On November 14, 2013, The Delaware Chapter of People to People International
, World Trade Center Delaware
and Widener Law School welcomed Marcia Anglarill, a public diplomacy officer with the U.S. State Department.
The event took place in the Barrister’s Club and featured a luncheon. Following an introduction from People to People’s Carl R. Hutter, Ms. Anglarill, who currently serves as the Cultural Programs & Exchanges Coordinator for the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, outlined the United States’ “Rebalancing Plan for Asia.”
She explained that the term “Rebalancing” is used because it indicates the United States’ focused attention on Asia but not to the exclusion of other areas. The U.S. does not want to be perceived as turning its back on other nations due to the focus on Asia. She also covered the five key components of "Rebalancing":
- Strengthening of treaty alliances.
- Deepening engagement with emerging powers by forming a more collaborative partnership while encouraging these powers to become more responsible players.
- A more coherent regional architecture.
- Trade and economic growth.
- Maintaining peace and security.
After explaining the Rebalancing, Ms. Anglarill opened the floor to questions – and there were a great many! The questions covered everything from how to get started in the diplomacy field to human rights to clarifying points on the “Rebalancing” approach. The engaging questions extended well beyond the allotted time, but Ms. Anglarill patiently answered them all. She even stayed afterwards to speak with those who still wanted to continue the conversation.
The event provided an exciting conversation about diplomacy and international relations, and the Widener Law community is grateful to People to People International and World Trade Center Delaware for bringing Ms. Anglarill to campus.
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