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Mission Statement

The Office of Public Liaison connects the Department of State to domestic audiences, directly engaging the American people to advance the Department’s work at home and abroad. The PL staff engages civil society through briefings, conferences and other events in Washington, D.C. 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 Liaison 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.


Foreign Policy Classroom

Date: 11/22/2011 Location: Washington, DC Description: Foreign Policy Classroom logo. - State Dept Image

The Office of Public Liaison’s academic focused Foreign Policy Classroom creates an opportunity for students to attend a relevant foreign policy briefing with a Department official at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Groups interested in attending the Foreign Policy Classroom should submit the online request form: http://register.state.gov/ClassRoomRequest.
If you have additional questions, please email foreignpolicyclassroom@state.gov. Fact Sheet


Conversations With America

Ambassador Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations was interviewed by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. The discussion was on New Solutions for Today’s Complex Conflicts. Transcript» DipNote» YouTube»