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The primary role of the Office of the Historian is to publish the record of U.S. foreign policy and provide State Department decisionmakers with historical studies on particular foreign affairs issues. The office also advises officials on using and disposing of the Department's older records and provides historical reference services to government officials, scholars, the press and the public.


Track Two:
Beyond Traditional Diplomacy

Programs that encourage unofficial dialogue between adversaries or communities in conflict are what track two diplomacy is all about. Designed to complement official diplomacy, track two initiatives advance U.S. interests.

Recognizing this, the State Department has played a key role in assisting Columbia University's track two portfolio in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean region. Today, U.S. Embassies in Ankara, Athens and Nicosia are fully engaged in promoting track two activities.


On the Road to Kakuma

I had met film director Oliver Stone several years agoI, so when I learned he was making a new film with a refugee and humanitarian relief theme, I suggested that we travel to Africa together to visit refugee camps and talk with refugee assistance officers on the job. The purpose of the trip would be to help the director experience the reality of humanitarian relief work and understand the role of the U.S. government in assisting those in need.


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