Senior UNA-USA Leader to Advise Secretary Clinton on Foreign Policy

December 6, 2011

UNA-USA Advocacy Council Chair Tom Pickering will be part of a 25-member board that will advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her successor on Foreign Policy issues. The “Foreign Affairs Policy Board” is made up of leaders in the field including: former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush Stephen Hadley; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen; and former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.

According to a post on the Foreign Policy blog, “The Cable,” Clinton has been trying to build up the State Department's policy infrastructure since she came into office. For example, she initiated and then executed State's first ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which was modeled after the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review.

A State Department press release said, “Secretary Clinton selected a distinguished, diverse, and bipartisan membership with a wide range of expertise and background, including past government service, academia, politics, development, and business. Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution and a former Deputy Secretary of State, will serve as the Board’s Chair. He will work closely with the Secretary and her Policy Planning Director, Jake Sullivan, to coordinate the Board and its meetings.”

The panel’s first meeting will be held on Mon. Dec. 19, and is expected to focus on Clinton’s economic statecraft initiative.

Please see the State Department’s press release for more information and a full listing of Board members.

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