A Few Questions for the Dutch Ambassador

The Council recently welcomed the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States, Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos, to Pittsburgh.  While the Ambassador was in town, she had a number of meetings and events to attend, many specifically related to the Distinctively Dutch Festival that was held, but she took some time to speak with Leah Dunn, a student from Northgate High School. In their brief interview, they discuss a multitude of topics, including: the Ambassador’s career path, the importance of learning different languages, the relationship between the Netherlands and the U.S., the euro-crisis, higher education in Europe, and careers in international affairs.

If you’re interested in hearing more from Ambassador Jones-Bos, check out her interview on the Council’s weekly radio show, Global Press Conference, on KQV Newsradio (here).


A Few Questions for the Indian Ambassador

The Council recently welcomed the Ambassador of India to the United States, Meera Shankar, to Pittsburgh.  While Ambassador Shankar was in town, she had a number of meetings and events to attend, but she took some time to speak with Joe Lucot, a student from Upper St. Clair High School.

If you’re interested in hearing more from Ambassador Shankar, check out her interview on the Council’s weekly radio show, Global Press Conference, on KQV Newsradio (here).  In addition, the Tribune Review has a great article on the Ambassador’s visit, which can be found here.

>Ask A Diplomat with Ambassador Minton

>We sat down with Ambassador Minton, the President of the Korea Society and former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, to ask a few questions.  Check out the video to hear his thoughts on the current situation in Japan, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the United States and South Korea, what Americans should know about Mongolia, and a career in diplomacy.

>Americas Wednesday: Ask An Expert

>Christina recently sat down with the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, Michael A. Rodriguez, for a short video interview.  In this video, SAC Rodriguez discusses his career path and offers advice to local students as to how they may become more globally competitive.


For his complete bio, please click here. For more information about the FBI, please visit their homepage (here).

>Ask A Diplomat — Ambassador Kutelia

>We recently had a visit from Ambassador Kutelia, the Georgian Ambassador to the United States, Canada and Mexico.  He accomplished a lot during his short visit to Pittsburgh.  He:

  •  met with various organizations here in Pittsburgh
  • stopped by our office for a great conversation with a small group of teachers about an opportunity to teach English in Georgia (more information on the “Teach and Learn With Georgia” program can be found here).
  • visited Hampton High School (a local school with a partnership with a school in Tbilisi that was formed during our G-20 Student Summit).  Here is a Post-Gazette article about his visit.
  • recorded a radio interview for our Global Press Conference radio show on KQV. (It can also be found here, and on our iTunes podcast!)
  • allowed me to interview him as a part of our “Ask A Diplomat” series. The video is found below.  Enjoy! 

>Ask An Expert – Niels Annen

>Watch as Niels Annen (a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Washington D.C., and former member of the German Parliament) answers questions submitted by local students. He discusses his career, the German military, China, and the World Cup.

Thanks to the students of the Summer Seminar on World Affairs, particularly Glenn and Alexa, for their fantastic questions!

>Happy (Belated) Cinco de Mayo!


On May 5th, the Council hosted Dr. Arnulfo Valdivia Machuca, Chief of International Affairs of the State of Mexico.  He spoke at a luncheon event (which was covered by C-SPAN), participated in a radio interview, and answered some questions presented by local students.  Dr. Machuca spoke primarily on Mexico: Meeting the Challenges of Economic Recovery and Expanded Organized Crime.

Here are a few highlights from his visit:

  • Click here to visit the C-SPAN website and watch the video of Dr. Machuca’s luncheon presentation.
  • Click here to listen to the recording from his interview for Global Press Conference on KQV 1410.
  • Click here to view the “Ask A Diplomat” video — with questions supplied by local students!