McHale also announced that each of the regional bureaus will have a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy. “These officers will be responsible for ensuring that a public diplomacy perspective is incorporated as part of senior policy deliberations and for coordinating all our public diplomacy initiatives throughout their respective regions,” she said.
As Secretary Clinton and Mrs. Obama celebrated International Women of Courage Awards yesterday at the State Department, McHale also touched upon the importance of assisting women abroad in U.S. foreign policymaking:
Women account for over 50% of the world’s population and yet in too many parts of the world they lack access to education and fundamental rights. Countless reports and studies demonstrate that increased participation by women in the social, economic, and political lives of their countries results in more stable productive societies. We must continue to develop and deploy new programs to support and empower women as they seek to improve their lives and communities.
The USGLC keeps an eye on the foreign-policy decision making structure, so make sure you take a look at our Global Plum Book and take a look at all the senior-level officials working on international affairs within the administration.