Wednesday, 16 May 2012 marked the third of four meetings of the Federal Advisory Committee for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society initiative. As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee, Dr. Chris Seiple joined representatives of civil society organizations and U.S. government agencies as they participated in the 2012 Summit of the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society. A “Global Town Hall” meeting was held from 10:00-11:00am EDT at the Department of State. Secretary Clinton offered remarks on the work and actions of the Committee members and the Dialogue's success over the past year in integrating ideas from civil society into State Department policy.The event was streamed and available through For more information on the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society, the 2012 Summit, and related events, please visit

Following the Global Town Hall meeting Dr. Seiple attended the Federal Advisory Committee meeting to discuss new outcomes of the Group's engagement and its latest set of policy recommendations.

Building on the momentum from the preceding day, Dr. Seiple will represent the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group on Thursday, 17 May from 9:00-11:00am at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars to take part in a panel titled, “QDDR in Action: Civil Society Sustainability in U.S. Foreign Policy.”

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, U.S. Department of State; Chair, Federal Advisory Committee on the Secretary's Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society.
  • Chris Seiple, President, Institute for Global Engagement.
  • Scott Busby, Director, Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State.
  • Mark Mittelhauser, Associate Deputy Undersecretary, International Labor Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor.


Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State.


  • Steve McDonald, Director of the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity; Director of the WC's Africa Program.

The event will be webcast. Additional details to follow.