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Ambassador Patricia Haslach visits Sié Chéou-Kang Center

March 4, 2013  |  Denver, Colorado

Ambassador HaslachOn Monday, Ambassador Patricia, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations visited the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. As part of the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series 2012-2013, she spoke to approximately 50 students, staff and faculty about her bureau's work on breaking the cycle of violent conflict throughout the world.

Ambassador Haslach explained that the Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations' primary engagement is in conflict prevention, crisis response and stabilization projects. She noted that the Bureau acts as a catalyst for change and that they engage local organizations in the process. For instance, she discussed the Bureau's work in Turkey as it relates to the conflict in Syria. "The goal is that we open up space for more traditional agencies to come in," said Haslach. Prior to this, Ambassador Haslach was the State Department's Coordinator for Iraq Transition in the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating all Washington-based State Department aspects of the U.S. transition from military to civilian operations culminating with the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops at the end of December 2011.

While visiting the school, Ambassador Haslach also spoke with students and faculty in small group settings. Her visit provided a valuable opportunity for students to ask questions about how to launch a career in the government sector. Ambassador Haslach joins a growing list of dignitaries who have visited the Sie Center, including Deputy Secretary of State, Ambassador William J. Burns and Special Representative for North Korea under Secretary of State Clinton, Ambassador Glyn Davies.




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