thanks for being such a great public servant! Retirement is just a "paid vacation" (chuckle), so have fun with it while it lasts!

( I strongly suspect you'll be called upon to do some freelance "special envoy" diplomacy sometime in the future)

leïla c.
December 31, 2012

Leila C. in France writes:

I bow to Secretary Clinton's tremendous work.

I hopefully think she will be the next President of the US.

As a woman she has the energies the world is in need for.

Secretary Clinton's sensibility and authority are beautifully balanced, and her competences are not to be proved anymore. So I think that whatever she does or will do, Secretary Clinton is and will be the right woman at the right place.

Happy New Year to her.

Massachusetts, USA
December 31, 2012

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

@ Secretary Clinton

A speedy recovery for a remarkable woman who is a great inspiration to so many!

Thanks for the post Mike Hammer. Happy New Year to all.

Sue F.
New Mexico, USA
January 1, 2013

Sue F. in New Mexico writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I am praying for your immediate recovery. You have represented the U.S. honorably and brought intelligence and grace to our foreign policy. Please take the time to get well and be good to yourself. If you run for president again, you will have my complete support in any thing I can do.

Sue F., a college professor in NM

Lafayette N.
January 1, 2013

Lafayette N. in Brazil writes:

Salvador city, capital of the brazilian state of Bahia, third brazilian city in population,undisputable center of african diaspora in Brazil, with a second class american consulate that does not issue visas. The biggest city in brazilian north, second only to São Paulo and Rio, must send those wantig an american visa 800 kms northward, to Recife city, in order to apply. Its not reasonable, not fair,why? Because of the negro population of Salvador da Bahia? Now you have an afro american President already on second term, a golden moment to repair this unjustice with the citizens of this old portuguese brazilian colonial town, the first capital of portuguese America, that from 1549 to 1763 was the head city of all Brazil, and was ranked second to Recife by criteria that have surely become obsolete by now.

The Chinese freed brazilian from visas for short visits. Until visas remains a must for brazilians visiting the US, please consider issuing visas at the consulate in Salvador da Bahia de todos os Santos, or cidade do Salvador, or cidade da Bahia.

Thank you.

Michael E.
United States
January 1, 2013

Michael E. in the U.S.A. writes:

Secretary Clinton, Happy New Year to you and President Clinton. I have always loved President Clinton and consider you to be one of the best statesmen we have ever had in America. I pray for your speedy recovery and know that you will be fine. I am looking forward to your running for President in 2016. I sincerely hope that you will positively consider running for the office. There is no one in the World with the experience, intelligence, diplomacy and grace you consistently display in all you do. Of all the people in the World, you are the one person I would love to meet and thank for all you have done, and continue to do for international relations and for me, personally. All the best in the New Year to you and Bill.

Arizona, USA
January 1, 2013

Richard in Arizona writes:

@ Secretary Clinton

Get Well Quickly! Happy New Year!

Thoughts and prayers on your speedy recovery in Jesus' name! Amen!

Jeanne W.
California, USA
January 1, 2013

Jeanne W. in California writes:

Please get better soon!! I really didn't realize how important you have been to women in a leadership role until I thought you might be too sick to do it. Glad it is not as serious as I first feared! I told my husband...nothing can happen to her! It would not be good for our country or women in general! Hoping for your recovery and thank you for all you do! Your professionalism and the way you carry yourself: you are definitely a serious role model for women who have a career!


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