From Romney to foreign aid: The Mitt Romney campaign's former deputy director for national coalitions, Derek Gianino, is the new National Outreach Director for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, which aims to bolster support for foreign aid. Read the press release here.
In other news:
Saudi Arabia is leading efforts to arm the rebels in Syria. [The New York Times]
Elections in Italy are jolting the markets. [The Wall Street Journal]
ProPublica probes the Obama administration's "signature strikes"
Lobbying and regulations:
The United States Global Change Research Program, in cooperation with the Department of State, requests expert review of the Second Order Draft of the Working Group III Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Mitigation of Climate Change.
The State Department has issued a 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Office of Language Services Contractor Application Form.
The State Department is soliciting public comments on overseas school grants.
Global Affairs news you might have missed:
Top Democrat on Foreign Affairs panel calls for arming Syrian opposition
Lew vows to press China on currency rate
Senate passes bill aiming to prevent North Korean nuclear weapons
State Department schedule:
February 26, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 SECRETARY JOHN KERRY
Secretary Kerry is on foreign travel to London, United Kingdom. Secretary Kerry is accompanied by Ambassador Marshall and Assistant Secretary Gordon.
9:20 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with the staff and families of Mission Germany, in Berlin, Germany. (POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)
10:35 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry participates in “Youth Connect: Berlin,” a forum to hear thoughts and answer questions about global affairs with the next generation of leaders and innovators, in Berlin, Germany. (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
12:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, in Berlin, Germany. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
12:25 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry holds a joint press availability with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, in Berlin, Germany. (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
12:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry participates in a working lunch with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, in Berlin, Germany. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
2:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Berlin, Germany. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
4:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Berlin, Germany. (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)
UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY SHERMAN
Under Secretary Sherman is on foreign travel to Kazakhstan, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia from February 23 to March 4 for official meetings.
UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT ROBERT HORMATS
Under Secretary Hormats is on travel through February 27, first in Chicago to discuss “Asia-Pacific: New Priorities for American Economic Diplomacy” with members of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He then travels to Los Angeles for meetings with the Motion Picture Association of America on intellectual property rights and enforcement. Under Secretary Hormats then delivers a speech at the University of California, Los Angeles on the importance of economics as a foreign policy tool and at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on the “U.S. Economy and Asia.”
8:30 a.m. Under Secretary Hormats meets with former Senator Chris Dodd and with the Motion Picture Association of America, in Los Angeles. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
12:00 p.m. Under Secretary Hormats meets with the Bel Air Investment Club, in Los Angeles. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
3:00 p.m. Under Secretary Hormats delivers remarks on economic statecraft, at the University of California, Los Angeles. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)
6:00 p.m. Under Secretary Hormats meets with a group of high school students to discuss foreign policy, at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, in Los Angeles. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
7:00 p.m. Under Secretary Hormats delivers remarks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, in Los Angeles. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS TARA SONENSHINE
11:15 a.m. Under Secretary Sonenshine is interviewed by Voice of America’s Press Conference USA radio program, at the Department of State.(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
12:00 p.m. Under Secretary Sonenshine delivers introductory remarks at Black History Month Public Forum, prior to a reading by Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the Library of Congress Natasha Trethewey, at the Department of State. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
2:00 p.m. Under Secretary Sonenshine meets with Ambassador of India to the U.S. Nirupama Rao, at the Embassy of India. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
ACTING UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ROSE GOTTEMOELLER
12:00 p.m. Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller attends the Council on Foreign Relations roundtable: “The United Kingdom’s Nuclear Weapons,” with Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice Principal and Professor of War Studies at King’s College London (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
CHIEF OF PROTOCOL AMBASSADOR CAPRICIA PENAVIC MARSHALL Ambassador Marshall accompanies Secretary Kerry on foreign travel.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CONFLICT AND STABILIZATION OPERATIONS FREDERICK BARTON
10:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Barton meets with United States Institute of Peace President Jim Marshall and Vice President Kristin Lord, at the United States Institute of Peace. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS ROBERT BLAKE
2:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Blake appears before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, on Capitol Hill. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HFAC)
3:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Blake meets with Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, at the Department of State (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AFFAIRS ESTHER BRIMMER
Assistant Secretary Brimmer is on foreign travel to Geneva, Switzerland to present the United States’ intervention at the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS JOSE FERNANDEZ
Assistant Secretary Fernandez is on foreign travel to Burma through February 27 to meet with government officials about enhancing economic ties. He also delivers the keynote address at a business symposium jointly hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS PHILIP GORDON Assistant Secretary Gordon accompanies Secretary Kerry on foreign travel.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS MIKE HAMMER
Assistant Secretary Hammer accompanies Under Secretary Sherman on foreign travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan for the P5+1 talks with Iran.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS ROBERTA JACOBSON
1:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Jacobson hosts a roundtable with representatives from the Woodrow Wilson Center, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, at the Department of State. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS ANN STOCK
7:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Stock attends a jazz concert in honor of Black History Month hosted by Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. Namik Tan, at the Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)
ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS JOE YUN
2:00 p.m. Acting Assistant Secretary Joe Yun appears before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, on Capitol Hill. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HFAC)
AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE AND U.S. GLOBAL AIDS COORDINATOR ERIC GOOSBY
5:00 p.m. Ambassador Goosby attends a reception in honor of Assistant Secretary Carson, in Washington, DC. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)
DIRECTOR OF POLICY PLANNING DAVID MCKEAN
9:00 a.m. Director McKean attends the Woodrow Wilson Center Board meeting, in Washington, DC. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)
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