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Inside the State Department: UN General Assembly Week — Friday, September 28, 2012

Inside the State Department: UN General Assembly Week — Friday, September 28, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon and let
me, once again, welcome all of you to New York. SPOKESPERSON SNIPE: It’s been very busy these
days. With all of the action that’s taking place here at the UN General Assembly and
also all the work that we’re doing in Washington and in our diplomatic missions abroad, the
Arab Spring has certainly given us many challenges but also a lot of opportunities. SECRETARY CLINTON: As President Obama told
the General Assembly this week, the regime of Bashar al-Assad must come to an end so
that the suffering of the Syrian people can stop and a new dawn can begin. DIRECTOR SULLIVAN: It’s important for us to
engage. It’s, I’d say, even more important for us to lead because there is no other country
in the world that has the power to convene countries to solve problems the way that the
United States can. ASSISTANT SECRETARY BRIMMER: One of the most
important things that we do is actually talk to the American people about what we’re doing
in foreign policy. This is a great chance to talk to students from around New York who
are getting together to talk about foreign policy. Should be really cool. SPOKESPERSON SNIPE: Today I’ll be talking
to a number of students from the New School about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
Talking about the opportunities as well as the challenges. ASSISTANT SECRETARY BRIMMER: Well, this really
is the center of the world for diplomacy, for at least one week. What you have, you
have world leaders all in New York to talk about the major international issues of the
day. Some people say it’s the World Series, some people say it’s the World Cup. It’s all
that rolled up into one. It’s a chance for the major leaders of the world to address
the most serious issues – whether it’s fighting hunger, fighting conflict, dealing with economic
development – the major issues on the international agenda. And this is a chance for the leaders
around the world to try to address those together. There’s only one place in the world where
you can do it. And that’s here in New York. And that’s this week.

2 comments on “Inside the State Department: UN General Assembly Week — Friday, September 28, 2012

  1. Not as refined as the West Wing Week. Take a tip from them, mainly a narrator. But glad its out there, and look forward to more.

  2. I Love Dr Brimmer!! She is one of my inspirations! I hope to one day hold a PHD in International Relations, but I also hope to have as much Passion about the subject that she does!

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