I was in New York for the UN General Assembly and so was Under Secretary of State for civilian security, democracy and human rights Sarah Sewall. So, schedules aligned for this serendipitous, first-ever live taping of the podcast in front of an audience organized by New York chapter of the group Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
Sarah Sewall kicks off telling some behind the scenes stories from her week at the UN and describing what it’s like being a top US diplomat during the busiest week on the diplomatic calendar. We then discuss some of the substantive issues she is working on relating to countering violent extreemism and terrorism through diplomacy and development. She also recounts her ground breaking career path that lead her from her home in Maine to the highest reaches of foreign policy making.
This is a lively and fascinating discussion with a true innovator of American foreign policy making.