“The U.S.-Italy Relationship in a Changing World”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to Villa Taverna for this timely conversation. Our partner in organizing today’s event is Rome’s preeminent think tank, the Institute for International Affairs, or IAI. We’re honored to have with us today the President of IAI, Ambassador Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, who will be speaking in ...
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Enthusiastic Turnout for Opening of New American Studies Course in Puglia

The Bari edition of Corriere del Mezzogiorno highlighted the event with an article under the headline “American Studies Relaunched with U.S. Embassy Support.” Praise for the Embassy’s initiative was effusive: Rector Uricchio called it a “Mini Marshall Plan” for American Studies in Italy. Professor Lorena Carbonara related that she has already received several thesis requests ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the World Economic Forum

But America first does not mean America alone. When the United States grows, so does the world. American prosperity has created countless jobs all around the globe, and the drive for excellence, creativity, and innovation in the U.S. has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and far healthier lives.
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A New National Security Strategy for a New Era

The publication of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is a milestone for any presidency. A statutorily mandated document, the NSS explains to the American people, U.S. allies and partners, and federal agencies how the President intends to put his national security vision into practice on behalf of fellow citizens. First and foremost, President Donald J. Trump’s NSS ...
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“American Literature First”, Remarks by DCM Kelly Degnan at University of Urbino

One of the U.S. Mission to Italy’s priorities is supporting and promoting American Studies in Italy.  American Studies has historically been a key channel for connecting with Italian youth and universities in Italy, and sharing American values, history, and culture. When I arrived in Rome two years ago, I heard about the decline of American ...
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DCM Kelly Degnan Remarks at International Education Week Event

Encouraging educational exchanges between nations is also vital to our countries’ respective economic competitiveness and growth. U.S. communities and institutions gain intellectual and cross-cultural capital as well as enhanced business and professional networks from contacts with students, teachers and scholars from abroad.
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Ambassador Eisenberg’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony for American Studies

As U.S. Ambassador, it’s important for me to visit as many regions in Italy as possible to gain a deeper understanding of this country, which is such a close friend of the United States. Naples is the first city outside of Rome that I am visiting in my official capacity:  and this is entirely appropriate ...
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Ischia G7 Interior Ministers’ Meeting – U.S. Delegation: Elaine C. Duke

Elaine Duke became the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 31, 2017. She was previously sworn in as the seventh Deputy Secretary of DHS on April 10, 2017. Prior to her appointment, Acting Secretary Duke was the principal of Elaine Duke & Associates, LLC, where she provided acquisition and business ...
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Statement by the U.S. Secretary for Agriculture at the G7 Agriculture Press Conference

Thank you Minister Martina for your hospitality and for all the preparation that went into the last few days; it’s been a pleasant and productive environment in which to conduct these conversations and very candid discussions among ourselves. I think I share with my colleagues here that the sector which we are involved – food, ...
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Remarks by U.S. Secretary for Agriculture Sonny Perdue at G-7 Session two

I think the topic today ‘empowering and developing rural areas and enhancing cooperation among ourselves,’ really ties in with the message yesterday. I don’t know really how you can develop rural areas without empowering farmers and I think again as we focus on those interrelationships there, our rural areas are only going to be developed ...
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Remarks by U.S. Secretary for Agriculture Sonny Perdue at G-7 Session one

I’d like to thank Minister Martina and his excellent display of why we are all here.  Obviously it's my first time visiting you all, and I look forward to getting to know each of you personally in my role of Secretary of Agriculture of the United States. Dealing with empowering farmers I think certainly is a challenge for all ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Lab. – U.S. Delegation: Martha E. Newton

Martha E. Newton was named Deputy Undersecretary of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 1, 2017. Deputy Undersecretary Newton’s appointment marks a return to the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), where she served as Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs from 2002-2006, leading the formulation of international economic, ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Lab. – U.S. Delegation: Mark A. Mittelhauser

Mark Mittelhauser was named Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs on January 16, 2012. In this position, he helps to lead the Bureau of International Labor Affairs' efforts to promote worker rights and strengthen livelihoods globally. Prior to this position, Mittelhauser directed the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Labor Affairs and was an ...
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Press Statement from Dr. France A. Córdova at G7 Science Ministerial Meeting

The United States recognizes that science and technology are critical to achieving our highest priorities: national security, economic growth, and job creation. The ingenuity of our research community, in partnership with the government and the private sector, has built an innovation ecosystem whose successes originate with investments in basic research. The history of science is ...
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Opening Statement by Dr. France Córdova at G7 Science Ministerial Meeting

Good morning, and thank for the opportunity to address the 2017 G7 Science Ministerial. I am France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation. I am honored to represent the United States of America today. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Minister Fedeli and the Government of Italy for hosting us in ...
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G7 Science Session 3 Statement: Research Infrastructure

The United States agrees that maintaining and modernizing research infrastructure is critical to getting the best value out of research and development investments. State-of-the-art research infrastructure provides us with unique capabilities, ensuring that the science and technology workforce has the capabilities it needs to conduct world-leading research. As we noted in session 2, innovative partnership ...
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G7 Science Session 2 Statement: Innovation

The United States recognizes that investments in fundamental research can lead to emerging technologies, and create ingredients important for innovation ecosystems to thrive.  It is a goal to expand the number and diversity of innovation ecosystems, and one way to do this is through a variety and diversity of partnerships. In the United States, government ...
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Remarks by Dr. France A. Córdova at a Joint Press Conference by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Gravitational-Wave Observatory

Thank you, Director Ferrini, and thank you all for joining us for today’s press conference. Today marks an exciting milestone in the growing international scientific effort to unlock the extraordinary mysteries of our Universe. A little more than a year and a half ago, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced that our Laser Gravitational Wave Observatory ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Sci. – U.S. Delegation: Dr. France Córdova

France A. Córdova is an astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.  NSF is a $7.5 billion independent federal agency; its programs and initiatives keep the United States at ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Sci. – U.S. Delegation: Rebecca Kaiser

Rebecca Kaiser joined the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) in 2015.  She came to the National Science Foundation (NSF) from NASA, where she was a special advisor for Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships, reporting to the NASA Administrator and an executive-in-residence at American University.  Prior to that, she held several positions with NASA, including ...
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Remarks by Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the G7 ICT Industry Ministerial

I’d like to thank Minister Calenda and the entire Italian team for their warm welcome and exceptional work hosting the G7. It has been a pleasure to be in this beautiful city with my colleagues from the other G7 nations, discussing the technological innovation necessary to advance job creation, the global economy, and security. At ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Michael Kratsios

Michael is a Deputy Assistant to the President and the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. He advises the White House on a broad range of technology priorities, and through his leadership at the Office of Science and Technology Policy he helps drive U.S. technology policies and strategic initiatives. In this capacity he helps encourage the ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Ted Ullyot

Ted Ullyot is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, where he heads up the firm’s Policy & Regulatory Affairs group. Ted’s professional background is a mix of Silicon Valley and Washington DC. He was General Counsel of Facebook from 2008 to 2013, a tenure that included the Winklevoss litigation, taking the company public, ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Dyan Gibbens

Dyan studied engineering, instructed skydiving, and learned to fly at the US Air Force Academy. While serving as an Acquisitions Officer managing stealth nuclear cruise missiles, a type of unmanned aircraft, she earned her MBA. Dyan then managed Air Force One and Global Hawk UAS engineering and logistics. Her Ph.D. research in UAS/drones, RFID, wireless systems, ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Tucker Balch

Tucker Balch is a former USAF fighter pilot and now professor at Georgia Tech where he teaches courses in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Finance. He is also Chief Scientist at FinTech startup Lucena Research, Inc. Lucena is an investment software firm that focuses on Machine Learning and Big Data solutions for hedge funds and large ...
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Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Kirk Borne

In addition, he consults with numerous external organizations, industries, agencies, and partners in the use of large data repositories and machine learning for discovery, decision support, and innovation. Previously, he was Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University for 12 years where he did research, taught, and advised students in data science. Prior to that, Kirk spent nearly ...
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U.S. Beef Promoted to the Food Service Industry

The Offices of Agricultural Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Rome with the support of the U. S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), organized a first time multi country event at the Beefbar in Monte Carlo featuring different cuts of U.S. high-quality beef for a discerning market. France, Italy and Monaco have been identified ...
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Cagliari G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Elaine L. Chao

Secretary Chao comes to the U.S. Department of Transportation with extensive experience in the transportation sector. Early in her career, she specialized in transportation financing in the private sector. She began her executive career in public service working on transportation and trade issues at the White House. She then served as Deputy Maritime Administrator, U. ...
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United States Resets Climate Change Discussion At G7

Respective of the importance to engage with longstanding allies and key international partners, we approached the climate discussions head on from a position of strength and clarity. We are resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward to making progress. Today's action of reaching consensus makes clear that the Paris Agreement ...
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Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency On February 17, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as the 14th Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most recently, Pruitt served as the Attorney General for Oklahoma.  Almost immediately upon taking office, he worked with his Democratic counterpart in Arkansas to reach ...
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Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Lincoln Ferguson

A fourth generation Oklahoman, Lincoln Ferguson currently serves at the United States Environmental Protection Agency as Senior Advisor to the Administrator for the Office of Public Affairs. Lincoln is the primary spokesman for the Administrator and fulfills the duties of speech writing and operating social media platforms as well as coordinates all media inquiries. Prior ...
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Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Sarah Greenwalt

Ms. Greenwalt currently serves as the Administrator’s Senior Advisor for Water and Cross-Cutting Issues, advising on critical, sensitive matters pertaining to Agency programs on water initiatives and managing both internal and external Agency policy development and rulemaking efforts on major Administration water policy issues. As her title reflects, she also serves as a senior advisor ...
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Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Samantha K. Dravis

Samantha Dravis currently serves as Senior Counsel and Associate Administrator, Office of Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Office of Policy is the primary policy arm of EPA, providing multi-disciplinary analytic skills, management support, and special expertise in the areas of regulatory policy and management, environmental economics, strategic environmental management, and sustainable communities.
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Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Mark Kasman

Mark Kasman is Director for Regional and Bilateral Affairs in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs. In this role he manages EPA’s relationships with every country around the world. Previously, Mark served as EPA’s Senior Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Europe Programs. On loan from EPA in 2003-2005, Mark served as ...
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Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Jane Nishida

Jane Nishida is the Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA), having previously served as the Director of the Office of Regional and Bilateral Affairs within OITA. In her current capacity, she leads EPA's international and tribal portfolios, and is responsible for the full range of EPA's environmental policy development ...
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Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Mandy Gunasekara

Mandy Gunasekara joined the Environmental Protection Agency in March and serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. Previously, Mandy served as Majority Counsel for Chairman Inhofe during the 114th Congress and for Chairman Barrasso during the 115th Congress on the United States Senate Environment and Public ...
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Remarks by President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Troops and Families

And I'm trying to figure out who’s in that helicopter that is coming in. It may be Prime Minister Abe. It may be Justin from Canada. Great people. We made a lot of good friends this week, I'll tell you, a lot of good friends. They’re good people. America is very blessed with a lot ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

President Donald J. Trump met today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in Taormina, Italy, before the start of the G7 Summit. In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom, the two leaders reaffirmed their shared resolve to cooperate to the fullest extent possible to counter ...
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Melania Trump Announces Inaugural Foreign Trip as First Lady of the United States

The First Lady will join her husband throughout each day, but will also participate in many of her own events. In the latter part of the trip, Mrs. Trump will attend spousal programs at the NATO and G-7 summits. She will conclude the trip by delivering remarks to United States military personnel and families in ...
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Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Meeting with German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble

Earlier today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin met with Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble of Germany. Secretary Mnuchin and Minister Schauble discussed further collaboration on shared economic interests between the United States and Germany, as well as multilateral economic and finance issues involving Germany's G-20 presidency. Secretary Mnuchin stressed the importance of the EU ...
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Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Meeting with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso

On Friday, 12, May U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin met with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso of Japan. Secretary Mnuchin and Minister Aso discussed further collaboration on shared economic interests between the United States and Japan. Secretary Mnuchin thanked Minister Aso for Japan’s strong partnership and stressed the importance of the ...
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Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Meeting with Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Pier Carlo Padoan

​BARI, ITALY – Earlier today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin met with Minister of Economy and Finance Pier Carlo Padoan of Italy. Secretary Mnuchin and Minister Padoan reviewed recent economic developments in the Italian, European and global economies. The Secretary congratulated Minister Padoan on Italy's successful presidency of the G-7.
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Bari G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Steven Terner Mnuchin

As Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Mnuchin is responsible for the executive branch agency whose mission is to maintain a strong economy, foster economic growth, and create job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable prosperity and stability at home and abroad. He is also responsible for strengthening national security by combating economic threats and ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Foreign Travel

[...] Traveling next to Italy, President Trump will meet with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss cooperation between the United States and religious communities in areas of joint concern. He will also meet, in Rome, with President Mattarella of Italy, who will later host the G-7, to discuss multilateral cooperation and bilateral ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers Stand United to Face Pressing International Challenges

While the statement covers nearly two dozen regions and topics of interest ranging from Middle East and Africa to maritime security, the issues of counterterrorism, defeating ISIS, and the crises in Iraq and Syria were adressed at great length. The statement acknowledged that international cooperation remains of paramount importance in the fight against terrorism. Regarding ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Lucca and Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Lucca, Italy, April 9-11 to attend the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting provides a venue for the foreign ministers to discuss global political and security issues of mutual concern. Their discussions will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit which President ...
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Secretary Perry Will Lead U.S. Delegation to G7 Energy Ministerial in Rome

Rick Perry currently serves as the 14th United States Secretary of Energy. He leads an agency tasked with maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent and reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation, overseeing the United States’ energy supply, carrying out the environmental clean-up from the Cold War nuclear mission, and managing the 17 National ...
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Ambassador D. Bruce Wharton Press Statement

As we discussed this afternoon, cultural heritage sites and objects globally are at grave risk, not only from natural disasters, but also from man-made destruction, looting, and trafficking at the hands of terrorist organizations and criminal networks. Cherished heritage sites and precious artifacts from Timbuktu in Mali to Palmyra in Syria and the Mosul Museum ...
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U.S. Department of State and Smithsonian Partner on Emergency Cultural Heritage Work in Iraq

Nimrud, located about 20 miles south of Mosul, was under the control of ISIS until November 2016. During the city’s captivity, many important historical sites and artifacts were damaged or destroyed. The project builds on the Smithsonian’s work at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq which was established ...
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U.S. Vote at the UN on the Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups

The policy of the United States government is clear: the unlawful destruction or trafficking of cultural heritage is deplorable – we unequivocally oppose it, and we will take all feasible steps to halt, limit, and discourage it. Over the past two decades, we have seen damage to and destruction of our shared cultural heritage on ...
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Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Alyson L. Grunder

Alyson Grunder is the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). She oversees the Bureau’s Alumni Affairs, Collaboratory, Public-Private Partnerships, Policy and Evaluation divisions as well as ECA’s Cultural Heritage Center, and ensures that ECA programs are aligned with and advancing White House and Department of State ...
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Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Maria P. Kouroupas

She oversees the technical and administrative support requirements of U.S. implementation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. This includes support for the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, a statutory committee appointed by the President of the United States.
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Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Catherine P. Foster

Dr. Catherine P. Foster is Senior Cultural Property Analyst for the Cultural Heritage Center in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She administers several international treaties for the protection of cultural property against pillage and trafficking with countries in Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
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Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Aviva Rosenthal

She has more than 20 years of diverse experience in government, business and the non-profit sector. At OIR, Aviva manages a vast portfolio of strategic partnerships between the Smithsonian Institution and international governments, foundations, NGOs, and other organizations, as well as ongoing collaborations between the Smithsonian and various U.S. federal agencies including the U.S. Department ...
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Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Raymond Villanueva

Raymond Villanueva is the Director for the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Office of International Operations. In this position, Mr. Villanueva is responsible for a budget of more than $160 million and the operational oversight of 66 offices in 49 countries and 8 Department of Defense liaison officers with over 400 personnel. Mr. Villanueva has more ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at University of Trento

With fewer professors, there are fewer degree opportunities for graduate students which mean that fewer students pursue academic careers in American Studies. Equally important, it means that fewer students have the opportunity to learn about American history and literature since fewer courses are being taught by academic experts…it’s a vicious circle.
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