Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits UT Austin | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Above photo: Julie Kavanagh, a Diplomat in Residence at the LBJ School, participated in an exclusive visit prior to the scheduled remarks.

On February 1, The University of Texas at Austin hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson to address U.S. engagement in the Western Hemisphere.

Secretary Tillerson’s visit came at the one-year anniversary of being sworn in as Secretary of State. During his remarks, Secretary Tillerson touched on three pillars of U.S. engagement with the region: economic growth, security and democratic governance. He also discussed NAFTA and touted U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials, delivering a pledge to crackdown on corruption and authoritarian governments in Latin America.

LBJ School students were given priority seating during the event and had the opportunity to ask Secretary Tillerson questions.

Above photo: LBJ Student Allie Swatek poses a question to Secretary Rex Tillerson.

The event was co-hosted by the Clements Center for National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Principal co-sponsors include the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Presidential Library.  

Will Inboden, Clements Center Director and an associate professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, conducted the question and answer session with Secretary Tillerson.

To bid Secretary Tillerson, an alum of UT Austin, a Texas farewell, the Longhorn Band closed the event with “The Eyes of Texas.”

The event was co-hosted by the Clements Center for National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Principal co-sponsors include the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Presidential Library.