Secretary Kerry To Participate in a Google+ Hangout on U.S. Investment in Foreign Policy

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 15, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a live conversation online with Americans from across the country in a “Hangout at State” titled “The U.S. In the World: What’s In It for Us?” The conversation, to be held through a Google+ Hangout, will take place Friday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, and will be moderated by NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

This online event, the first for a Secretary of State, will be an opportunity for Secretary Kerry to answer questions from the American people on, “What’s in it for Americans to engage in the world?”

The Secretary is dedicated to having a dialogue with the American people about the investments they make to ensure American leadership abroad – to protect our national security interests, and to promote trade and investment that fuels the American economy. The conversation builds on Secretary Kerry’s first major public address as Secretary of State at the University of Virginia, where he outlined to Americans the impact that our involvement abroad has here at home.

The event also kicks off “Hangouts at State,” a new online series that will bring together people across national borders to discuss with U.S. Government leaders pressing foreign policy issues such as democracy promotion, human rights, counterterrorism efforts, economic development, climate change, and drug interdiction.

Secretary Kerry’ first Hangout will be broadcast live on the State Department’s Google+ page, YouTube channel, and at

PRN: 2013/0415