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Date: 02/07/2013 Description: Secretary Kerry addresses university students participating in our Foreign Policy Classroom briefing expressing that ''as the future leaders of our country, young people should take an early interest in global events.''  - State Dept Image

Mission Statement

The Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs connects the Department of State to domestic audiences, directly engaging the American people to advance the Department’s work at home and abroad. The PE staff engages civil society through briefings, conferences and other events in Washington, DC and around the country. They also respond to requests for briefings from groups coming to the Department of State and partners with organizations to sponsor major conferences and events in the building.

The Office of Public Engagement reports on and responds to comments that come into the Department via email, phone and letter. The team also responds to inquiries to the Secretary and the Department on U.S. foreign policy issues. The Intergovernmental Affairs team connects Department officials with state and local officials and provides foreign policy guidance to locally elected officials and their organizations.