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22 May 2015 Rugby World Cup 2015 - A Welsh Message  (YouTube)  Continuing his Welsh lessons, Ambassador Barzun looks forward to the Rugby World Cup at Millenium Stadium, Cardiff:


20 May 2015 Ambassador Barzun and First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones discuss Wales’ long term relationship with U.S. (via Gov.Wales)    First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has today held talks with the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun to strengthen Wales’ long term relationship with America.

27 February 2015 Welsh flag flies proudly from New York Stock Exchange in celebration of St David's Day (via WalesOnline)   The Welsh flag flew proudly from the financial capital of the world as First Minister Carywn Jones visited the New York Stock Exchange ahead of St David's Day.

15 February 2015 Keeping Us Safe Doesn't Mean The End Of Our Digital Privacy   As a new UK-U.S. cybersecurity drive begins, Ambassador Barzun explains how we can avoid a trade-off.

12 January 2015 Ambassador Barzun's Remarks at  Magna Carta Guildhall Dinner 



27 November 2014 A Labor of Love  Ambassador Barzun's Thanksgiving Day address at St. Pauls Cathedral, Thanksgiving Day 2014.

10 November 2014 Poppies at the Tower: By People, For People   Last month, Ambassadur Barzun had the honor of participating in the installation of the poppies at the Tower of London, officially called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

01 October 2014 2014 Midterm Elections  The midterm elections fall at the halfway mark of a four-year presidential term, often referred to as a referendum on the president and the president’s party, this year the election falls on Tuesday, 04 November 2014.   Up for election will be all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate. Also 36 state governors are up for election, most states elect their governors in the middle of presidential terms, rather than at the same time as the president.

29 August 2014 Obama visit will be another profound moment in history of U.S. and Welsh relations  This op-ed by Ambassador Barzun was published on Friday in the The Western Mail online.

27 August 2014 Ambassador Barzun's first Welsh lesson:


27 August 2014 A Sneak Peek at the 2014 NATO Summit:

11 August 2014 Ambassador Barzun on the upcoming NATO summit:  U.S.-U.K. Relationship: 'Not Only Special, But Essential'  (State Dept. blog)   "With the UK -- one of our closest and most capable allies -- as hosts, we can be confident it will lead the alliance toward making good on that vision. Because not only will this summit reinforce NATO’s role as the cornerstone of global security, it will also cement the United Kingdom’s status as a diplomatic superpower."

28 February 2014 New York celebrates Wales with First Minister Carwyn Jones (via  The British Consulate General New York hosted a reception to promote Welsh business, tourism, and culture and celebrate the national holiday of Wales, St David’s Day.

27 February 2014 Launch of Dylan Thomas Walking Tour  (via   First Minister, Carwyn Jones and Dylan Thomas’ Granddaughter, Hannah Ellis, officially launched the walking tour of Dylan’s New York haunts created by his daughter Aeronwy Thomas Elis and contemporary Welsh poet Peter Thabit Jones.

26 February 2014 First Minister launches Welsh caucus on Capitol Hill (via    Wales will have a powerful voice at the heart of the United States Government thanks to a new caucus launched on Capitol Hill by First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.


04 December 2013 Kerry Cites Goals for 2014 NATO Summit The 27-member NATO alliance is preparing for a 2014 summit in Britain and is focusing on three crucial issues: its future supporting Afghanistan security, future military capabilities and its partnerships with more than 44 nations, Secretary of State John Kerry says.

15 November 2013 NATO Secretary General announces dates for 2014 Summit (via " I am pleased to announce that the next NATO Summit will take place on September 4‑5, 2014. I also welcome the recent announcement by the British Prime Minister David Cameron that the UK will host NATO Heads of State and Government in South Wales."

07 November 2013 Ambassador Matthew Barzun says Nato Summit a 'huge opportunity' for Wales (via BBC Wales)  Visiting Wales on Wednesday (photo), Ambassador Barzun spoke with BBC Wales. "The NATO summit is going to be a major moment...all these Americans are going to be looking at Newport, at Cardiff, and all of Wales.  It’s just a wonderful opportunity to showcase what’s happening here."

07 November 2013 U.S. writer Claire Vaye Watkins wins Dylan Thomas Prize (via BBC Wales)   American short story writer Claire Vaye Watkins has been named the 2013 winner of the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize for new writers.  The California-born 29-year-old was one of seven writers aged under 30 shortlisted for the prize.

01 March 2013 Secretary of State Kerry on St. David’s Day in Wales  "On behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, it is my distinct privilege to congratulate the Welsh people as you commemorate St. David’s Day this March 1.

01 March 2013 Statement by Ambassador Susman, on the Occasion of St. David's Day in Wales

13 February 2013  Welsh official to drum up investment in San Francisco ( A Welsh government official will be permanently based in San Francisco, First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced during his trade mission to the city on the west coast of the USA.  Read more »

13 February 2013 Taking Wales to the World - San Francisco 2013 (  The West Coast of the United States was the focus of the Welsh Government’s February 2013 trade mission. The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, took 19 leading Welsh businesses to San Francisco.

23 January 2013 U.S. Ambassador to UK praises 'business-friendly' Welsh Government (via WalesOnline)   The U.S. Ambassador to the UK has praised the approach of the Welsh Government to encouraging trade with America as he prepares to step down from the role after more than three years. 


11 June 2012 State's Gottemoeller on Freeing World of Nuclear Weapons   Remarks by Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, at the Joseph Rotblat Memorial Lecture, Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

09 June 2012 Fulbright Community Helps Makeover Cardiff Allotments   Current American Fulbright scholars, British Fulbright alumni, Fulbright Commission and Embassy staff, and their friends joined forces with Keep Wales Tidy and spent the day volunteering at the Leckwith and Drove allotments site in Cardiff, Wales.   

16 April 2012 Steel giant Tata announces £800m Welsh investment (BBC News Wales)   India's Tata Steel is to invest up to 800 million pounds in its facilities in Wales over the next five years, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said in a statement, after returning from a visit to India.

20 March 2012 Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, Visits the United States of America   Said the First Minister: "Wales’ links with the USA date back to the very foundation of the Union.  I was honoured to be guest of honour at the 177th annual dinner of the St David’s Society of the State of New York.  The links continue to thrive today and our language and culture add an important dimension to our footprint. "

19 March 2012 Wales' Six Nations Rugby victory event at Senedd (BBC News Wales)   Congratulations to the Welsh Rugby Team for celebrating their rugby Triple Crown victory !

01 March 2012 Statement by Secretary Clinton on the Occasion of St. David's Day in Wales On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Wales as you celebrate St. David’s Day this March 1.

15 February 2012 U.S. insurance specialist Drias Transnat creates 50 jobs in Cardiff (WalesOnline)    U.S. company Drias Transnat is to create 30 jobs, rising to 50 over two years, by establishing  its first European operation in Cardiff.   Drias specialises in outsourced administrative functions to the insurance sector  and has chosen Cardiff Bay for a European centre of excellence.  The inward investment is the first in Wales from a US company for five years andis supported by £162,000 from the Welsh Government’s Economic Growth Fund.

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  • The 2014 NATO summit takes place 4-5 September 2014 in Newport, South Wales.