A Perspective on US Diplomatic Strategy
US Asst. Secretary of State for International Organizations, Esther Brimmer
Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009
In this podcast, Esther Brimmer, US Asstistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, discusses US Diplomatic Strategy. Brimmer answered a number of questions including:
- How has the U.S. Government’s approach to international organizations changed under the Obama Administration?
- What is its approach to, and what are the benefits of, revitalizing multilateral diplomacy?
- How can multilateralism help achieve U.S. foreign policy goals?
- What are the Administration’s priorities in international organizations, particularly on peace and security, human rights and human security, and UN reform?
In her role as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Brimmer leads the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, which strives to advance U.S. interests through international organizations in areas including human rights, peacekeeping, food security, humanitarian relief, and climate change. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Brimmer was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at The Johns Hopkins University. There she specialized in transatlantic political and security affairs. Dr. Brimmer’s previous government service included two years in the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning, where she worked on European Union, Western Europe, UN, and multilateral security issues. Dr. Brimmer was also a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in spring 2000. From 1993-1995 she served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. In that capacity she worked on UN, peacekeeping, human rights and political-military issues. Dr. Brimmer received her D.Phil. (Ph.D.) and master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Oxford and her B.A. in international relations from Pomona College in Claremont, California.