This is a trancript of an interview Matthew Alan Hill conducted with Mark Green for the Women and US Foreign Policy Interview Project at The Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.
Interviewee: Mark Green (MG)
Employment positions referred to in interview: United States Ambassador to Tanzania (2007-2009) and US House of Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th district (1999-2007).
Interviewer: Matthew Alan Hill (MH)
Date: July 26, 2011
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
General questions about your career [00:20 – 08:59]
Role of parents being foreign-born on his interest in international politics; influence of Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher; impact of Cold War on his interest in international politics; volunteer teaching in Kenya (1987-1988); member of the International Relations Committee; co-authored the PEPFAR is the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; co-author of the Millennium Challenge Act; foreign policy steps that could prevent terrorism; lessons drawn about development work from time in Wisconsin state legislature.
Experiences and knowledge of US engagement with gender issues in foreign policy [09:00 – 42:46]
Millennium Challenge Corporation and the role of gender in its programmes; Millennium Challenge compact and gender programmes whilst Ambassador of Tanzania; supporting women leaders in Tanzania; importance of gender in discussions in the International Relations sub-committee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations; health largest foreign aid expenditure; support for programmes combating AIDS; importance of educating girls using Mali and Ghana as examples; Trip to Ghana and Mali regarding health education; testimony before Congress regarding the need for foreign assistance funding of education programmes; promoting gender equality is in the US national interests; impact of economic hardship in the US to population’s determination to support foreign aid funded programmes; prevention best top combat conditions that encourage terrorism; “a plane landing safely is not news” and the problems of not having problems; gender influencing Bush and Clinton administrations’ foreign policy.
Views on recent US foreign policy related issues [42:47 – 51:45]
Importance of using religious types to support girls’ education in Tanzania countryside; US supporting not driving programmes by Tanzanian government; importance of social media in the Arab Spring; dangers of unmet expectations for governments.