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USA*Engage Marks Decade of Advocacy with Re-Launch of Web Site
Date: 1/18/2008

Features New Resources on U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Washington DC – USA*Engage today re-launched its Web site,, with new tools, issues pages, publications and other resources, which underscore the importance of diplomacy, trade and engagement between the United States and the international community.
“Ten years ago, U.S. foreign policy seemed to turn frequently to unilateral sanctions,” said USA*Engage Co-Chair Bill Reinsch. “Today, the pendulum seems to be swinging back in the same direction. This new Web site will be an excellent tool as we seek to reinforce the benefits of U.S. engagement and diplomacy in the world.”
Since its inception more than a decade ago, has been widely recognized as a resource for information about U.S. unilateral sanctions policy. The redesigned Web site features new issues pages cataloging USA*Engage’s work on its priority issues as well as important publications from unaffiliated organizations. These priorities include: State and Federal sanctions; Diplomacy, Trade & Aid; Engaging Cuba; Rethinking Iran; the Alien Tort Statute; Export Controls Policy; and Visa Policy.
The site also includes new navigation and drop-down menus, making articles, legislative updates and publications easier to access. All information posted on the Web site prior to the beginning of 2008 can still be accessed through the site. An archives section preserves access to, and the format of, the coalition’s activities from 1997-2001.
Site visitors can also sign up on the homepage to receive timely updates on USA*Engage’s work.
The original USA*Engage Web site, which was launched in 1997 as an educational tool for policymakers to illustrate the diplomatic and economic costs of a U.S. foreign policy too reliant on unilateral sanctions, was one of the very first sites designed and used specifically for issue advocacy.
The new web site was designed by Free Range Studios.

USA*Engage ( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.
The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.