Foreign Policy Honors Secretary of State John Kerry with the 2015 Diplomat of the Year Award


News Story from: 10/20/15

October 20, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Foreign Policy’s CEO and editor David Rothkopf announced today that FP’s annual “Diplomat of the Year” award will be presented to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, recognizing achievements throughout his tenure as Secretary of State. The award will be given to Kerry tonight at the Diplomat of the Year dinner, where the other honorees include U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Vital Voices Global Partnership.

Pritzker will receive the Commercial Diplomat of the Year award for her contributions to promoting international understanding and cooperation through the fostering of public and private sector economic ties. Vital Voices will receive the Citizen Diplomat of the Year award for their influential role in promoting the empowerment of women worldwide. The award will be accepted by the organization’s CEO and President, Alyse Nelson.

Rothkopf says of awarding Kerry with the Diplomat of the Year award, “Throughout his tenure as Secretary of State and beyond, Secretary Kerry has demonstrated extraordinary resourcefulness, tenacity, and skill in advancing U.S. interests while unflinchingly tackling a series of exceptionally demanding challenges.” Rothkopf also said Kerry has “an outstanding record of concrete achievements that places him at the forefront of modern American Secretaries of State.”

Past recipients of FP’s annual Diplomat of the Year award include IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde (2014), U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns (2013) and Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, Singapore’s former ambassador to the U.S. (2012).


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