Interview With Ambassador Nancy Soderberg

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Stephen Dare and Arash Kamiar sat down to speak with Former Ambassador Nancy Soderberg about the use of lethal drones by the military, the future of the Port of Jacksonville, Foreign Policy for cities and her work with the New Global Compact. Check out the full interview this weekend on MetroJacksonville!

Video Interview filmed in partnership with Post Newsweek and
Produced by Stephen Dare and Arash Kamiar
Edited by Stephen Dare and Devlin Mann
Post Production in cooperation with DVA
Metro Theme Music composed by Darren Davis
December, 2013


Hi, this is Stephen Dare from Metro thanks for joining us today. Arash Kamiar

Arash Kamiar: 'Hello"

Stephen Dare: '….also from Metro and I are joined by Nancy Soderberg one in the more dynamic women involved in the Jacksonville community she's a visiting distinguished scholar at University of North Florida, former Ambassador under Bill Clinton and she's been involved with a couple of global initiatives.  Recently she's been appointed--and by recently I mean August--- to our Port Authority and we're here to talk to Nancy about three things: drones and their assessments in US policy, the Port, foreign policy for cities and also kind of the projects which you're involved with… yeah?'

Nancy Soderberg: Thanks for having me!'

Stephen Dare:  'Thanks for having us so Nancy, you worked in New York on developing a foreign policy for Mayor Bloomberg and I think a lot of people kind of shuffle through life and they don't realize that cities can have foreign policies that are different from the United States you know for example San Francisco had a very different policy about the Contras and the Nicaraguan Sandanistas than the Reagan government and many cities are kinda following… they've given up on the federal government on greening and following green initiatives and Jacksonville has no foreign policy.'

Nancy Soderberg:  'Well think actually Jacksonville does have a foreign policy we're trying to grow exports. the Jaguars were just in London; we have mentioned the port as a huge driver of economic growth here and we export and import a lot from Latin America to Latin America so much of the economy of Florida in general and Jacksonville depends on exports. If you look at the CSX the railroad, we take imports and send them all across the country. We're actually west of Cleveland… people forget that we are tied to the international community very much here so Mayor Brown does actually have foreign policy and its to try and push exports and and bring jobs here most cities around the country do have policies that reflect the interest of their own citizens and one of the most interesting is the C40 that's run by Mayor Bloomberg where it connects cities--- many more than 40 right now----all around the world to institute climate change in their cities because they're so frustrated with what the national governments international institutions the failure to move so they're really driving that it's very powerful movement.. There's obviously immigration issues the drug laws so there's a lot of autonomy in that and they try and  step into the breach when the federal government fails. Sometimes it's just wacky stuff that they wanna you move through their own systems but the politics of cities and the international politics of cities is fascinating.'

Stephen Dare: 'So, you know obviously we do everything through our port is with other cities and other countries-- most of it is--- yet in there's a lot of criticism-- especially on our site on the administration of the Port when it comes to dealing with other countries and developing trade. For example I don't think there are any speakers I'm of other language besides English involved with the Port Authority Administration and very little outreach---how do you deal with other countries  if you don't speak their natural language how do you deal with their business…

Nancy Soderberg:  'Well, obviously an international aspect to the those in the Port Authority is important.  And I actually think Brian Taylor, the new head of the Port Authority is going to be terrific.  And you know, the language of the world is, is English and so….but that's not really a big issue… what's important is to get some federal funding to build, to grow that port which will be an engine of growth.'

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