This Week at State: March 10, 2017

3 minutes read time

This Week at State: March 10, 2017

Concerned you missed key foreign policy coverage over the last week? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. In our This Week at State posts, we’ll distill -- all in one place -- the latest State Department highlights covering a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives.

Here are a few things you should know from this week at the U.S. Department of State:

President Trump signed Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States

On March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. Following this action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joined Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to deliver remarks about this Executive Order’s importance to our national security.

Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, and China

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.), and China March 15-19, his first visit as Secretary to the East Asia and Pacific region. In each country, Secretary Tillerson will meet with senior officials to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues, including strategic coordination to address the advancing nuclear and missile threat from the D.P.R.K., and reaffirm the Administration’s commitment to further broaden and enhance U.S. economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

Follow Secretary Tillerson’s travel to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing via @StateDept on Twitter, Facebook, and visit the Department’s Flickr account for the latest trip photos. 

International Women’s Day

On International Women's Day, the U.S. Department of State joined other Federal Government agencies and the international community to celebrate the critical progress made toward securing a brighter future of adolescent girls and young women around the globe, and to focus on expanding their access to education, healthcare, and jobs.

“Women’s empowerment is a strategic investment in our future. In order to realize the full return on this investment, women and girls must have the tools they need to succeed. That means ensuring that girls grow up safe, educated, and healthy, and that women and girls are free from violence in the home, in their communities, at school, and at work.”

- State Department Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner, Statement on International Women’s Day

State Department Announced 2017 Global Partnerships Week

The U.S. Department of State announced the launch of Global Partnerships Week 2017 which runs March 6-12, 2017 and celebrates the critical role public-private partnerships play in promoting diplomacy and development around the world. The week is an effort led by the Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Concordia, and PeaceTech Lab.

Follow the State Department on Twitter and Facebook for additional information and updates.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears on the U.S. Department of State's publication on