Mission Reports

The Council of American Ambassadors sponsors an international mission program to conduct on-the-spot investigations of national and/or regional conditions. Planned in consultation with the host country government and the U.S. embassies and the country desk officers of the State Department, these visits provide an opportunity to ascertain the opportunities and challenges beyond our borders that generally cannot be gained through normal media channels.

The international mission program is educational in nature. Mission delegations produce a report on their findings following each mission. Reports are posted online on the Council's website and are distributed to officials from the countries visited.

Mission Reports

  • Jun 11, 2011 - Jun 23, 2011

    Report on the Mission to Denmark, Sweden and Norway

    The Council of American Ambassadors sponsored a fact-finding mission to Denmark, Sweden and Norway from June 11-23, 2011. The countries of Denmark, Sweden and Norway were selected for the 2011 mission in order to further strengthen the strong ties the United States shares with these nations; how they weathered the global financial crisis; and the ways each is dealing with global issues, including immigration, environmental concerns and the pursuit of renewable and clean energy sources.
  • Oct 15, 2007 - Oct 19, 2007

    Report on the Mission to Canada

    The Council of American Ambassadors carried out its second mission in 2007 with a visit to Canada from October 15-19, 2007. The visit was entirely in the capital, Ottawa, and coincided, importantly, with the opening of new government business with the formal reading of the Speech from the Throne on October 16.
  • Apr 10, 2007 - Apr 13, 2007

    Report on the Mission to Mexico

    The Council of American Ambassadors undertook a mission to Mexico in April 2007. The delegation met with top officials and policy analysts across a range of Ministries, at the National Immigration Institute, the Mexican Senate, and with the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and frontline officers at the U.S. Embassy.
  • Sep 17, 2006 - Sep 27, 2006

    Report on the Mission to Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua

    The Council of American Ambassadors sponsored a mission to Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua from September 17-27, 2006. The objective was to examine the current political, economic and social climate of each nation and the state of its relations with the United States. In this year [2006] of significant electoral flux in the Western Hemisphere, election systems, candidates and political parties merited particular scrutiny in Nicaragua and Venezuela, as did the condition of Colombia's newly re-elected President and his ongoing struggle with three terrorist groups.
  • Sep 15, 2005 - Sep 28, 2005

    Report on the Mission to Russia, Ukraine and the Slovak Republic

    The Council of American Ambassadors sponsored a mission to Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia from September 15-28. The delegation, which counted seven former United States Ambassadors, visited Moscow, Kyiv and Bratislava. The purpose was to investigate each country’s current political and economic situation and the state of relations with the United States, Putin’s Russia, and its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, Ukraine’s post-Orange Revolution climate and Slovakia’s standing following its recent entry into the European Union (EU) and NATO.
  • Oct 4, 2004 - Oct 15, 2004

    Report on the Mission to Poland and Romania

    The Council of American Ambassadors sponsored a mission to Poland and Romania from October 4-15, 2004. The delegation, which included ten former United States (US) Ambassadors and 14 spouses and guests, visited Warsaw, Krakow and Bucharest. The purpose was to investigate the political and economic situation in both countries and their relations with the European Union (EU) and the US, particularly as allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and in the international coalition against terrorism.
  • Sep 21, 2002 - Oct 5, 2002

    Report on the Mission to Turkey and Belgium

    The purpose of the Council of American Ambassadors' Mission to Turkey and Belgium was to investigate Turkey's political and economic situation and its relations with the United States, particularly as an ally in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the international coalition against terrorism, and to learn more about the European Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the enlargement processes underway in NATO and the EU, including Turkey's pending application for EU membership.
  • Sep 4, 2001 - Sep 19, 2001

    Report on the Mission to China and the Hong Kong SAR

    The Council of American Ambassadors sponsored a mission to China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) in September 2001. The delegation visited Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
  • May 6, 2000 - May 18, 2000

    Report on the Mission to Argentina, Brazil and Chile

    The Council of American Ambassadors' mission delegation visited Buenos Aires, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia to investigate the political and economic situation in three Latin American countries.