From Pittsburg to Portsmouth: The State Department’s Impact on New Hampshire
On behalf of the American people, the State Department promotes and demonstrates democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. By leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance, the Department keeps the American people safe both at home and abroad and advances our shared economic prosperity. The State Department directly impacts the “Granite State” of New Hampshire by employing its residents and supporting its educational institutions.
But first, it should be noted that New Hampshire has an illustrious place in U.S. diplomatic history. The Treaty of Portsmouth formally ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905. The negotiations took place in August in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and were brokered in part by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
Returning to present day, the State Department positively impacts New Hampshire by employing many of its residents. The National Visa Center in Portsmouth employs 750 individuals and handles centralized pre-processing and scheduling of immigrant visas for those seeking to make a permanent move to the United States. Combined with the National Passport Center, which employs more than 800 individuals and maintains 24/7 operations, the State Department is one of Portsmouth’s largest employers.
Turning to education, the State Department partners with New Hampshire institutions to bring about positive global changes. In January 2016, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative co-sponsored an Arctic Wellness conference with Dartmouth University. Participants included representatives from all eight Arctic countries as well as the Arctic Council’s six permanent participants. A representative from the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) attended the conference and presented on One Health, a concept that integrates human, animal, and environmental health. The following year, Dartmouth convened a Model Arctic Council session focused on One Health with further participation by OES officers.
From Pittsburg to Portsmouth, the State Department positively impacts New Hampshirites through employment opportunities and educational partnerships. New Hampshire has a place in the diplomatic history books, and continues to make a difference in the world.
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Editor’s Note: This entry originally appeared on DipNote.
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