Interview with US Ambassador Suzan LeVine
On June 2, 2014 Ambassador Suzan LeVine took up her position as US Ambassador to Liechtenstein and Switzerland. On June 26 she presented her credentials to H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.
Ambassador Suzan LeVine with H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.
Having a distinguished background in the private sector and philanthropy, the Embassy of Liechtenstein was interested in how Ambassador LeVine was adapting to her new role. The following are some questions she answered from her office at the US Embassy in Bern.
How are you and your family handling the transition?
The transition has gone well. I arrived on June 2nd – and immediately started my listening tour – connecting with business leaders, social media leaders, students, members of the governments, and more. I have been traveling all over the region and, in my downtime, have been urban hiking, mountain hiking and swimming in rivers. On June 26th, I went to Vaduz to deliver my credentials – particularly appreciating the opportunity to speak with both Prince Alois as well as Foreign Minister Frick. On the 27th, my family arrived and we’ve been settling in ever since – with me continuing my efforts to connect with people across all walks of life from both countries and the family enjoying their summer break from school. We couldn’t be more honored and humbled to be here and look forward to getting to know more of the region and its people. You can actually see some of my thoughts and perspectives here on my blog: http://blogs.usembassy.gov/levine/ and follow what’s happening more immediately @AmbSuzi on Twitter.
You have already been able to travel to Liechtenstein to present your credentials. What were your first impressions of the Principality?
My first impression of Liechtenstein was actually cemented far in advance of my credential delivery. I got a sense of the quality of the people, their dedication to making the world a better place, and their laser focus on the success of their nation when I had the opportunity to meet Ambassador Fritsche in Washington DC. When I was finally able to see the principality, the grandeur and history complemented what I had already experienced and completed a picture of a country whose impact far exceeds its size. I’m looking forward to visiting again with my family to celebrate National Day on August 15.
Where do you see the next stage of Liechtenstein-US relations?
The Liechtenstein-US relationship is quite strong – especially in the areas related to our economic ties and in support of the efforts with the OSCE and fighting violence against women. Thus – I believe that the next stage of Liechtenstein US-relations is about growing our economic ties and increasing our collaborations around security and development.