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Reinventing America’s Place in the World Panel Discussion New College 50th Anniversary February 12, 2011 The Revolution Will Not Be Televisedtweeted
To lead in this new century, we must often lead in new ways. To advance American interests and values and to lead other nations in solving shared problems in the21st century, we must rely on our diplomats and development experts as the first face of American power. We must lead through civilian power.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ClintonSeptember 8, 2010
Diplomatic Challenges and Opportunities A New Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Landscape • Emergence of new centers of influence • Diffusion of economic power Diffusion of Power to Non-State Actors • As new partners • As new threats Growing Costs of Conflict , Crisis, and State Weakness • 36 active conflicts, 55 fragile states • Acute natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies • Military and civilian missions increasingly overlap The Pace of Global Events Has Accelerated • Technological innovation • New connectivity The Line Between Domestic and International Politics has Blurred • Evolving role of public opinion • States’ domestic agencies are increasingly working abroad to fulfill mandate
Diplomacy and Development Diplomacy for the 21st Century Leading the Implementation of Global Civilian Operations Adapting Diplomacy to Meeting New Challenges Engaging beyond the State Supporting our diplomats as they take on new missions Transforming Development to Deliver Results Focusing our investments Practicing high-impact development Preventing and Responding to Crisis and Conflict Working Smarter: Reforming Our Personnel, Procurement and Planning Capabilities
21st Century Statecraft We’re working to leverage the power and potential of what I call 21st Century statecraft. Part of our approach is to embrace new tools, like using cell phones for mobile banking or to monitor elections. But we’re also reaching to the people behind these tools, the innovators and entrepreneurs themselves. – Secretary Clinton, Oct. 15, 2010, San Francisco
Five Key Freedoms of the Internet Age Freedom of Speech: Blogs, emails, text messages have opened up new forums for the exchange of ideas. Freedom of Worship: The Internet enhances people’s ability to worship as they see fit. Freedom from Want: Online connections expand people’s knowledge and economic opportunities including locating new markets. Freedom from Fear: Those who disrupt the free flow of information threaten individual liberties and the world’s economy and civil society. Freedom to Connect: Connecting with others near and far offers unprecedented opportunities for human cooperation.
Mobile Word Processing Equipment Issued to Foreign Service Orientation Class November 1980
eDiplomacy Created in 2002
Social Mediaat State Beyond the Firewall Professional Networking Behind the Firewall
The Virtual Student Foreign Service, launched by Secretary Clinton in 2009, partners American students with our diplomatic missions to conduct outreach online and to harness the power of people in the U.S. For example, following the Haiti earthquake in January 2009, students at Tufts University helped translate Creole text messages so that relief workers could better target their work. The State Department’s Virtual Presence Post (VPP) program helps a U.S. Embassy or Consulate mobilize available diplomatic outreach tools, including travel, programs, media, and technology to focus and improve our engagement with specific communities where the U.S. has no physical diplomatic facilities. There are currently 43 active VPPs around the world, targeted toward communities such as Zhengzhou, China; Chittagong, Bangladesh; the Seychelles; San Marino; Somalia; Gaza; and even to reach out to indigenous people in Guatemala.
21st Century Statecraft State’s Civil Society 2.0 initiative is connecting the information and communications technology community with civil society organizations around the world to provide civil society organizations with access to the latest technologies. Tech@Stateis an ongoing conference series at the State Department that connects innovators, U.S. diplomats, and other government officials to share lessons and develop new tools for diplomacy and development.
State Department Professional Networking Then And Now
Thank You! About your speaker: Bob Watts, NC ‘73 Foreign Affairs Officer, eDiplomacy, Department of State Tel: 202-634-3757 (w) 703-503-2894 (h) Email: email@example.com Twitter and Facebook: rmwatts Quick bio: Senior Consultant, retired 2010 from 30 years as Foreign Service Economic Officer. Served in Uzbekistan, Canada, Brazil, Peru and Portugal. Worked on intellectual property, ICT, trade, finance, investment, and environment, science and technology. 3 Superior Honor Awards, Secretary’s Career Achievement Award Ed: MA (Economics), Stanford , 1990; MIA, Columbia, 1980; BA (International Relations), New College, 1978