International Affairs Links
What We Do
John C. Wobensmith, Acting Secretary of State
~ Luis Borunda, Principal Deputy Secretary of State
Welcome to the International Division
Anna Yankova, Director International Affairs
The International Division for Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State will foster global awareness and increase
the level and consistency of open dialogue and exchange between Maryland's citizens and institutions and their international
Maryland and Anhui, China Celebrate 30
Years of Friendship: Secretary of State
John P. McDonough, center, visited Anhui Province China in early September
2010 to honor the 30th anniversary of the Sister State partnership between
the regions. Secretary McDonough met with
Anhui Deputy Governor Hua Jianhui. The Secretary was accompanied on the
business and trade
mission by representatives from 20 small and medium size Maryland companies.
The International Division focuses its attention on two special areas:
The award-winning Maryland Sister States Program. Chaired by the Secretary of State, steered by a devoted
and spirited Advisory Board of Directors, and staffed by an army of citizen volunteers, the Sister States Program was established
in 1980 to provide a forum for the promotion of international cooperation and understanding. Learn more about each of our ten
relationships by clicking on the links to the right. If you would like more information regarding the benefits of the Sister States
Program, please click here.
The Governor’s Subcabinet on International Affairs.
Details about its mission and functions can be found by selecting the "About Us" button above.
For more information about each agency in the Subcabinet, select a state agency from the drop down menu below.
For more information on any of these International activities, please contact Anna Yankova, Director of International Affairs at
410-260-3865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Agencies that comprise the Subcabinet on International Affairs
Maps of the Sister States
Memorandums of Understanding - pdf file
For our Subcabinet on International Affairs members and perspective international guests:
- The International Mission Briefing is to be completed by state agency representatives who are
coordinating official state visits overseas for their agencies. Please send the completed form to Ms.
Anna Yankova, Director of International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of State.
click here for form
- The International Delegation Request for meeting with State of Maryland
form is to be completed by representatives of foreign delegations and
returned to the appropriate representative of the state agency with which
the delegation is requesting a meeting. It is suggested that the state
agency representative answer in writing exactly what the agency can
provide. click here for form
MD Sister States
* Emeritus status
The Maryland Sister States Program is the conduit for Maryland’s ten
official sister state relationships established with states, regions or
provinces in various countries around the world. The program oversees an
array of international exchanges, promoting a balance of business,
educational and cultural interests. To view the location of each Sister
State on our world map, please click here.