Political / Economic Section
The Political-Economic Section assists the Front Office in the conduct of bilateral relations with the Dutch Government on political and economic policy matters, as well as a full range of transnational issues. In addition, the Section ensures the Department of State and other U.S. government agencies are aware of significant political and economic developments in the Netherlands. The section is also responsible for coordinating U.S. and Dutch positions in multilateral fora.
The Section also has the lead on bilateral counterterrorism and law enforcement policy issues within the Mission in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, FBI, DEA and the Department of State.
The section tracks, analyzes and reports on bilateral political, economic and transnational issues by maintaining contact with Dutch government departments, members of parliament, political parties and think tanks, as well as interested non-governmental organizations, academics, individuals and businesses. The officers and staff of the Section use these opportunities to advocate U.S. policy, promote U.S. interests, assess the degree of support for U.S. policies, and promote cooperation with the Dutch Government in areas of mutual concern.
Some of the issues handled by the Political-Economic Section include:
- Bilateral and multilateral trade policy
- Technology, including biotechnology, IT, and telecommunications
- Transportation, including civil aviation
- Environmental policy, including climate change
- Counter-terrorism initiatives
- International development and aid coordination
- Energy security and infrastructure
- Financial and economic policy
- International security issues, including NATO and non-proliferation
- Multilateral concerns, including UN and EU affairs
- Human Rights
- Law Enforcement
- Trafficking in Persons
The Political and Economic Section generally has an intern during the fall and spring semesters, as well as the summer months. Interns have unparalleled opportunities to learn about diplomacy first hand, participating actively in the section’s daily work. Applications for internships may be submitted to the Office of Recruitment in the Bureau of Human Resources.
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