Three diplomatic women

first_imgAmerican foreign policy has never been more complicated. As the country faces key concerns involving globalization, terrorism, climate change, nuclear proliferation, and cybersecurity, there is no agreement among U.S. presidential candidates about when and how the nation should engage with the world militarily, economically, and philanthropically.As technology makes nations more intertwined than ever, the United States has had to recalibrate its global role away from John Wayne the sheriff and toward Henry Clay the consensus-builder.“I don’t think we should always lead. There’s a limit on how much capacity we have and where. I think the difference is Americans often have a desire to make things happen, to get things done, but I don’t know that our leadership is always the right voice,” said Ambassador Kristie Kenney, strategic adviser on foreign policy to Secretary of State John Kerry as counselor of the department. “Our world is a lot bigger, and I don’t think America can go it alone — [and] I think that’s a good thing.”While its input and leadership is still important, the United States doesn’t “always have to be in the front row” on every issue, she said during a talk about diplomacy Wednesday with former Ambassadors Wendy Sherman and Swanee Hunt.As undersecretary of state for political affairs before her retirement last fall, Sherman was the State Department’s lead negotiator on the historic Iran nuclear arms deal. She is now a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Professor of Public Policy and founder of the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS. She was U.S. ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997.The trio spoke candidly with HKS students who plan to enter the Foreign Service about their experiences, and both the advantages and difficulties they’ve faced as women representing the United States around the world.While technological advances have made communication, the lifeblood of diplomacy, faster and easier, that has come at a price, putting greater time demands on State Department staff and leaving their work facing rising risks from hackers. That’s a worry Sherman regularly warned her staff to be mindful of at all times “because it can all be on the front page of The Washington Post tomorrow, and we’re all going to have to live with that.”“On my State Department BlackBerry, I communicated lots of things because the speed of time and the demands of Washington required me to write things on my email back to Washington that in previous days I might not have,” said Sherman, who noted that speed was so essential during the Iran deal negotiations that “the only way” she could communicate with her Iranian, European, Chinese and Russian counterparts was through unclassified email. Some material was likely classified after she retired, she added, an indirect reference to the controversial email practices of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state.“We need to think through the norms for the use of our BlackBerries and iPhones as diplomats, and we really haven’t had all of the dialogue we need to have about those norms,” said Sherman.Asked how gender affected their interactions, particularly with leaders from countries where women did not hold positions of power or were not as visible in the public sphere, all three women said there are certainly some challenges to being treated as an equal or in overcoming stereotypes.Being well-informed and prepared, showing respect for and a willingness to work with people who may not share your views, making an effort to develop and maintain relationships, and advocating for yourself are all vital, said Kenney, who served as ambassador to Ecuador and was the first female ambassador to Thailand and the Philippines.But their gender also offers some advantages, they said, such as greater freedom to say things that would be received far differently if uttered by a male colleague or to use traditional social conventions of dinners and galas to gain better access to world leaders.“Madeleine Albright taught me a very important lesson years ago when she was ambassador to the United Nations, and that was that when you sit at the table, you are the United States of America. And so it mattered less that I was a woman than that I was the United States of America,” said Sherman. “Having understood what power that brought to the table, I made every use of it.”For students, hearing directly from such accomplished female diplomats was inspiring.“I must say, every single time I meet with a distinguished member of the Foreign Service, I’m more confident that this is the right decision I’ve made in my life,” said Abdulaziz Said, M.P.P. ’16, who organized the panel. “As a man, I left this conversation with a shared responsibility for uplifting women and girls around the world.”“Everyone who’s come to speak to us from the Foreign Service has been a senior male and can’t really relate to the struggles of being a woman in these positions or having to run a family at the same time,” said Tracey Lam, M.P.P. ’16, who will enter the U.S. Foreign Service after graduation. “It’s such a rare occasion to be able to sit with three senior, strong women and know that it’s possible.”last_img read more

Ellsworth baseball team beats MDI to clinch No. 1 seed

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) ELLSWORTH — The stakes are always high when Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island play, but the latest meeting between the two on the baseball diamond had even more on the line.In the final game of the regular season Tuesday, the top-ranked Ellsworth Eagles took to their home field looking to add yet another win to their remarkable résumé. On the other side, the visiting Trojans had hopes of a season sweep in the series after giving Ellsworth its only loss of the year late last month.Fans of both teams lined the fences all the way from home plate to the left- and-right field foul poles, and with Senior Day proceedings for Ellsworth unfolding, the atmosphere was a festive one. In the end, that atmosphere proved to be a sign of things to come as the Eagles beat their biggest rival for their 13th straight win.Ellsworth topped MDI 8-3 on Tuesday to secure the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Northern Maine playoffs. The win was just the latest chapter in what has been a great 2018 season for Hancock County’s two Class B North schools, both of which could have deep playoff runs ahead of them.MDI’s Erik Merchant crosses home plate to score a run during the second inning of a high school baseball game against Ellsworth on May 29 at Ellsworth High School. Both teams will have home games in the upcoming Class B North playoffs. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Going into a big game like this with one team No. 1 and the other No. 2 is the way both these teams would want it,” Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said. “Both games this year, you saw that neither one of us ever gives in.”After the teams exchanged runs in the first inning, MDI took a 2-1 lead in the second when Liam Sullivan tripled to right field to score Erik Merchant. Ellsworth pitcher Matt Burnett was able to strand Sullivan at third with back-to-back strikeouts, but diving stops by MDI pitcher Matt Perconti and second baseman Nick Stanley in the bottom of the inning preserved the visitors’ lead.In the third inning, though, Ellsworth went ahead 4-2 after Sam Horne knocked in two runs with a base hit to right and Austin Baron laid down an RBI bunt single along the third-base line. MDI (11-5) put runners on second and third with only one out in the top of the fourth, but Burnett escaped another jam with consecutive strikeouts to keep the Eagles in front.“These boys have been under duress plenty of times this season, and I think one of the biggest things that happens as your team matures is that you just don’t panic anymore,” Curtis said. “When we got out of that first jam, we were in a good spot because we were only down a run. Once we did that, it was just a matter of making sure the bats got going and getting those few runs.”With Ellsworth (15-1) plating four more runs in the fourth inning to give itself added breathing room, the Eagles were well on their way to victory. Conner Wagstaff struck out five straight batters after coming on in relief, and a late MDI rally in the seventh earned the Trojans just one run before Wagstaff forced a ground ball for the game’s final out.Ellsworth’s Matt Burnett pitches during the fifth inning of a high school baseball game against MDI on May 29 at Ellsworth High School. Burnett earned his seventh win of the season for Ellsworth, which has now won 13 consecutive games since losing to the Trojans on April 24 in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLBurnett improved to 7-0 on the season for Ellsworth with eight strikeouts and added two hits at the plate. Horne and Brad Smith led the Eagles with three hits apiece.For MDI, Perconti struck out four batters before departing in the fifth inning for reliever Andrew Kennedy, who held the Eagles to one hit the rest of the way. Sam Keblinsky had a team-high two hits for the Trojans.The result also snapped a four-game winning streak for MDI. Depending on results elsewhere in the state tomorrow, May 30, the Trojans will play a home game in either the preliminary round or the regional quarterfinals.“We’ve got some things to work on, but we’ve done a really good job to get this far and get that home playoff game,” Pooler said. “We’ll see where we end up in the playoffs, and then it’s a brand-new season from there.”Earning revenge on the Trojans was a big step for Ellsworth, but the No. 1 seed was even more meaningful. The Eagles will be the home team throughout the regional playoffs as they seek their first state title since 1988.“Locking up No. 1, that’s the dream,” Burnett said. “That’s the biggest thing we needed to do today, and we got it done.” Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biolast_img read more

India vs West Indies: Jadeja delighted after repaying Kohli’s trust

first_imgAdvertisement jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs10nrjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) elrv0Would you ever consider trying this?😱3f3sCan your students do this? 🌚g47Roller skating! Powered by Firework Ravindra Jadeja is thankful for the faith Virat Kohli had in him and is glad that he could repay with a crucial half-century. Questions were asked when he was selected in the playing XI for the first Test against West Indies, and Jadeja replied in style with his vital 58 from 112 balls. Him and Ishant Sharma put up a 60-run partnership for the eighth wicket, helping India to reach 297 in the first innings.Advertisement The Saurashtra man was preferred over Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav in the final XI and former Indian captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly raised questions about that decision. But, after being asked to bat first, India was in a spot of bother with the score at 189/6, when Jadeja along with the tail-enders propelled India’s innings to a respectable score of 297 in the first innings.Advertisement “I was focusing on my game, I was not thinking about what is going on outside, what others think. I was just trying to give my best on the field,” said Jadeja who also took one wicket for 58 runs from his 10 overs as the West Indies ended the second day’s play at 189 for eight in their first innings.The allrounder then expressed his gratitude for the trust his captain put in him saying, “I did not have any pressure to perform. Obviously, you feel good when the skipper believes in you, considers you as main player. It boosts your confidence because your captain is showing confidence in you. Luckily, I have been able to repay the faith by performing well. I will keep doing the same in future also.”Advertisement    Advertisementlast_img read more