Secretary Clinton on the Foreign Policy Priorities of the Obama Administration

HFAC Photo, Secretary Clinton with Howard Berman

At the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Howard Berman (D-CA) held a hearing on April 22, 2009 on New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama Administration. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took center stage:

“I want to begin by recognizing and thanking the men and women of the State Department and USAID, who are serving our country around the clock and around the world. I’m extremely proud of their work. With their talents, and under President Obama’s leadership, we have put forward a new diplomacy powered by partnership, pragmatism, and principle.

Our priorities are clear. We are deploying the tools of diplomacy and development along with military power. We are securing historic alliances, working with emerging regional powers, and seeking new avenues of engagement. We’re addressing the existing and emerging challenges that will define our century: climate change, weak states, rogue regimes, criminal cartels, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, poverty, and disease. We’re advancing our values and our interests by promoting human rights and fostering conditions that allow every individual to live up to their God-given potential.

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Secretary Clinton on the Foreign Policy Priorities of the Obama Administration

HFAC Photo, Secretary Clinton with Howard Berman

At the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Howard Berman (D-CA) held a hearing on April 22, 2009 on New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama Administration. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took center stage:

“I want to begin by recognizing and thanking the men and women of the State Department and USAID, who are serving our country around the clock and around the world. I’m extremely proud of their work. With their talents, and under President Obama’s leadership, we have put forward a new diplomacy powered by partnership, pragmatism, and principle.

Our priorities are clear. We are deploying the tools of diplomacy and development along with military power. We are securing historic alliances, working with emerging regional powers, and seeking new avenues of engagement. We’re addressing the existing and emerging challenges that will define our century: climate change, weak states, rogue regimes, criminal cartels, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, poverty, and disease. We’re advancing our values and our interests by promoting human rights and fostering conditions that allow every individual to live up to their God-given potential.

Full Committee Testimony:

Webcast
(Real Player Download)

State Department Video and Transcript of Remarks

Ambassador Chris Hill Gets Face Time with POTUS

White House Photo

Here’s the WH readout on the meeting: “Earlier this week, Ambassador Hill was confirmed by the Senate to serve as our Ambassador to Iraq. Ambassador Hill will head to Iraq this week, and the President wanted to speak with him before he leaves for his important new post. They discussed the current situation in Iraq and the need to make political progress.”

Folks were probably waiting for this to happen before he gets his public swearing in at Foggy Bottom with the Secretary, and then off to Iraq. We’ll see if that’s how it’ll play out this time.
One on one with VPOTUS here.

Update 4/25:
I don’t know what happened to the official swearing in, haven’t seen anything out of Foggy Bottom yesterday. But Baghdad now has Chris Hill. He arrived in Baghdad on April 24, 2009, three days after his confirmation to begin serving as America’s Ambassador to Iraq. AP reports that Ambassador Hill formally presented his credentials Friday to Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari but made no public statements.

Ambassador Chris Hill Gets Face Time with POTUS

White House Photo

Here’s the WH readout on the meeting: “Earlier this week, Ambassador Hill was confirmed by the Senate to serve as our Ambassador to Iraq. Ambassador Hill will head to Iraq this week, and the President wanted to speak with him before he leaves for his important new post. They discussed the current situation in Iraq and the need to make political progress.”

Folks were probably waiting for this to happen before he gets his public swearing in at Foggy Bottom with the Secretary, and then off to Iraq. We’ll see if that’s how it’ll play out this time.
One on one with VPOTUS here.

Update 4/25:
I don’t know what happened to the official swearing in, haven’t seen anything out of Foggy Bottom yesterday. But Baghdad now has Chris Hill. He arrived in Baghdad on April 24, 2009, three days after his confirmation to begin serving as America’s Ambassador to Iraq. AP reports that Ambassador Hill formally presented his credentials Friday to Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari but made no public statements.

Officially In: Eric P. Schwartz to PRM

President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Eric P. Schwartz, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

Eric P. Schwartz is Executive Director of the Connect U.S. Fund, a foundation/NGO initiative focused on foreign and international affairs, and Visiting Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Between 2005 and 2007, he served as UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, working to promote coordination, accountability to donors and beneficiaries, and best practices in the recovery effort. Prior to that, he served as lead expert on conflict prevention and reconstruction for the Congressionally mandated Task Force on United Nations Reform, and as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Between 1993 and 2001, Schwartz served at the National Security Council, ultimately as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs. For eight years, he was the NSC official responsible for refugee issues, and managed Administration policy responses on the rescue of Kurdish refugees from Northern Iraq, the resettlement of Vietnamese boat people, and safe haven for Haitian refugees and Kosovars.

Prior to that, he served at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he was responsible for most of the Committee’s work on Asian refugee issues, including Vietnamese boat people, Laotian refugees and the U.S. immigration issues relating to the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong.


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President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Eric P. Schwartz, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

Eric P. Schwartz is Executive Director of the Connect U.S. Fund, a foundation/NGO initiative focused on foreign and international affairs, and Visiting Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Between 2005 and 2007, he served as UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, working to promote coordination, accountability to donors and beneficiaries, and best practices in the recovery effort. Prior to that, he served as lead expert on conflict prevention and reconstruction for the Congressionally mandated Task Force on United Nations Reform, and as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Between 1993 and 2001, Schwartz served at the National Security Council, ultimately as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs. For eight years, he was the NSC official responsible for refugee issues, and managed Administration policy responses on the rescue of Kurdish refugees from Northern Iraq, the resettlement of Vietnamese boat people, and safe haven for Haitian refugees and Kosovars.

Prior to that, he served at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he was responsible for most of the Committee’s work on Asian refugee issues, including Vietnamese boat people, Laotian refugees and the U.S. immigration issues relating to the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong.


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Officially In: Kurt Campbell to the EAP Bureau

Map from the State Department/EAP

President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Kurt Campbell for Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP Bureau).

Dr. Kurt Campbell is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an organization dedicated to advancing a strong, centrist national security strategy. He concurrently serves as director of the Aspen Strategy Group and as chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair in National Security Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Campbell is also the founder of StratAsia, a strategic advisory firm focused on Asia.

He has been a contributing writer to the New York Times, an on-air commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, and a consultant to ABC News. Previously, Campbell served in several capacities in government, including as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia and the Pacific in the Pentagon, a director on the National Security Council Staff, deputy special counselor to the president for NAFTA in the White House, and White House fellow at the Department of the Treasury. For his service, he received the Department of Defense Medals for Distinguished Public Service and for Outstanding Public Service.

Campbell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Wasatch Group, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was also associate professor of public policy and international relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and assistant director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Campbell also served as the Co-Chairman of the recently completed 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Fund. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in the Chief of Naval Operations Special Intelligence Unit.

He received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, a certificate in music and politics from the University of Erevan in the Soviet Union, and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University as a Marshall scholar.


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Officially In: Kurt Campbell to the EAP Bureau

Map from the State Department/EAP

President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Kurt Campbell for Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP Bureau).

Dr. Kurt Campbell is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an organization dedicated to advancing a strong, centrist national security strategy. He concurrently serves as director of the Aspen Strategy Group and as chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair in National Security Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Campbell is also the founder of StratAsia, a strategic advisory firm focused on Asia.

He has been a contributing writer to the New York Times, an on-air commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, and a consultant to ABC News. Previously, Campbell served in several capacities in government, including as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia and the Pacific in the Pentagon, a director on the National Security Council Staff, deputy special counselor to the president for NAFTA in the White House, and White House fellow at the Department of the Treasury. For his service, he received the Department of Defense Medals for Distinguished Public Service and for Outstanding Public Service.

Campbell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Wasatch Group, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was also associate professor of public policy and international relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and assistant director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Campbell also served as the Co-Chairman of the recently completed 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Fund. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in the Chief of Naval Operations Special Intelligence Unit.

He received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, a certificate in music and politics from the University of Erevan in the Soviet Union, and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University as a Marshall scholar.


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