Victor Gotevbe, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Watch Magazine; Christina Miner, Managing Director, Professional and Cultural Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State (middle) and Ann Acka’a, Contributing Editor, Diplomatic Watch.By Victor Gotevbe and Ann Acka’a, Contributing Editor,
The United States Department of State (DOS) had its representatives at the latest Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit held in Charlotte, North Carolina, organized by Global Ties in partnership with the Department hosted by International House, Charlotte.
The Department assisted participants to develop their knowledge of the U.S. foreign policy, public diplomacy, and how exchange programs such as the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) play a role. This was executed through their exhibitions stands as well as contributions from speakers from the Department of State.
The Summit also had in attendance leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations in order to create new connections in North Carolina Region about exchange programming and issues.
Global Ties is a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of state and has maintained a network that organizes international exchange programs and brings current and future leaders from around the world to communities throughout the United States.
DOS advises the President and represents the country in international affairs and foreign policy issues following its establishment since 229 years ago.
It has lives up to its daily expectation in the ways by which it protects and assist U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad; assists U.S. businesses in the international marketplace; coordinates and provides support for international activities of other U.S. agencies (local, state, or federal government), official visits overseas and at home, and other diplomatic efforts; keeps the public informed about U.S. foreign policy and relations with other countries and providing feedback from the public to administration officials and provides automobile registration for non-diplomatic staff vehicles and the vehicles of diplomats of foreign countries having diplomatic immunity in the United States.
Here are some photos of exciting moments during the summit where the DOS’s staff and Diplomatic Watch Team were captured.
L to R: Solvita Jirgensone, IVLP Gold Star; Victor Gotevbe, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Watch Magazine; and Jennifer Nupp, Policy Analyst, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S . Department of State