From Williston to Fargo: The State Department's Impact on North Dakota

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#State4States: The Department of State has direct impact on the state of North Dakota

From Williston to Fargo: The State Department's Impact on North Dakota

On behalf of the American people, the State Department promotes and demonstrates democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. By leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance, the Department keeps the American people safe both at home and abroad and advances our shared economic prosperity. The State Department directly impacts the “Peace Garden State” of North Dakota through addiction prevention programs, defense collaboration, and scientific cooperation.

First, Minot State University is a member of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs-supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. The Consortium facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment, and public health interventions. The Consortium also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach, and advocacy, and ultimately supports North Dakota’s communities.

Second, the State Department facilitates the North Dakota National Guard’s State Partnership Programs (SPP) with Ghana, founded in 2004, and with Togo and Benin, founded in 2014. The State Partnership Program links a state’s National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. Through these SPPs, the North Dakota National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements with counterparts in support of defense security goals. The SPP has become a key U.S. security cooperation tool, facilitating collaboration across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encouraging people-to-people ties at the state level.

Finally, the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) supports biodiversity conservation efforts and scientific collaboration. OES advocates in meetings on the Convention of Biological Diversity for the continued conservation of pollinators. Pollinators contribute $24 billion to the national economy and are vital to North Dakota’s economy— they contribute $223 million for potatoes, $127 million for sunflowers, and $198 million for alfalfa which is vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy. OES also facilitates scientific collaboration between scientists in North Dakota and scientists in other countries. Researchers from North Dakota State University received funding from the OES-supported Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program, which facilitates scientific cooperation and benefits North Dakota-based researchers in a number of areas.

From Williston to Fargo, the State Department positively impacts North Dakota by supporting its communities and promoting collaboration. North Dakota, in turn, positively impacts the world, from Pakistan to Togo, and beyond.

Find out more about the Department of State's impact in American communities at Department of State by State.

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