Bringing Foreign Policy Into the Classroom

Posted by Rainy Young
September 20, 2013
Secretary Kerry Speaks With Students at the University of Virginia

“There is no longer anything foreign about foreign policy,” Secretary of State John Kerry said when he delivered his first major public address at the University of Virginia -- founded by Thomas Jefferson, America’s first Secretary of State.  “More than ever before, the decisions that we make from the safety of our shores don’t just ripple outward; they also create a current right here in America.”

Engaging the American public to advance the U.S. Department of State’s work at home and abroad is a top priority for Secretary Kerry and the Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs is charged with accomplishing that mission. 

As part of the Bureau’s ongoing domestic outreach efforts, the Office of Public Liaison will be hosting several events during this year’s 68th Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.  Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman will discuss UNGA priorities at the City College of New York and New York University.  To RSVP for a discussion on Wednesday, September 25, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the City College of New York’s Colin L. Powell’s School for Civil and Global Leadership, please click here.  To attend a briefing on “The U.N. Millennium Developmental Goals: A Success Story for Global Cooperation” on Thursday, September 26, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at New York University’s School of Public Service, please click here. Both events are open to university students and faculty members and require advance registration.

These two events are examples of the types of foreign policy briefings the Office of Public Liaison arranges for domestic audiences, connecting the American people with the work of the Department.  The Public Liaison staff also engages civil society through conferences and other events in Washington, D.C. and around the United States.  Learn more about the Office of Public Liaison here and contact us for more information about or to participate in one of our programs.  Be sure also to visit, where you can find more information about U.S. engagement at UNGA and how you can stay connected with the Department.

About the Author: Rainy Young serves as Director of Public Liaison.



Rechard L.
United States
October 9, 2013

nice information and good job !

Eric J.
New Mexico, USA
October 9, 2013
Philip J. Crowley @PJCrowley Just got a rather educational tweet from P.J. Crowley, former Assist Sec of State and Dept. least someone has found a solution! "With chaos in Washington, we could follow #Ireland: eliminate the #House, end the shutdown, celebrate at the bar." I didn't know the Irish did that....what a creative and elegent solution to political gridlock!!! "foreign affairs in the classroom" ....OK, but will that include Congressional "head start" enrollment??? Or should class be dismissed? (chuckle). I'm thinking of "the Church lady's" refrain of Saturday Night Live may echo down the halls of government in a commanding screech... "class,...Class,....CLASS!!! , default "wouldn't be prudent"! I see also that Irish democracy survived the experience ....(grin). EJ


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