Regional Workshop: Enhancing Access to Information and Community-based Protection System

Regional Workshop on Prevention Strategies to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially for Women and Children:  Enhancing Access to Information and Community-based Protection System June 21st in Hanoi, Vietnam. The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project supports the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) ...
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CDA Bocklage Remarks at the YSEALI STEM Regional Workshop Closing Dinner

Friday, March 2, 2018, 7PM, Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia As prepared   Your Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, Royal Government of Cambodia Ambassador William A. Heidt Meloney Lindberg, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Cambodia Good evening everyone! Welcome to the closing dinner of the YSEALI STEM Regional Workshop. ...
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Remarks by President Trump at 5th U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Philippine International Convention Center Manila, Philippines 2:57 P.M. PHT PRESIDENT TRUMP: President Duterte, distinguished leaders, friends and partners: I’m honored to represent the United States of America at this U.S.-ASEAN Commemorative Summit. We gather today at a time of great promise and great challenge. I speak to you on behalf of 350 million Americans with ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Duterte of the Philippines Before Bilateral Meeting

Remarks by President Trump and President Duterte of the Philippines Before Bilateral Meeting | Manila, Philippines Philippine International Convention Center | 1:04 P.M. PHT PRESIDENT DUTERTE: (In progress.) But on the whole, I think I have so many things to say about (inaudible). I will just summarize (inaudible). We are your ally. We are an important ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ ADMM-Plus Meeting

Oct 24, 2017 Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Clark, Philippines today. Meeting participants recognized the importance of the ADMM-Plus as an inclusive platform for high-level discussions of strategic defense and security ...
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Media Availability With Secretary Mattis En Route to the Republic of the Philippines

CAPT JEFF DAVIS: This is the first of a few chances you’ll get to talk to the Secretary. Let’s just say this will be the first opportunity you’ll have to talk to him on the trip. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JIM MATTIS: I’m ok? Thank you for coming on the trip. It’s a long one of ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ ASEAN Informal Meetings

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Oct 23, 2017 Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met today with his ten ASEAN counterparts on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines to discuss mutual security challenges and our strong multilateral defense cooperation. They exchanged views on regional security, ...
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CDA Remarks at 2017 YSEALI Summit 40/50 U.S.-ASEAN Reception Dinner

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Manila Good evening! It is a pleasure to be here with all of you at this exciting event. Thank you Ambassador Kim and Assistant Secretary de la Vega for your excellent remarks and for being here to help us celebrate these milestones. ASEAN lies at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region, ...
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Opening Remarks by Deputy Bocklage at the Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Pre-Departure Workshop

JAKARTA – ASEAN Secretariat August 29, 2017 — Thank you DSG Vongthep for welcoming us to the ASEAN Secretariat and for providing the space for this workshop. Good morning everyone; and to our Fulbright scholars and alumni from outside Jakarta – welcome to Jakarta! 2017 is a special year because not only does it mark ...
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CDA Shields Keynote Remarks at the Official Close of ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship

Charge d’affaires Shields Keynote Remarks at the Official Close of the 2016/17 ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship Program ASEAN Foundation, Jakarta Wednesday, May 31, 2016 Good Morning. Mr. Tran Dong Phuong, Director for Sectoral Development, ASEAN Economic Community Department, Ms. Elaine Tan, Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation, Mr. Andika Fajar, Head of Research and Data, Ministry of ...
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Statement by Amb. Nina Hachigian at the Bali Democracy Forum IX

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian at the Bali Democracy Forum IX Thursday, December 8, 2016 Bali, Indonesia Mr. Vice Minister, esteemed delegates, let me begin by offering my thanks to Indonesia. Sincerest thanks to the Minister for this opportunity and please accept our deepest condolences for the losses in Aceh. The United ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Talk on the Digital Economy in ASEAN

Sari Pan Pacific Hotel December 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m. His Excellency Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Informatics, MASTEL Chair Kristiono, USABC President Alex Feldman, Mr. Jeff Pirie IC Leader from Deloitte, Ladies and Gentlemen: Good afternoon! It is a true pleasure and honor to be here this afternoon with all of you to speak at ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Opening Remarks Trafficking in Person Seminar on Male Victimization

Ambassador Hachigian Opening Remarks TIP Seminar on Male Victimization Hotel Pullman Jakarta Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Good Morning, Esteemed co-panelists: • Police Commissioner General Ari Dono Sukmanto , ASEAN SOMTC CHAIR • IOM Chief of Mission, Mr. Mark Getchell • Head of Security Cooperation Division at ASEAN Secretariat, Ms. Mala Selvaraju Distinguished Representatives and participants ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian Remarks – YSEALI Go NGO Workshop

Ambassador Nina Hachigian Remarks – As Prepared YSEALI Go NGO Workshop ASEAN Night Dinner Cebu, Philippines Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Good Evening Your Excellency Mayor Paz Radaza. On behalf of the U.S., thank you for coming to the dinner of this YSEALI Go NGO Workshop. And Good Evening YSEALI! I’m so excited to be here ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Lunch Briefing on U.S.-ASEAN Connect

Hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce October 26, 2016, 12:00 p.m. as prepared for delivery  Thank you Brett, very much, for that kind introduction and it is great to see all of you here. As you know, when President Obama took office, he decided to refocus American resources and attention in Asia. The Rebalance ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Remarks: “Talk on U.S. Rebalance to Asia”

As prepared for delivery at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Thank you very much, Julie, for that generous introduction and thank you, CISS President Kung Phoak and Excellency Suos Yara! Good Morning Excellencies, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen and thanks to you all for making time to be here with me today. I am ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Remarks: U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI – Closing Dinner

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta Friday, October 21, 2016 Good Evening Everyone! Welcome to this closing dinner of the U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI. Let me start with a huge and special thank you to our partner Wedu and to Air Asia, Visa, General Electric and IBM for supporting the Academy. Well, the ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Remarks at Women Who Lead Panel Discussion

@america, Jakarta Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Good afternoon. Selamat sore. It is my pleasure to be at @america today with all of you for this “Women Who Lead” panel discussion.  I have really been looking forward to this event because we have such a great group of leaders joining us tonight and such a great ...
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Amb. Hachigian Remarks on U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI Opening Dinner

Ambassador Hachigian Remarks Opening Dinner U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta Monday, October 17, 2016 — Good Evening Everyone! Welcome to Jakarta! I am so pleased to be here with all of you young women leaders of ASEAN. I was so excited when President Obama announced the U.S. – ...
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Deputy Representative Jane E Bocklage Remarks at a Human Rights Consultation

Deputy Representative Jane E Bocklage Remarks AICHR – SOMTC Consultation on Human Rights-Based Approach in the Implementation of ACTIP and APA Le Meridien Hotel, Jakarta Thursday, September 29, 2016 Good Morning, Excellencies: Mr. Sisoulath, Dr. Dinna Wisnu, General Sukmanto, Ambassador Tavarez, Ambassador Fontan Pardo, Distinguished Representatives and participants from ASEAN Member States, It is a ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Remarks at the Launching of Trafficking in Person Recent Report

Ambassador Hachigian Remarks Launch of the Regional Review on Laws, Policies and Practices within ASEAN Relating to the Identification, Management and Treatment of Victims of Trafficking Especially Women and Children   Le Meridien Hotel, Jakarta Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 Good Morning.  Let me add my welcome to my esteemed co-panelists. Mdm. Lily Purba, Chair of ...
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READOUT of US–ASEAN Summit 2016

Final Transcript U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: READOUT of US–ASEAN Summit 2016 September 13, 2016/10:00 p.m. EDT   SPEAKERS: Nina Hachigian, U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Cynthia Gire, Bureau of Public Affairs PRESENTATION Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by.  Welcome to the US–ASEAN Summit conference call.  At this time, all participants are in a ...
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Press Conference of President Obama after ASEAN Summit

Press Conference of President Obama after ASEAN Summit Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel Vientiane, Laos September 08, 2016 4:23 P.M. ICT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Once again, I want to thank the government and the people of Laos for their wonderful hospitality and for their leadership as host of the ASEAN and East Asia Summits.  ...
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Remarks by President Obama at YSEALI Town Hall

Remarks by President Obama at YSEALI Town Hall Souphanouvong University Luang Prabang, Laos September 07, 2016 1:49 P.M. ICT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much! Sabaidii! AUDIENCE:  Sabaidii! PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it is such a pleasure to be here.  Can everybody please give Om a big round of applause for that great ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Remarks at 2016 YSEALI Summit

Ambassador Hachigian Remarks YSEALI Summit Luang Prabang, Laos Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (As prepared) Hello YSEALI! I am so pleased to be here with all of you in beautiful Luang Prabang. This is my second YSEALI Summit, and, as always, I get so energized and inspired from being with YSEALI members! I’ve watched YSEALI from ...
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Remarks by President Obama Before U.S.-ASEAN Meeting

Remarks by President Obama Before U.S.-ASEAN Meeting National Convention Centre Vientiane, Laos September 08, 2016 11:15 A.M. ICT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  I want to begin by thanking the government and the people of Laos for hosting this summit.  I’ve now met with the leaders of ASEAN eight times, visited Southeast Asia more than any other U.S. ...
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Remarks of President Obama to the People of Laos

Lao National Cultural Hall Vientiane, Laos September 07, 2016 2:04 P.M. ICT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Sabaidii!  Sabaidee bor? AUDIENCE:  Sabaidii. To the government and the people of Laos, thank you so much for the kind welcome that you’ve extended to me and my delegation.  I am very honored to ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian Remarks on the South China Sea – Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club

Grand Hyatt Jakarta, August 2, 2016 Excellencies, Colleagues, Journalists, Ladies & Gentlemen.  We gather here in the wake of a historic decision, one that many of you have covered in depth.  I predict that all of us will be following the ripples that emanate from the July 12 Tribunal award for years to come. Last week, ...
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U.S. Secretary Remarks With YSEALI Alumni on Marine Conservation

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Manila, Philippines July 27, 2016 MS OPOSA: According to the Secretary John Kerry, the ocean is sort of in his DNA. He grew up with an affinity for the sea, first as a young boy in Massachusetts fishing and clamming, and then as an officer in the U.S. Navy. ...
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Press Availability in Vientiane, Laos

John Kerry Secretary of State National Convention Center Vientiane, Laos July 26, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon, everybody. On behalf of President Obama and all of the American people, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of those whose loved ones were killed in the horrific attack in Sagamihara, Japan this ...
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Secretary John Kerry’s Remarks at the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State National Convention Center Vientiane, Laos July 25, 2016 Well, good morning and thank you very – good afternoon – thank you very much, Secretary-General Othman. I really appreciate your welcome. I appreciate your comments. And to all of our colleagues, my colleagues here, thank you very, very much for ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Independence Day Celebration Remarks

Good evening!  It is delightful to see all of you. I am really going to miss Ambassador Blake, Ibu Sofia and their wonderful daughters.  This is a bittersweet night–a wonderful birthday party for our nation, but also the beginning of saying goodbye to a great Ambassador and great friends. Bob has the privilege of working ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Keynote Remarks and Officially Open the 2016/17 ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship Program

Good Morning. Mr. Tran Dong Phuong, Director for Sectoral Development, ASEAN Economic Community Department, Ms. Nada Marsudi, Representatives from the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology, Representatives from the ASEAN Center for Energy, the ASEAN Foundation, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellows ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Remarks about the U.S. Foreign Policy toward ASEAN at YSEALI Oceans

Good afternoon! I am so pleased to join you today at @america on your final day of the YSEALI Oceans workshop. I love participating in YSEALI events and have been lucky to have met many YSEALI members like you throughout the region.  It is one of the best parts of my job.  Knowing that young ...
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Ambassador’s Telephonic Press Briefing Transcript Post U.S. – ASEAN Summit 2016

Listen to  audio file.  OPERATOR: Welcome to the readout of the U.S.-ASEAN Summit conference call. At this time all lines are in a listen-only mode and later we will conduct a question and answer session. If you would like to ask a question on tonight’s conference you can press * then 1 on your touchtone phone at ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Remarks at the U.S. ASEAN Business Council Conference, San Francisco, CA

“Why ASEAN?” U.S. ASEAN Business Council Conference Asia’s Best-Kept Secret: The ASEAN Economic Community Introduction ASEAN dignitaries, American dignitaries, Ladies and Gentlemen Good afternoon and thank you for being here, especially my ASEAN friends who’ve travelled so far. Alex, you and USABC have done a great job with your partners on this conference. You have ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration Sunnylands, California February 15-16, 2016 We the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Opening Session of the U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Sunnylands Center The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands Rancho Mirage, California 3:47 P.M. PST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everyone.  It is my privilege to welcome you to this landmark gathering — the first U.S.-ASEAN Summit hosted by the United States.  This reflects my personal commitment, and the national commitment of the United States, to a strong ...
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On The Record Press Call on The U.S. – ASEAN Summit

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release ON-THE-RECORD PRESS CALL BY BEN RHODES, DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, AND DAN KRITENBRINK, SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR ASIAN AFFAIRS ON THE U.S.-ASEAN SUMMIT Via Telephone 5:38 P.M. EST MR. PRICE:  Good afternoon, everyone, and thanks for joining today’s call.  We wanted to ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Remarks about U.S. Foreign Policy toward ASEAN at Habibie Center’s Ambassador Seminar Series

Good afternoon and happy New Year! Thank you to the Habibie Center for inviting me to kick off the Ambassador Seminar Series. I think this is my first public event since the Community was launched so congratulations to ASEAN!  It is a true pleasure and honor to be here this afternoon with my esteemed fellow ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Telephonic Press Briefing Transcript

U.S. Department of State International Media Engagement/Asia Pacific Telephonic Media Briefing with Nina Hachigian, U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Jakarta, Indonesia 12/2/2015 OPERATOR:  Welcome to the Department of State conference call.  At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode.  Later we will conduct a question and answer session.  Instructions will be given at that ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Remarks at ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Environment Dialogue on IUU in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

His Excellency, Nogeh anak Gumbek, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Malaysia Distinguished guests and experts from ASEAN Member States and the United States, First I would like to say thank you to all delegates and speakers here today for your dedication to sustaining Southeast Asia’s valuable oceans and fisheries resources and for traveling ...
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Assistant Secretary Charles H. Rivkin Remarks on ASEAN Economic Community at Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club

I want to thank the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club for hosting this luncheon and President Joe Cochrane for his leadership at JFCC and introducing me here today. We all appreciate his authoritative work for the International New York Times. This is an excellent venue, and you are the perfect audience, for me to speak about the United States ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Keynote Address at the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership Inception Workshop

Bangkok, Thailand Thank you to Secretary General of SEAFDEC, Dr. Chumnarn Pongsri, and Deputy Director General of Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, Dr. Waraporn Prompoj, for your welcome remarks and for hosting this important workshop. Thank you to distinguished SEAFDEC Member Country Delegates for your dedication to sustaining Southeast Asia’s valuable oceans and fisheries resources and ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Remarks at the 4th Maritime Institute of Malaysia South China Sea Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Connectivity of Common Rules in the South China Sea Thank you to MIMA and its Director General First Admiral Dato Chin Yoon Chin for inviting me today, and to Vice Admiral Dato’ Kamarulzaman for moderating this panel. The Importance of Norms, Rules and Standards Today I’m going to talk about maritime ...
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Launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars

ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta Thank you Your Excellency Deputy Secretary General Hirubalan and the hardworking ASEAN Secretariat staff for co-hosting the launch of the third class of Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars. It is my great pleasure to be here with you this morning. My deep congratulations and a warm welcome to our 2015-2016 scholars. You have ...
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Keynote Speech at Regional Conference on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to Combat Human Trafficking Gala Dinner

Bangkok, Thailand Thank you for that kind introduction. Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to be in a room full of people committed to combating trafficking in persons.  The United States Government and I, personally, care deeply about this issue. Let me first thank Microsoft and Ms. Tony Town-Whitley for hosting ...
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GREAT Women in ASEAN Initiative Launch

Dato’ Hafsah, Thank you for all your hard work in uplifting women. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my true pleasure to be with you today to launch the GREAT Women in ASEAN initiative.  When I first heard that there was a brand called “Great Women,” I didn’t realize it was an acronym.  But now I ...
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Shared Maritime Domain Awareness Workshop

APCSS, Hawaii Ambassador Hachigian – Good morning everyone, and Aloha.  It is my great pleasure to join you all today.  I wish I could stay with you and participate in this great workshop over the next four days. I would like to thank Admiral Locklear for inviting me, and, more importantly, for hosting this opportunity ...
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Launch of the Second Year of the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Program

Mr. Larry Maramis, Director of the Cross-Sectoral Cooperation Directorate, Representatives from the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology, the ASEAN Centre for Energy, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, and the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellows, both our first year trailblazers, and our new Fellows, AAAS Representatives, supervisors, ladies and ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s introductory remarks for APCAC Business Summit Panel: The ASEAN Economic Community and Beyond

Thank you very much to AmCham Singapore for inviting me to participate in this discussion with my illustrious co-panelists. Parag and I crossed paths when we were on our first book tours a while ago.  I haven’t met Atilla before but I’ve flown on Air Asia, so that makes us old pals, and am so ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Remarks at the 10th Meeting of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Child

Your Excellency, Datin Paduka Hajah Intan, Chair and Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children; Excellencies, Representatives to the ACWC; Mrs Rodora Babaran ASEAN Director of Socio-Cultural Cooperation, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my great pleasure to join you today to discuss ...
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Brunei Darussalam National Day

John Kerry Secretary of State  Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I wish to send my congratulations to the people of Brunei Darussalam as you celebrate your 31st National Day on February 23rd. I have enjoyed my visits to your country, and we work together ...
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FOREIGN PRESS CENTER BRIEFING WITH ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS DANIEL R. RUSSEL

TOPIC:  U.S. POLICY PRIORITIES FOR THE EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC REGION IN 2015 WASHINGTON FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C. ASSISTANT SECRETARY RUSSEL:  Thank you very much.  Hello, everybody.  Happy 2015.  I’m glad to be here.  2014 was a great year.  We had two visits to the Asia Pacific region by President Obama.  We had five visits ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Remarks at Inaugural Session South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Policy Level Officers Study Visit to AHA Ce

Good morning everyone. It is my great pleasure to join you all today. I would like to thank His Excellency Mr. Arjun Thapa, the Secretary General of SAARC; Her Excellency Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN; and Mr. Said Faisal, the Executive Director of the AHA Centre, for hosting this opportunity to ...
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Myanmar’s Independence Day

John Kerry Secretary of State  Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of Myanmar as you celebrate the 67th anniversary of your nation’s independence. This day is an appropriate moment to reiterate America’s commitment to supporting your country as you continue ...
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Secretary Kerry on 10th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Tsunami

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami I’ll never forget hearing the news of the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago. The images were gut-wrenching: entire towns razed from Indonesia to Somalia; raging waters sweeping ...
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Town Hall Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian @america

Jakarta, Indonesia As prepared for delivery Selamat sore, Good afternoon everyone. Thank you, Ambassador Blake for the kind introduction. I am grateful to be your colleague and honored to work alongside you here in Jakarta. What a pleasure to be at @america with all of you.  I was here yesterday for the first time and ...
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Lao People’s Democratic Republic Day

John Kerry Secretary of State  Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate President Choummaly Sayasone and the people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as you celebrate your National Day on December 2. This year marks 64 years of diplomatic relations between the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Nina Hachigian at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) for the ASEAN Youth Volunteers Program (AYVP)

Mr. Vice Chancellor, Mr. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr. Under Secretary, AYVP Alumni, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to be here today with all of you to kick off the next phase of U.S.-ASEAN cooperation. Next year, ASEAN will come together even more closely as an economic community. ASEAN unity is good for ASEAN, it ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Yangon University Rangoon, Burma 3:43 P.M. MMT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody! AUDIENCE: Hi! PRESIDENT OBAMA: Myanmar Luu Ngae Myar Min Galarbar! (Applause.) It’s wonderful to be back in Myanmar. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. Oh, we got some signs — “Reform ...
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Remarks by President Obama at APEC Plenary Session One

The White House OffOffice of the Press Secretary Immediate Release International Convention Center Yanqi Lake — Beijing, China PRESIDENT OBAMA:  (In progress) — have shown us last night’s events were spectacular, and this is a extraordinary setting for our meeting.  And I very much appreciate the work that you’ve done to develop a very productive ...
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Remarks on U.S.-China Relations

John Kerry Secretary of State   Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Washington, DC   SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much, Dean Nasr. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Vali for a while. When I was in the Senate, he was a very valuable advisor, and I can remember coming down to the State Department ...
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Remarks at U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

John Kerry Secretary of State   Waldorf-Astoria Hotel New York City   SECRETARY KERRY: Well, everybody, my apologies for being delayed, and I thank everybody for their patience and look forward to a very interesting and comprehensive discussion this evening. I want to begin by thanking Foreign Minister Lwin and the Government of Myanmar, which has done ...
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President Obama at Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Arlington, Virginia The Pentagon 9:45 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning. Scripture tells us, “We count as blessed those who have persevered.” Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces, and, most of all, the survivors of that September day and the families of those we ...
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Indonesia’s Independence Day

John Kerry Secretary of State   Washington, DC   On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the Indonesian people on the 69th anniversary of your independence this August 17. Indonesia’s thriving democracy and dynamic regional and global leadership are critical to the Asia ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry At the East-West Center on the U.S. Vision for Asia Pacific

Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Remarks Honolulu, Hawaii MR. MORRISON:  Well, thank you.  Aloha.  I want to welcome everyone.  And for our online audience, and also for the Secretary, I’d like to describe who is here in our audience.  We have the mayor of Honolulu, Mayor Caldwell.  We have our senator, Mazie Hirono.  We ...
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Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting Statement

Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting NayPyiTaw, Myanmar Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative Joint Statement On August 9, 2014, the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, the Secretary-General of ASEAN and the U.S. Secretary of State met in NayPyiTaw, Myanmar, for the Seventh Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial ...
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Opening Remarks at ASEAN Regional Forum

John Kerry Secretary of State  Naypyitaw, Burma As Prepared for Delivery Let me start by thanking the government of Myanmar for hosting all of us, and congratulating them on a very effective chairmanship to date – and thank you for your generous welcome. This meeting comes at a time when the world really could not ...
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ASEAN and America: Partners for the Future

Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs  Commonwealth Club San Francisco, CA As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Phil. I’m glad to be in San Francisco, and with all of you here at the Commonwealth Club. You’re here today because you understand the importance of Asia to America. This is especially ...
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Statement by the President on Ukraine

The White House – Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 11:52 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody. Yesterday, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border.  Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release The Vice President met today with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House, their third meeting since April 2013. The Vice President and the Prime Minister affirmed the importance of the strategic and economic partnership between the United States and Singapore, ...
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Thailand: A Democracy at Risk

Scot Marciel Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs  Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Washington, DC   Chairman Chabot and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the recent coup in Thailand. The U.S.-Thai ...
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State’s Russel on ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting

Regional Telephone Conference in Rangoon, Burma Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs  Rangoon, Burma   MODERATOR: Good evening everyone. Thank you for joining us. This is Paul Watzlavick at the U.S. Department of State Media Hub in Tokyo. Today we have with us Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel, who is in ...
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Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

John Kerry Secretary of State   Washington, DC   On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of the Philippines as you celebrate the anniversary of your nation’s independence on June 12. My personal appreciation for your nation reaches ...
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World Oceans Day 2014

John Kerry Secretary of State   Washington, DC   World Oceans Day is a time to pause and focus on protecting our ocean: our planet’s most extraordinary ecosystem. Life as we know it wouldn’t be possible were it not for our ocean. We depend on the ocean for life’s essentials: the food we eat and the ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines in Joint Press Conference

Malacañang Palace Manila, Philippines 3:40 P.M. PHT PRESIDENT AQUINO:  The honorable President of the United States Barack Obama and his official delegation, members of the Cabinet present, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen: good afternoon. Today, the Philippines welcomes President Obama and his delegation on his first state visit to the Philippines. The United ...
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Remarks by President Obama at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2:53 P.M. MST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, hello, everybody. AUDIENCE:  Hello! PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Selamat petang.  I want to thank Prime Minister Najib for bringing me here today, as well as Cheryl Yeoh.  Where’s Cheryl?  She was here just a second ago.  There she is over there — (applause) — who’s going to be ...
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U.S. Defense, Commerce Secretaries on the U.S. Commitment to Asia

This opinion editorial by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker was published in the February 19 Wall Street Journal. There are no republication restrictions. America is Committed to Asia By Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel For decades, security and prosperity have flourished throughout the Asia-Pacific region, each reinforcing the ...
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Brunei Darussalam National Day

John Kerry Secretary of State   Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send my most heartfelt congratulations to the people of Brunei Darussalam as you celebrate your 30th National Day on February 23. Our formal diplomatic relations began in 1984, but the friendship between our two countries ...
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Executive Order — Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – STREAMLINING THE EXPORT/IMPORT PROCESS FOR AMERICA’S BUSINESSES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to reduce supply chain barriers to commerce while continuing to protect our national security, public health ...
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Remarks Secretary of State John Kerry With Indonesian Foreign Minister Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa

FOREIGN MINISTER NATALEGAWA:  I will speak in Bahasa Indonesia first, and then I will also speak a little bit in English as well. (In Bahasa Indonesia) (Via translation)  This morning, I am very happy to have a visit from our friend, his Excellency U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry.  Secretary Kerry and I have met ...
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Maritime Disputes in East Asia

Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Washington, DC Chairman Chabot, Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on these important issues. Before I begin, I would also like to take this ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry: Myanmar Independence Day

Washington, DC January 3, 2014 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I’m honored to send best wishes to the people of your country as you celebrate your Independence Day. Few days would be more appropriate to reiterate America’s commitment to supporting your country as you continue down the path ...
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Opening Remarks at U.S. – ASEAN Summit

Secretary of State John Kerry October 9, 2013 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, thank you very much, Your Majesty.  Thank you for a wonderful welcome here and for your generous hospitality.  And to all of the leaders here, we’re very grateful for the opportunity to be able to meet.  We thank the Government ...
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Vietnam’s National Day

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 30, 2013 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Vietnam as you celebrate your National Day on September 2. Vietnam’s journey has long been personal to me. I remember the beauty of a country I first knew ...
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Statement by the President on Syria

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century.  Yesterday the United States presented a powerful case that the Syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people. Our intelligence ...
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Statement on Syria

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC President Obama has spent many days now consulting with Congress and talking with leaders around the world about the situation in Syria. And last night, the President asked all of us on his national security team to consult with the leaders of Congress as well, ...
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Republic of Indonesia’s National Day

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 15, 2013 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend warm wishes to the Indonesian people on the 68th anniversary of your independence this August 17. Indonesia’s strong economic growth and active civil society reflect the dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region. ...
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Republic of Singapore National Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                                      August 7, 2013 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY Republic of Singapore National Day On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, it is my pleasure to send our warmest wishes to the people of Singapore as you celebrate your National Day ...
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Marking the Anniversary of the Founding of ASEAN

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, we join the 600 million people of the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, ...
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Overview of U.S. Policy in the East Asia and Pacific Region

FOREIGN PRESS CENTER BRIEFING WITH ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC DANIEL R. RUSSEL TOPIC:  OVERVIEW OF U.S. POLICY IN THE EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013, 2:00 P.M. EST THE WASHINGTON FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C. MS. CARRINGTON:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Welcome to the Washington Foreign Press ...
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Intervention at East Asia Summit

John Kerry Secretary of State Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam As Prepared for Delivery I am very pleased to represent, for the first time as Secretary of State, the United States at this East Asia Summit Ministerial. Allow me to express my appreciation to His Majesty, the Sultan, and the entire nation of Brunei for ...
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Remarks With USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Greg Beck at the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, everybody’s presence here underscores the very important link between the work with the Lower Mekong Initiative and ASEAN. And so I want to thank Brunei Darussalam for hosting us at the sixth Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting. And I’m grateful to all of you for taking time to be here and all of ...
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Remarks on a 21st Century Pacific Partnership

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very, very much. Thank you very much, President Mishima, for a generous introduction. It’s a great privilege for me to be here. Thank you. And thank you all for coming to share some thoughts this morning. I understand that Tokyo Tech has been referred to as Japan’s M.I.T. So even halfway around ...
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Resourcing the Rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific Region

by Danny Russel At the very outset of his Administration, the President made a strategic decision to increase the United States’ focus on the Asia-Pacific region by rebalancing U.S. engagements, activities, and resources toward this vital region. The President made this plain in his  speech before the Australian parliament in 2011 :  “the United States will play a larger and long-term role ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Meets with ASEAN Leadership

(The following are remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat with ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuman and the ten Ambassadors of ASEAN’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) ASEAN SECRETARY GENERAL SURIN: Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, chair of ASEAN program representative, Excellencies, members of the CPR, it is ...
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OpEd: ASEAN Through American Eyes

(The following OpEd was written by Amb. David Carden, and appeared in Today newspaper in Singapore on August 2, 2012) The United States’ comprehensive engagement with ASEAN and our multifaceted support for the Association’s goals form a central pillar of our broader rebalancing to the Asia Pacific region.  We share the aspirations ASEAN articulated in ...
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Remarks: 2012 Indiana University Law School Commencement

(The following speech was given at the 2012 Indiana University Law School Commencement, where Ambassador Carden was the keynote speaker.  To see the video of Amb. Carden’s speech, visit  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_WhSOtUAVw ) Acting Dean Buxbaum, Law School Faculty and staff present and past, members of the Board of Visitors, Graduates, the parents and friends of all attending, ...
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2012 Indiana University Graduate School Commencement Address

(The following speech was given at the 2012 Indiana University Graduate School Commencement, where Ambassador Carden was the keynote speaker.  To see the video of Amb. Carden’s speech, visit  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZ6WJVVzVk ). President McRobbie, Distinguished Faculty, Graduates, Parents, Family members, Partners, friends, all those who helped organize this wonderful gathering, good afternoon and thank you for giving ...
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