- Fact Sheet: The Arms Trade Treaty
- Budget: Fact Sheet on State Dept. USAID 2016 Budget Request
- Fact Sheet: Criminal Justice Sector Assistance
- Bureau of Energy Resources (State.gov)
- Cuba: Fact Sheet on Steps to Chart A New Course in Cuba
- Fact Sheet: East Asia-Pacific Engagement
- Fact Sheet: Drug Policy
- Foreign Assistance Dashboard
- G8 Summits
- Haiti: U.S. Assistance 2010–2015
- Fact Sheet: National Security Strategy 2015
- Piracy (Naval)
- Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)
- Secretary of State John Kerry (State.gov)
- Space Policy of the U.S.A (PDF via Whitehouse.gov)
- Visits of Secretaries of State to the UK
- Visits of Presidents of the United States to the UK
- Water Security, (U.N. Roundtable)
Foreign Policy News
16 April 2015 Defense Secretary Carter Discusses Top National Security Priorities Defense Secretary Ash Carter today discussed his top priorities and other defense issues at a Pentagon news conference. The secretary said his first priority is to help President Barack Obama to make the best possible national security decisions and then to implement those decisions.
16 April 2015 Deputy Defense Secretary on Challenges and Threats of Space Domain In a candid and passionate speech, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work yesterday asked members of the space community to help the United States maintain its edge in the space domain in the 21st century. Work spoke to more than 200 people from industry and government at the annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
15 April 2015 Amb. Power at Hearing on Appropriations for Foreign Operations "But the central point I want to make to this Committee is that, even taking into account these weaknesses, America needs the United Nations to address today’s global challenges. The United States has the most powerful set of tools in history to advance our interests, and we will always lead on the world stage. But we are more effective when we ensure that others shoulder their fair share and when we marshal multilateral support to meet our objectives."
31 March 2015 State's Blinken on An Enduring Vision for Central Asia
10 March 2015 State's Blinken on The Future of UN Peace Operations "So while challenges to peacekeeping have fundamentally changed, the truth is that we, as a peacekeeping community, largely have not. And this goes, I think to the heart of the challenge that we face. ... We know we have to do better—to equip UN peacekeepers with the flexibility, with the capacity, and the political backing to meet 21st century challenges."
02 March 2015 Kerry on Human Rights, Meeting with Russian FM Lavrov "Because of the important progress that we have seen over the course of the past five years, the United States very much continues to believe in the potential of the Human Rights Council, and we’re dedicated to try to work for its success."
27 February 2015 President Obama on Murder of Boris Nemtsov (via Whitehouse.gov)
26 February 2015 Fact Sheet on State Department, USAID 2016 Budget Request
26 February 2015 Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes (via State.gov) The Department of State announces today the release of newly digitized versions of twenty volumes from the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign relations. These volumes cover events that took place between 1948 and 1951 and wereoriginally published in print between 1973 and 1998. [This] release is part of the Office of the Historian's ongoing project  to digitize the entire Foreign Relations series.
25 February 2015 Advancing U.S. Interests in a Troubled World: The FY 2016 Foreign Affairs Budget Testimony by Secretary Kerry before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Washington, DC.
24 February 2015 Secretary Kerry on FY2016 State Department Budget Request Testimony by Secretary Kerry before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Foreign Operations, Washington, DC.
23 February 2015 Amb. Power at Debate on Purposes, Principles of U.N. Charter Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Debate on the Purposes and Principles of the Charter of the United Nations
08 February 2015 Kerry with German, French Ministers at Munich Forum "We can’t just work to put out the fires that Daesh and other groups are igniting in the region and around the world; we have to actually prevent the ignition of those fires in the first place."
06 February 2015 White House Fact Sheet on 2015 National Security Strategy
04 February 2015 U.S. Officials on Biden’s Trip to Belgium, Germany Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany 5-6 February. In Brussels, the Vice President will meet with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Martin Schulz and other European Union leaders. In Munich, the Vice President will deliver remarks at the Munich Security Conference, where he will also meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and other leaders.
02 February 2015 State Dept. Officials on 2016 Budget Request "[The] Department of State and
USAID budget request is for $50.3 billion, and that breaks down 43.2
billion for enduring or base resource request and $7 billion for OCO.
The request is a 6 percent increase over the FY 2015 enacted level."
• Facts on State Dept., USAID 2016 Budget Request
15 January 2015 State's Harf on U.S. 2015 Foreign Policy Priorities
12 January 2015 U.S. Political Debates Show Importance of Foreign Policy Issues Heated partisan debates over the best way to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals are evidence of how very important those goals are to Americans, Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations said in a speech at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
12 January 2015 USAID Helps Haiti Build Disaster Resilience After 2010 Quake
08 January 2015 State, USAID Officials on Haiti Aid, Earthquake Anniversary
08 January 2015 State Dept. Fact Sheet on U.S. Aid to Haiti Five years after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development. Since 2010, U.S. post-earthquake assistance to Haiti has helped to measurably improve key economic and social indicators and build infrastructure necessary for self-sustaining growth. Effective governance and strong democratic institutions in Haiti, including scheduling overdue elections, are critical to ensure that progress made is sustained and expanded.
29 December 2014 Facts on U.S. Assistance for Haiti 2010–2014 Five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development. With the help of the international community, Haiti has made significant advances. The U.S. post-earthquake strategy for Haiti focuses on four sector pillars designed to catalyze economic growth and build long-term stability.
21 December 2014 3 U.S. Cabinet Members: New Cuba Policy Looks Forward, Not Back Op-ed by Secretary of State John Kerry, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew appeared in the Miami Herald on December 20.
17 December 2014 Obama Charts New Course on Cuba Policy The United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in
relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people,
the president said, because decades of U.S. isolation from Cuba have
failed to promote development of a democratic, prosperous, stable Cuba.
• White House Briefing on Cuba Policy Changes, Alan Gross Release
• Obama on U.S. Policy Changes Regarding Cuba
17 December 2014 Fact Sheet on Steps to Chart A New Course in Cuba
17 December 2014 Treasury Secretary Lew on Cuba Policy Changes (via IIPDigital)
17 December 2014 Commerce Secretary Pritzker on U.S. Policy Changes on Cuba (via IIPDigital)
08 December 2014 Kerry on Anniversary of Convention on International Civil Aviation (via State.gov) "Seventy years ago in Chicago, 52 nations including the United States established an agreement that would guide the development of civil aviation. That agreement, signed on December 7, 1944, created the framework within which the aviation industry has grown and established ICAO as the forum through which the international community has promoted aviation safety and security."
03 December 2014 U.S. Updates Lists of Goods Produced by Child and Forced Labor “There’s a story behind each item on these lists — a child facing back-breaking labor without education or other opportunities for a better life or an adult trapped in a dismal job through deceit or threats,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These lists raise awareness about child and forced labor. Through collective efforts we can, and must, work together to end these cycles of exploitation.”
26 November 2014 Secretary Kerry travels to Belgium, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, 01-05 December 2014 On December 4th, the Secretary will then travel to London, United Kingdom, to deliver remarks at the London Conference on Afghanistan, a platform for the government of Afghanistan to set out its vision for reform and for the international community to demonstrate enduring support for Afghanistan.
21 November 2014 The United States Announces Significant Support for the Clean Cooking Sector and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today announced up to $200 million in expected renewed and enhanced support by the United States for the clean cooking sector and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
16 November 2014 White House Fact Sheet on G20 Brisbane Summit
11 November 2014 Russia's Putin, Obama Meet Amid Tensions U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met briefly on the sidelines of a conference in Beijing, covering a few of the key global issues on which their governments do not agree.
30 October 2014 Kerry’s Interview at Washington Ideas Forum Secretary of State John Kerry With Steve Clemons of The Atlantic At the Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum
14 October 2014 Ambassador Power on U.N. Resolution on U.N. Mission in Haiti (via IIPDigital) Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Security Council Resolution 2180 on MINUSTAH in Haiti.
03 October 2014 Biden Outlines U.S. Foreign Policy for Rapidly Changing World “The world has changed,” Vice President Biden said October 2 at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Boston. “The sheer rapidity and magnitude, the interconnectedness of the major global challenges demand a response ― a different response, a global response involving more players, more diverse players than ever before.”
29 September 2014 Fact Sheet: Global Peace Operations Initiative (State.gov) The Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) is a U.S. Government-funded security assistance program working to meet the growing global demand for specially trained personnel to conduct international peace operations by building the capabilities of U.S. partner countries to train and sustain peacekeepers; increasing the number of capable military troops and police units available for deployment; and facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of peacekeepers.
25 September 2014 G7 Foreign Ministers’ Joint Statement on Fighting ISIL We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union jointly condemn the brutal violence, hatred and intolerance of the terrorist organisation operating under the name ISIL.
18 September 2014 The U.S. at the UN: Maximizing the Impact of Collective Action Remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Dean Pittman, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC.
17 September 2014 State's Stengel: U.S. in Information ‘Battle’ with ISIL, Russia U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel says that in the face of strong foreign propaganda machines such as Russia and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the United States needs to harden its “soft power” with its own participation in the global conversation.
17 September 2014 State's Pittman: Why the United Nations Matters More than Ever "The annual UNGA is a frantic, frenzied spectacle. It is also a diplomatic marvel, and though we will certainly not agree with everything that is said, proposed, or concluded in these next few crazed days, we embrace the opportunities it presents to advance U.S. interests and strengthen collective action on urgent needs."
17 September 2014 State’s Harf at Foreign Press Center on Upcoming U.N. Meeting
28 August 2014 U.S. Seeks International Coalition to Defeat Extremists U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States is working to put together a coalition of countries in Europe, the Arab world and beyond who might contribute to taking on the threat posed by IS Sunni militants. She said there are many ways for nations to contribute.
21 August 2014 U.S. Official at U.N. Security Council on Conflict Prevention Remarks by Christopher Klein, Political Minister Counselor, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, at a Security Council Open Debate on Conflict Prevention.
20 August 2014 President Obama on Murder of Journalist by Terrorist Group ISIL "Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. ... The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done. And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others."
20 August 2014 Secretary Kerry on Murder of Journalist by Terrorist Group ISIL "James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria."
14 August 2014 Kerry: Law, Not Coercion, Key to Resolving Sea Disputes Speaking in Hawaii after a weeklong trip to Asia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said resolving competing territorial claims in the South China Sea is about respecting international law, not rival claimants trying to intimidate each other.
14 August 2014 USAID’s Shah Says People Responding Well to 4 Humanitarian Crises In a time of unparalleled need, the response from our nation’s humanitarians and our partners has been inspiring. Children and their families trapped on Mount Sinjar in Iraq are receiving U.S. military airdrops of food and water.
10 August 2014 U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (State.gov) Today, Secretary Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The meeting continued 37 years of high-level U.S.-ASEAN engagement since the United States became an ASEAN dialogue partner in 1977.
10 August 2014 Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Participation in ASEAN (State.gov)
05 August 2014 Kerry to Push China, Neighbors to Stop Destabilizing Moves A senior U.S. diplomat says Secretary of State John Kerry will urge China and its neighbors at an upcoming summit to agree to voluntarily refrain from destabilizing actions in the South China Sea.
04 August 2014 Pacific Maritime Exercise Enhances Cooperation Among 22 Nations The world’s largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, held in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, concluded August 1. The exercise garnered participation from 22 nations and involved 49 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 people.
30 July 2014 The United States Contributes $378 Million in Additional Funding to Syria. Nearly 11 million Syrians today are struggling to survive one of the worst humanitarian crises in living memory.
30 July 2014 White House Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One
24 July 2014 Exceptional International Development Projects Win U.S. Awards The U.S. Treasury Department announced awards July 23 for exceptional development projects undertaken by the multilateral development banks (MDBs).
23 July 2014 State Department Daily Press Briefing
25 June 2014 ‘Rim of Pacific’ Maritime Exercise Kicks Off June 26 The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
11 June 2014 Security Advisor Rice on American Leadership, Collective Action Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
11 June 2014 U.S. Envoy DeLaurentis at U.N. Debate on Peacekeeping (via USUN) "Rwanda and Srebrenica taught the world, and the UN, an extremely costly but important lesson: in order to fulfill their basic duty to protect civilians, peacekeepers need clear, robust mandates. "
06 June 2014 Peace Corps Provides Clean Cookstoves to Communities People in developing countries often cook and heat their food over an open flame, which can be costly and dangerous. The overuse of wood and charcoal leads to widespread deforestation, and smoke inhalation can lead to health problems. To reduce the need for fuel, boost income, decrease deforestation and improve health and air quality, Peace Corps volunteers around the world are helping their communities build improved cookstoves.
05 June 2014 G7 United in Support for Ukraine, Obama Says
05 June 2014 Declaration from G7 Summit in Brussels
05 June 2014 Fact Sheet: The 2014 G-7 Summit in Brussels The leaders of the G-7 met in Brussels on June 4-5 after the previously scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi, Russia, was cancelled when G-7 leaders suspended Russia’s participation in response to its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
04 June 2014 G7 Leaders’ Statement on Foreign Policy Issues
31 May 2014 U.S. Will Continue to Lead in 21st Century, Hagel Says The United States will continue
to lead in the Asia-Pacific region, but the methods will change, Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel said here May 30. Hagel spoke to the annual Asia Security Summit sponsored by the
International Institute of Strategic Studies. It was Hagel’s second trip
to the summit, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, and his fifth trip to
the region since becoming defense secretary.
• Hagel Remarks in Singapore on U.S. Asia-Pacific Policy (via IIPDigital)
31 May 2014 A Persistent Presence: U.S. commitment to European Security (via Defense.gov) The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.
31 May 2014 U.S. General: Asian Nations Need to Dial Back on Provocations Tensions have ratcheted up in the Asia-Pacific region, and countries need to dial back on provocative acts to avoid the dangers of miscalculation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an interview
30 May 2014 Hagel: Meetings in Singapore Will Build on Relationships (via IIPDigital)
29 May 2014 Secretary Kerry on Commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers (via State.gov) "President Obama and I are well aware of the dangers peacekeepers face every day, and we honor the more than 3,200 men and women—including 72 Americans—who have laid down their lives in the service of peace since 1948."
28 May 2014 Obama Says Collaboration Is Best Response to Global Challenges President Obama said U.S. foreign policy will place greater emphasis on global collective action through international institutions and alliances, saying multinational cooperation has shown itself to be the most successful and sustainable response to instability, terrorism, climate change, poverty and other 21st-century challenges.
• President Obama’s Commencement Address at West Point
• Senior Official on Obama's Address at West Point
• Interview With Chuck Todd of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown
• Interview With Chris Cuomo of CNN New Day
21 May 2014 State’s Sepulveda in Miami on Future of Internet Governance Prepared remarks on "Internet Governance Futures — Impact of Brazil Conference and Looking Forward".
20 May 2014 State's Russel on Budget Request for East Asia and Pacific (IIPDigital) "The rebalance is built on a simple premise: the Asia-Pacific is integral to United States growth and stability. For that reason, our continued engagement must not and will not waver. Secretary Kerry recently submitted to Congress a report on State Department and USAID’s strategy in support of the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region that clearly articulates that the future security and prosperity of our nation will be significantly defined by developments in the region"
19 May 2014 State Dept. on flooding in the Balkans "The United States wishes to express its condolences to all those in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia who have suffered as a result of the devastating flooding over the past several days. We extend our readiness to assist the governments and people of each of these countries as they mourn the dead, treat the injured, and address the extensive losses and damage caused by this natural disaster."
08 May 2014 White House Press Gaggle Following are excerpts of the White House press gaggle related to U.S. foreign policy and international engagement.
06 May 2014 23 Nations to Participate in Largest Maritime Exercise Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 people will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled for June 26 to August 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC helps participants build the cooperative relationships needed to ensure the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
27 April 2014 Obama: Southeast Asian Youth Will Shape Region’s Future Saying the youth of Southeast Asia will shape the region's progress and future, President Obama told young people in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that Asia likely will define the “contours of the century ahead.”
25 April 2014 State’s Yun on Security, Defense Rebalance to Asia (via IIPDigital)
24 April 2014 Strong Japan-U.S. Ties Benefit World, Obama Says In remarks to reporters before his April 24 meeting with Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Obama said U.S.-Japan “shared democratic values mean that we have to work together in multilateral settings to deal with regional hot spots around the globe, but also to try to make sure that we are creating a strong set of rules that govern the international order.”
22 April 2014 White House Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One Following are excerpts of the April 22 White House press gaggle related to U.S. foreign policy and international engagement
21 April 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry to launch the 2014 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) (via State.gov) The 2014 QDDR will be the second iteration of the quadrennial strategic review begun under the leadership of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. It will guide the Department and USAID in becoming more agile, responsive, and effective in the face of traditional and emerging challenges as well as new opportunities.
15 April 2014 USAID Unveils New Model of Development to End Extreme Poverty "We now have a clear roadmap out of extreme poverty that is driven by broad-based economic growth and transparent democratic governance."
08 April 2014 National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2015 International Affairs Budget Opening statement by Secretary of State John Kerry before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
07 April 2014 Hagel: U.S.-Japan Partnership Critical to Regional Security Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel landed in Japan April 5 as part of his fourth official trip to the Asia-Pacific region to reassure the nation’s leaders that the U.S.-Japan relationship is one of America’s strongest partnerships, friendships and treaty relationships. Hagel expressed his firm commitment to the U.S.-Japan treaty of mutual cooperation and security and to working closely with the leadership of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to improve the nations’ collective capabilities.
31 March 2014 U.S. Poverty-Fighting Agency Affirms Strong Anti-Corruption Focus The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation board of directors, at its quarterly, affirmed the global anti-poverty agency’s commitment to collaborate with experts, data scientists and other U.S. government agencies on finding better tools for measuring corruption.
14 March 2014 Kerry Defends Foreign Policy Budget During Busy Week of Diplomacy During a busy week for international diplomacy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attended a series of congressional committee hearings March 12–13 to explain his foreign policy objectives to the lawmakers who will determine how much money he will have to pay for them. In response to questions about shifting budget priorities, Kerry pointed out the value of strong diplomatic relationships. In many areas, “it’s not our economic assistance that is our lever. It’s this relationship.”
12 March 2014 Secretary Kerry on the FY2015 Department of State Budget "I believe this budget strikes a balance between the need to sustain long-term investments in American leadership and the political imperative to tighten our belts here at home. I believe the budget’s a blueprint providing the minimum our people need to be able to carry out their mission and to enhance national security and promote global stability."
04 March 2014 Highlights of the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development Budget The President’s FY 2015 budget request for the Department of State and
the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is $46.2 billion.
The request reflects continued American leadership in pursuit of
stability and prosperity while making tough trade-offs to support
national security, diplomatic, and development priorities.
• U.S. Officials on 2015 State Department, USAID Budget
• Obama Submits Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 to Congress
26 February 2014 No U.S. Visas for Those Involved In Sexual Violence, Kerry Says Anyone involved in sexual violence in times of armed conflict will not receive a U.S. visa, says Secretary of State John Kerry. “No one, and I mean no one at the highest level of military or
governance, who has presided over or engaged in or knew of or conducted
these kinds of attacks is ever going to receive a visa to travel into
the United States of America from this day forward,” Kerry said. Every
U.S. Embassy and post around the world, he said, will be alerted to this
injunction and report incidents of sexual violence in conflict
• Discussion on Ending and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations
25 February 2014 Effective Water Management Can Prevent Conflict, USAID Says Countries with unreliable supplies of water are more vulnerable to conflict, according to a new report from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The report says that population growth and movement to urban areas pose significant challenges to governing water infrastructure.
25 February 2014 Kerry Recruits Partners to Seek Sustainable Ocean Solutions Secretary of State John Kerry has announced he will host a major conference in June to seek solutions to the environmental problems threatening the world’s oceans.
20 February 2014 Social Media Seen as Powerful Force for Foreign Policy Messages In a round-table discussion February 18, representatives from the U.S. Department of State shared their opinions on using social media to promote U.S. foreign policy objectives on a personal level. The discussion was part of a Social Media Week conference in New York City.
12 February 2014 U.S. Intelligence Leaders Outline Security Threats Cyber attacks, isolated ground attacks, ongoing regional conflicts and organized crime are among the major threats to the long- and short-term security of the United States and the rest of the world. In testimony before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee James Clapper, U.S. national intelligence director, and Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said increasingly diverse formal and informal terrorist networks constitute major sources of foreign and domestic destabilization.
12 February 2014 The State Department Means Business: How the Department Promotes Prosperity at Home and Abroad (via State.gov)
• You can also read this as a PDF document
10 February 2014 Federal Marriage Recognition Extended to Same-Sex Couples Married same-sex couples will enjoy the legal recognition and privileges granted to heterosexual married couples, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The announcement caps a period of what Holder called “remarkable, once-unimaginable” progress for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. While many state governments have taken steps in recent years to recognize marriage of LGBT couples, the touchstone for federal action stems from a Supreme Court decision in mid-2013 striking down a 1996 federal law that had banned recognition of same-sex marriage.
10 February 2014 State Dept. on Detentions of Activists in Cuba "We are deeply concerned about the recent increase in arbitrary detentions, physical violence, and other abusive actions carried out by the Cuban Government against peaceful human and civil rights advocates. ... Freedoms of expression and assembly are internationally recognized human rights, and the Cuban Government remains the outlier in the Western Hemisphere with its lack of respect for these rights."
08 February 2014 Kerry on Donoghue Nomination to International Court of Justice "I am delighted to announce the formal nomination of Joan E. Donoghue by the U.S. National Group to serve a second term as Judge on the International Court of Justice, an institution that plays a vital role in international dispute resolution and in the development of international law."
03 February 2014 Kerry, Hagel Discuss Balance in U.S. Diplomacy and Defense At the gathering of the world’s top diplomats and defense officials, Kerry said the trans-Atlantic community cannot retreat from the challenges and threats that arise across the globe. Kerry proposed that what is needed in 2014 is a trans-Atlantic renaissance, “a new burst of energy and commitment and investment in the three roots of our strength: our economic prosperity, our shared security and the common values that sustain us.”
01 February 2014 Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Defence Hagel at Munich Conference on Security, Diplomacy Issues Kerry: "Our challenge today is to ensure opportunity, security, and liberty for Americans and Europeans, but also for people all over the world who look to us for that possibility."
• Hagel's Meeting in Munich with U.K. Defense Secretary
• Munich Security Conference Spotlights the Transatlantic Renaissance (Dipnote blog)
31 January 2014 U.S. Shifting Focus from Combat to Diplomacy The curtailment of overseas military commitments enables the United States to pursue a broader strategy of diplomatic and political international engagement.
29 January 2014 2014 Policy Priorities for the Obama Administration Foreign Press Center briefing with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.
9 January 2014 USAID Sets Ending Extreme Poverty as Top Goal The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will make ending extreme poverty its top goal, say senior development officials. Addressing a gathering Alex Thier, USAID’s chief policy officer, said that in working to achieve the goal, USAID will try to better engage "fragile states where conflict, corruption and current crisis impede the kind of inclusive growth that limits our ability to address the causes and consequences of extreme poverty." He noted that the global community also has embraced the goal as it continues to form a post-2015 development agenda.
29 January 2014 Ambassador Power at U.N. Open Debate on War (via IIPDigital) "We know that the opposite of “war” is not “peace.” The opposite of war is “not war.” And we have to remain alert to the chasm between a mere suspension of hostilities and the creation of lasting reconciliation based on the acceptance of a shared historical narrative.... To move from “not war” to “peace,” communities need to be able to know who did what, how, and why—to move from blaming “Christians” or “Muslims,” “Hutu” or “Tutsi,” “Shia” or “Sunni,” “Dinka” or “Nuer”—communities must begin holding not whole races or religions responsible for their pain, but individuals."
27 January 2014 Amb. Power on Passage of U.N. Resolution on Kidnapping for Ransom "The United States commends the United Nations Security Council for today’s passage of Resolution 2133 which identifies kidnapping for ransom as a source of terrorist financing, expresses the Council’s determination to secure the safe release of hostages without ransom payments or political concessions, and calls upon all Member States to prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from such concessions."
23 January 2014 Internet Governance 2020 - Geopolitics and the Future of the Internet Remarks by Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
14 January 2014 Haiti Remains U.S. Government Priority Blog post by John Groarke, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s mission director in Haiti.
02 January 2014 State Official Says Asia Rebalance Is Here to Stay Blog post by Assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel R. Russel.
19 December 2013 Joint Statement on Call for Responsible Behavior at Sea During the 2013-2014 Southern Ocean Whaling Season (via State.gov) "The Governments of Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States jointly condemn any actions at sea that may cause injury, loss of human life or damage to property or the marine environment during the 2013/14 Southern Ocean whaling season. ... Our Governments remain resolutely opposed to commercial whaling, including so-called 'scientific' whaling, in particular in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary established by the International Whaling Commission. Lethal research techniques are not required for modern whale conservation and management. We will continue to engage on this matter."
18 December 2013 U.S. Extends Helping Hand to Philippines The United States is extending both a reliable helping hand and a hand of long-term friendship to the Philippines as that nation struggles to recover from a devastating typhoon that leveled large swaths of the country November 8. To that end, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. government will commit an additional $25 million in humanitarian aid to provide food, clean water, shelter materials and other supplies for millions of people affected by the typhoon.
18 December 2013 USAID Studies Emerging Trends to Plan for Future Planners at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are increasingly studying global and local emerging trends like urbanization, climate change and mobile phone use so they can design programs that will meet future development needs. By assessing trends USAID can plan programs for 15 years and longer rather than for the traditional three-to-five-year period.
16 December 2013 Key Facts on Expanding U.S. Engagement with East Asia-Pacific Recognizing that America’s future prosperity and security are intertwined with the East Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama made a strategic commitment to rebalance our efforts and investments toward Asia. The United States will remain a strong, reliable, and active partner in the region and is investing diplomatic, public diplomacy, military, and assistance resources in a way that is commensurate with our comprehensive engagement. We continue to emphasize economic development, energy cooperation, people-to-people exchanges, youth, and education in our programs.
12 December 2013 USAID, Partners Award Power Agriculture Innovators The U.S. Agency for International Development and four of its partners named two innovative organizations the top winners of their global challenge to design clean energy solutions that have the potential to transform the way farmers and agriculture-related businesses in the developing world feed their countries.
11 December 2013 Kerry at Transformational Trends Strategic Forum "As Mandela proved, though it may sometimes seem impossible, when we stay hopeful, when we stay persistent, when we stay true to our deepest values, when we are prepared to stand up and fill the vacuum or to lead, we can transform history," Secretary of State John Kerry says at the Transformational Trends Strategic Forum.
09 December 2013 Private Giving Fuels Developing Country Growth, Data Shows Private philanthropy, investments and remittances in the developing world now far exceed aid from developed country governments. Those private flows are fueling economic growth in recipient countries, according to a new report from the Center for Global Prosperity at the Washington-based research group Hudson Institute.
21 November 2013 Bilateral Team Assesses Remote Sites in Philippines A bilateral assessment team recently traveled to remote areas in and near Leyte, Philippines, using an MV-22 tiltrotor Osprey aircraft to assess the needs of people isolated by Typhoon Haiyan, as part of Operation Damayan.
20 November 2013 Typhoon Relief Gaining Momentum, Officials Say Humanitarian efforts to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan are gaining momentum with growing international contributions and strong engagement by the Philippines government, according to a senior U.S. disaster assistance official.
19 November 2013 Empowerment Focus of Three Peace Corps Projects Peace Corps volunteers in Cambodia, Guyana and Senegal recently engaged their local community members in activities to encourage thinking beyond traditional gender roles and inspire self-confidence.
19 November 2013 Deputy Attorney General Cole on Fighting Corruption Abroad “We all eventually suffer the negative impact of transnational corruption,” U.S. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole says in remarks at the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Conference
19 November 2013 USAID Facts on U.S. Aid for Typhoon Victims in Philippines
18 November 2013 Joint Task Force 505 Activates for Operation Damayan (via Defense.gov) Joint Task Force 505 officially activated today to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in support of the Philippine government and armed forces in Operation Damayan.
18 November 2013 Secretary Kerry on U.S. Policy in Western Hemisphere (IIPDigital)
18 November 2013 U.S. Increases Typhoon Relief for Philippines The United States has increased to more than $37 million its funding for emergency relief in areas of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
16 November 2013 USAID Facts on U.S. Aid for Typhoon Victims in Philippines Conditions in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines continue to improve, and the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) reports significant improvement in the speed and efficiency of relief distributions in Tacloban and surrounding areas.
15 November 2013 U.S. Education Secretary Finds Heartbreak, Inspiration in Haiti The two days I spent in Haiti were inspiring and heartbreaking. From a school that is educating kids that live on the streets during the day to a hundred children crammed into a 7th grade classroom, the thirst and hunger for learning was incredible.
14 November 2013 U.S. Officials Cautiously Optimistic About Aid in Philippines After days of logistical challenges that kept thousands of Tacloban City’s desperate storm survivors cut off from food, water and medical supplies, air and overland routes are starting to open.
14 November 2013 Remarks by President Obama on Philippines, Iran "Well, let me make a couple of points. Number one, I've said before and I will repeat: We do not want Iran having nuclear weapons. And it would be not only dangerous to us and our allies, but it would be destabilizing to the entire region, and could trigger a nuclear arms race that would make life much more dangerous for all of us. So our policy is Iran cannot have nuclear weapons. And I'm leaving all options on the table to make sure that we meet that goal."
13 November 2013 U.S. Begins Aid Distribution in Philippines Area Hit by Typhoon The United States on November 13 began to distribute emergency hygiene kits and plastic sheeting in the central region of the Philippines hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Storm-damaged roads, debris, and downed trees and power lines make distribution a challenge, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
12 November 2013 U.S. Donates $20 Million to Help Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Survivors The United States is donating $20 million in immediate assistance to people affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which brought strong winds and heavy rain to the Philippines November 8 and 9. Following a formal request by the Philippine government, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Manila Brian Goldbeck declared a disaster in the country and announced the immediate release of $10 million in U.S. funds to provide health, water and sanitation support to those affected by the typhoon.
07 November 2013 Ambassador Power at U.N. Association's Global Leadership Dinner
07 November 2013 Hagel: Six Priorities Shape Future Defense Institutions (via Defense.gov) In the months since the 2012 defense strategic guidance first reflected a new budget reality, Pentagon officials and military leaders have been working on the department’s longer-term budget and strategy said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
07 November 2013 White House Press Briefing "The P5-plus-1 is engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran that offer the possibility of a verifiable diplomatic agreement that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Those talks are continuing today in Geneva, where the United States is represented by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman."
06 November 2013 Defense Secretary Hagel at Global Security Forum Remarks by By Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the CSIS Global Security Forum.
05 November 2013 USAID Announces Urban Area Development Policy With world populations increasingly moving from rural to urban areas, the U.S. Agency for International Development has developed guidance to help its staff and local governments expand their capacity to effectively respond to cities’ demands for basic services.
30 October 2013 State Dept. Facts on Energy Diplomacy in 21st Century
24 October 2013 America's Leadership in the World Secretary Kerry's Remarks at the Center for American Progress' 10-year Anniversary Policy Conference. Said Kerry: "As the aspirations that make America great go global, there are incredible opportunities for America to benefit and also to provide leadership".
24 October 2013 U.S. Welcomes Record Number of Refugees The United States welcomed a record number of refugees in fiscal year 2013. A refugee is legally described as someone who has fled from his or her home country and cannot return because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
02 October 2013 South Korea, U.S. Announce “Tailored Deterrence” Strategy The United States and South Korea agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a press conference in Seoul.
29 September 2013 Hagel Media Briefing En Route to Republic of Korea "This is my third trip to this part of the world since I've been secretary of defense. The President's rebalance and focus on the Asia Pacific is a policy that's clearly in the interest of the United States and I -- I think the Asia Pacific region, we have always been a Pacific power. As you look at the demographics and you look at where the world is trending, the strength of the developing economies in this part of the world, it's clear that it -- it will become an even more important and shaping and defining region of the world. So it's important that the United States pay attention and continue to strengthen and enhance our relationships here."
26 September 2013 State Dept. on Progress by Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves In honor of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ third anniversary, the United States is pleased to announce that its total commitment in support of the Alliance and clean cookstoves has grown to up to $125 million through the first five years of the Alliance. This investment represents an increase of nearly $11 million over the past year and will help the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. This commitment also spans eleven federal agencies and comprises $60 million in research, $15 million in field implementation activities, and up to $50 million in financing.
25 September 2013 Kerry Signs Treaty to Halt Illicit Arms Trade Secretary of State John Kerry has signed a treaty to reduce the risk of international transfer of conventional weapons used to fuel conflict, terrorism and human rights violations.
• Fact Sheet: The Arms Trade Treaty
24 September 2013 Obama Cites World's Capacity to Reach Humanity’s Highest Ideals “While we need to be modest in our belief that we can remedy every
evil, while we need to be mindful that the world is full of unintended
consequences, should we really accept the notion that the world is
powerless” in the face of repeated episodes of genocide and massacre,
Obama asked during a wide-ranging speech to world leaders September 24
at the opening of the 68th session of the General Assembly.
• Remarks of President Barack Obama As Prepared for Delivery
• White House Fact Sheet on U.S. Support for Civil Society
24 September 201 International Partnership Defends Civil Society Worldwide The United States joined 23 other governments in issuing a joint statement September 23 affirming the important role that civil society organizations play in sustaining a vital nation and denouncing the “ongoing assault” that is challenging the existence of these groups in many countries.
23 September 2013 Ambassador Power Decries Misuse of Communication Technology Although modern communication technology is a powerful tool in the hands of civil society and human rights activists, repressive governments are also using it to squelch their opponents, says Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Power cited the case of American journalist Marie Colvin, a respected war correspondent. Colvin was killed in February 2012 while reporting on atrocities in Syria. It is believed the Assad regime was able to bomb her location by using the coordinates generated by her satellite phone.
23 September 2013 Treasury's Stack Lays Out Facts About Law to Fight Tax Evasion The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is rapidly becoming the global standard in the effort to curtail offshore tax evasion. This month’s G20 communiqué marked another important milestone; highlighting the importance of global tax transparency and a renewed commitment to work towards an international standard for the exchange of tax information.
20 September 2013 Global Challenges Require Investment in Multilateral Diplomacy The global challenges that nations face today require a determined investment in multilateral diplomacy, and the United Nations system is the best place for it, Acting Assistant Secretary of State Dean Pittman says. “It is in our interests to build more secure, stable states overseas,” Pittman said. Providing better health care globally, protecting the environment and related issues are “all benefits to Americans as well as to the rest of the world.”
03 September 2013 G20 Summit in Russia Will Focus on Global Economic Growth Leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) advanced and emerging economies, who are meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5 and 6, are expected to focus on the importance of global economic growth and job creation, a senior Obama administration official says.
22 August 2013 Cooperation on Water Use Is Essential, Conferees Agree International and regional cooperation on the use of water resources is essential for every human activity, delegates to an August 20–21 conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, said. The Central Asian city hosted a U.N. conference in conjunction with the International Year of Water Cooperation. A U.N. General Assembly resolution in 2010 designated 2013 as the year.
07 August 2013 U.S. Seeks Expanded Partnerships with Faith-Based Communities Faith-based communities will have a greater voice in the U.S. foreign policy process, thanks to the State Department's new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives.
02 August 2013 U.S. Works for Safe Water Access, Sanitation for Millions The U.S. government devoted almost $960 million to assistance for improved access to drinkable water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries in 2012, according to a report presented to lawmakers August 1.
23 July 2013 Five Nations Pursue New Level of Security Collaboration Top national security officials from five English-speaking nations
gathered in California to discuss how they might improve their
long-standing cooperation to counter “new and evolving threats,”
according to U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
• Homeland Security Secretary at Five-Country Meeting
23 July 2013 Secretary Kerry's Remarks Before the Meeting of International Humanitarian Agency Heads (via State.gov)
20 July 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility and the U.S. Department of State In line with the U.S. secretary of state’s economic statecraft agenda to harness global economic tools to advance U.S. foreign policy goals, individual bureaus and offices play a leading role on particular initiatives, while ensuring effective coordination and partnerships with one another, U.S. embassies, business, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.
12 July 2013 Countries Work Together to Combat Tax Evasion, Boost Compliance Working with more than 80 countries around the world, the United States has extended the time for completion of international tax agreements aimed at fighting offshore tax evasion and boosting global tax compliance.
12 July 2013 USAID Unveils Consolidated Democracy, Rights, Governance Strategy The U.S. Agency for International Development has unveiled a consolidated democracy, human rights and governance strategy designed to provide countries with a framework to establish inclusive and accountable democracies to advance freedom, dignity and development.
13 July 2013 President Obama on Economic Impact of Immigration Reform In his weekly address, President Obama says the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in late June with a large bipartisan majority would be a big boost to the U.S. economy, strengthen Social Security and modernize the legal immigration system to make it more consistent with U.S. values.
11 July 2013 Energy Secretary: Moving Toward Peaceful Nuclear Future "During his historic Prague speech in 2009, President Obama challenged the international community to create a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons. Nations took notice, and already we have seen great strides towards that goal."
02 July 2013 Energy Secretary Moniz at International Conference on Nuclear Security "With energy demand increasing rapidly in India, China, throughout parts of Africa, and elsewhere around the globe, the need for clean energy is rising like never before. Nuclear energy can and should be part of the solution. But if we are to take advantage of nuclear energy as part of a low-carbon economy, we must also address the challenges of nuclear security. In Berlin, President Obama echoed the vision he first laid out in his 2009 Prague speech: the need to secure vulnerable materials, decrease the number of nuclear weapons, and build a sustainable and secure nuclear energy industry."
27 June 2013 Obama on Senate Passage of Immigration Reform "Today, with a strong bipartisan vote, the United States Senate delivered for the American people, bringing us a critical step closer to fixing our broken immigration system once and for all. …The bipartisan bill that passed today was a compromise. By definition, nobody got everything they wanted. Not Democrats. Not Republicans. Not me. But the Senate bill is consistent with the key principles for commonsense reform that I – and many others – have repeatedly laid out.
21 June 2013 Treasury’s Cohen Says to Tackle Tax Evasion, Know Real Owners U.S. Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said that the Group of Eight leaders and President Obama at the 2013 G8 Summit committed to tackle tax evasion and money laundering by requiring companies to know, and to allow law enforcement and tax authorities to find out, the real people who ultimately own, control and profit from companies — the companies' true "beneficial owners."
22 June 2013 Obama on Need for Immigration Reform In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the bipartisan legislation being debated in the United States Senate that would take important steps towards fixing our broken immigration system, while growing our economy and reducing the deficit. The President urges Congress to pass immigration reform so that we can live up to our traditions as a nation of laws, and also a nation of immigrants.
15 June 2013 White House on Anniversary of Immigration Enforcement Change A year ago today, the Administration took up the cause of "Dreamers" and took action to make our immigration system more representative of our values as a nation. By removing the threat of deportation for people brought to the country as children, we were able to continue to focus our enforcement efforts on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are pursuing an education.
12 June 2013 U.S. Aid Experts Back Proposed Changes in Food Delivery Two former senior U.S. officials have urged Congress to reform the country’s system of delivering food aid to include local and regional procurements. The current U.S. food aid program requires that 50 percent of donated food aid be U.S.-produced and shipped on U.S.-flagged vessels to locations around the world.
10 June 2013 State's Sonenshine in Doha at U.S.-Islamic World Forum (via IIPDigital) Remarks by the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Tara Sonenshine, at the the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar.
10 June 2013 Greenhouses Creating Agricultural Revolution in Haiti The use of greenhouses is a common practice in many countries but unknown in Haiti until recently. Participating farmers, who previously were ready to abandon their increasingly challenging trade, are producing larger yields and are trading their produce more efficiently and for higher profits.
06 June 2013 Comprehensive Strategy Critical to Fighting Narcotics, Kerry Says A comprehensive strategy and strong partnerships are critical in fighting the scourge of narcotics, says Secretary of State John Kerry. Speaking to the press in Antigua, Guatemala, Kerry called for vigilance on interdiction, enforcement and eradication “because all of those things are part of a comprehensive policy, and it is only in a comprehensive policy that we can make the greatest difference for our citizens.”
06 June 2013 Secretary Kerry on World Oceans Day (via State.gov) "Whether we’re talking about trade, or climate, or security, or sustainable food sources, there can be no doubt that the oceans deserve our focus. As Secretary of State, I intend to make them a top priority. This fall, I will host an international oceans conference to further explore these issues and work toward shared solutions. We will maintain the spirit of World Oceans Day throughout the year."
06 June 2013 Future Leaders Exchange Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary The U.S. Department of State is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, the department announced. Since its creation by Congress in 1993, the program has sought to ensure long-lasting friendship and understanding by enabling young people from Eurasian countries to learn about the United States through yearlong high school exchanges.
05 June 2013 Senator Lautenberg's Legacy Advances Ocean Conservation The world’s oceans lost a champion when U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg died June 3 of viral pneumonia. Lautenberg, 89, was the last World War II veteran serving in the Senate. He is mourned in Washington by a long list of former Senate colleagues, including the president, the vice president and the secretaries of state and defense.
04 June 2013 Kerry to Discuss Drug Policy at OAS General Assembly A senior Obama administration official said there is “a very strong coincidence of views” between the U.S. approach to drug policy and a newly released report on drug policy that was commissioned by the Organization of American States before Secretary of State John Kerry’s participation in the OAS General Assembly in Antigua, Guatemala.
04 June 2013 Secretary Kerry on LGBT Pride Month "The Department of State joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Forty-four years after Stonewall, we see incredible progress in the fight to advance the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBT people, both here in the United States and globally. Protecting universal human rights is at the very heart of our diplomacy, and we remain committed to advancing human rights for all, including LGBT individuals.
01 June 2013 Hagel in Singapore on U.S. Security Policy in Asia-Pacific Region Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel at the IISS Asia Security Summit.
24 May 2013 Greater Efficiency "Absolutely Critical" to Energy Future Using energy more productively and efficiently moved to the top of the nation’s agenda when a new U.S. secretary of energy took the oath of office. Incoming Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz comes to the Obama administration from the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as a professor of physics and engineering and focused research on energy technology and policy.
16 May 2013 Growth in U.S. Energy Production Brings Global Policy Changes Use of new technologies is bringing unexpectedly large increases in available, affordable energy for the United States, a trend that will ripple through global markets, the energy supply chain and economies. A steadily increasing body of research has convinced policymakers and corporate interests that cleaner, renewable technologies must be brought into wide-scale use rapidly to lower emission output and arrest warming trends.
13 May 2013 Boston Police Join International Efforts to Combat Crime The Boston Police Department became the most recent of more than 60 U.S. law enforcement agencies to commit to capacity-building partnerships with foreign law enforcement entities when it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of State.
09 May 2013 State's Rose at Global Space and Satellite Forum "Let me conclude by saying that every day, billions of people go through their day without realizing just how reliant they are on space. Encouraging responsible behavior in space through pragmatic, near-term transparency, and confidence-building measures offers one way to protect the space environment for all nations and future generations."
07 May 2013 Secretary Kerry's remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow (state.gov)
06 May 2013 Digital Diplomacy: Adapting Our Diplomatic Engagement Secretary Kerry speaking in Berlin.
24 April 2013 National Security Advisor Donilon on Global Energy Policy Remarks by Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor to the President at the Launch of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.
23 April 2013 Aid Official Says U.S. Takes Inclusive Approach to Development The U.S. approach to development is to help countries achieve economic growth that creates jobs for youth so they feel they have a stake in their societies, says Donald Steinberg, deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. ... "Development must matter to people," Steinberg said.
22 April 2013 World Bank, IMF Set Ambitious Poverty-Reduction Goal The World Bank and International Monetary Fund want to reduce to 3 percent the share of the world’s population living in extreme poverty by 2030. The ambitious goal is an extension of the Millennium Development Goal of cutting in half the percentage of people who live in poverty between 1999 and 2015. That goal was set by world leaders at the United Nations in 2000.
22 April 2013 Treasury Secretary Affirms U.S. Support of World Bank The Obama administration will continue to work with the World Bank and other multilateral institutions to promote global prosperity and to help low-income countries build resilience to climate change, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement to the Development Committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
18 April 2013 Economics at Core of U.S. Foreign Policy, Kerry Says Secretary of State John Kerry says economics is at the core of U.S. foreign policy. Kerry was explaining to lawmakers the rationale for the Obama
administration’s request for $52 billion to fund its national security
and foreign policy priorities in the international affairs budget of the
2014 fiscal year.
• FY 2014 Budget Request for Foreign Operations, Remarks before the Senate
• FY 2014 Foreign Affairs Budget,Remarks before the House Appropriations Subcommittee (via State.gov)
12 April 2013 Energy Presents Western Hemisphere Security Opportunity Energy interdependence in the Western Hemisphere is expected to grow as Canada, Brazil and Colombia ramp up output and Mexico considers reforms that could help it increase production, say two U.S. diplomats who work on energy issues.
10 April 2013 Obama Seeks $47.8 Billion for Fiscal Year 2014 Foreign Operations President Obama has asked Congress to approve $47.8 billion to fund
the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
and other international programs for the fiscal year starting October 1.
• Key Facts on State, USAID Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request
• Senior State, USAID Officials on Obama’s FY 2014 Budget Proposal
05 April 2013 Youth Involvement Critical to Addressing World Problems “We believe that young people are critical to addressing many of the world’s most pressing problems, and we think our work is stronger when young people are involved,” says Zeenat Rahman, who serves as Secretary of State John Kerry’s special adviser on global youth issues. As director of the Office of Global Youth Issues, a position she assumed in June 2012, she says: “The core message that I have for young people is that you matter to the Department of State.”
04 April 2013 Secretary Kerry to Meet with Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas April 8–9 in
Jerusalem and Ramallah. “As you know, the secretary had a chance to have a meeting directly
after the visit with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and with President
Abbas,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told journalists. “It’s now been a couple of weeks.
They’ve had some time to reflect on the visit.”
• Secretary Kerry to Travel to London and Northeast Asia
03 April 2013 Secretary Kerry on More Work to Bring War Criminals to Justice Secretary of State John Kerry announces the expansion of the State Department’s War Crimes Rewards Program. Prior to becoming secretary of state, Kerry served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As chairman, the last piece of legislation Kerry authored and guided through to enactment dealt with war criminals.
02 April 201 Protecting Space for Future Generations is in the Vital Interests of the Global Community Remarks by Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy, at the Space Security Conference 2013.
27 March 2013 The Role of Public Diplomacy in Countering Violent Extremism Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine: "We have to enter that communications space – where so many young people are getting their information – and contest extremist and other negative rhetoric with facts and counter assertions."
21 March 2013 New Development Approach Stresses Partnerships, USAID's Shah Says Since 2010, the U.S. Agency for International Development has shifted its approach to development assistance, emphasizing public-private partnerships, channeling funds to local governments and organizations with knowledge and expertise to create sustainable change, and expanding its partner base to include philanthropies, academia, faith-based groups and diaspora, said Rajiv Shah, the agency’s administrator.
15 March 2013 Hagel: U.S. Bolstering Missile Defense The United States will add more ground-based ballistic missile interceptors to its arsenal to guard against increased threats from North Korea and Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. “The United States has missile defense systems in place to protect us from limited ICBM attacks, but North Korea in particular has recently made advances in its capabilities and is engaged in a series of irresponsible and reckless provocations,” Hagel said.
14 March 2013 Secretary Kerry on Announcement of New Pope
13 March 2013 U.S. Rebalances Strategic Focus Toward Asia-Pacific The Obama administration is shifting the focus of long-term U.S. foreign policy to the Asia-Pacific region with the aim of restoring U.S. economic strength, the foundation of U.S. global leadership. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said all elements of U.S. power will be involved in the rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific — military, political, trade and investment, and U.S. values.
11 March 2013 White House Press Briefing excerpts (North Korea, Afghanistan and Taliban)
07 March 2013 Secretary Kerry on International Women’s Day
28 February 2013 State's Jacobson at House Committee on Western Hemisphere
26 February 2013 Agriculture Secretary Talks Immigration, Trade, Research Because America’s farm sector relies on workers born outside of the United States, the country needs to reform its immigration system, says U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Immigration was one of several topics Vilsack covered that are of interest to people in the United States and in other countries who are involved in producing the world’s food, feed and fiber.
20 February 2013 Kerry Says U.S. Must Engage Globally Despite Fiscal Constraints Secretary of State John Kerry says that at a time of fiscal constraint the United States must not shrink from global engagement. He said failed states threaten not only the United States but also the
world at large. By spending slightly more than 1 percent of its national
budget on foreign assistance, far less than generally believed among
most Americans, the United States receives a big return on its
investment, he said.
• Kerry on U.S. Foreign Policy
20 February 2013 Obama Administration Prods Congress on Immigration Reform The Obama administration has laid out proposals to Congress to enable undocumented people in the United States to earn citizenship. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said: “For immigration reform to be successful, we must make clear from the outset to these individuals that they will have a pathway to earned citizenship”.
16 February 2013 G20 Finance Ministers' Communiqué At the close of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting held February 15–16 in Moscow, they issued this communiqué.
14 February 2013 Kerry, Ban Ki-moon Discuss North Korea, Syria, Iran Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks on the recent North Korean nuclear test, the “desperate humanitarian crisis” caused by the Syrian civil strife and the resumption of nuclear talks with Iran.
11 February 2013 State Department Contributes an Initial $171 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (State.gov) This year’s initial contribution funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR efforts worldwide. This funding includes support for refugees returning to countries such as Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo; local integration and resettlement; and protection and life-saving assistance. U.S. funding supports the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Georgia, Colombia, South Sudan, and Kenya.
07 February 2013 Kerry Says He Will Keep America's Promise of Democracy After taking the ceremonial oath of office in Washington, Kerry said as secretary of state, he will support democracy in “quiet corners of the globe” as well as in tumultuous places such as Tahrir Square in Cairo and South Sudan.
07 February 2013 CIA Nominee Brennan at Senate Confirmation Hearing
07 February 2013 Carter Sees DOD Strategy at Work on Europe, Middle East Trip Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter saw critical elements of the new defense strategy at work in European and Middle East nations and in a bilateral meeting with Indian defense officials during a six-day international trip. Carter met with defense leaders in Paris, at the 49th Munich Security Conference in Germany, and in Turkey and Jordan.
04 February 2013 Secretary Kerry’s Welcome Remarks to State Dept. Employees "I want to begin by thanking my predecessor, Secretary Clinton, and I want to thank her entire team. "
04 February 2013 Partners Essential in Strategic Transition, DOD's Carter Says Speaking as part of an expert panel at the 49th Annual Munich Security Conference, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter explored for an audience of international foreign and defense ministers and security policy officials the tenets of a defense strategy for the 21st century.
31 January 2013 Clinton Announces $86.5 Million in Public-Private Partnerships On her last day as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced four new or expanded public-private initiatives valued at up to $86.5 million. Since 2009, the U.S. Department of State has worked with more than 1,100 partners and mobilized more than $650 million in public and private resources to support key foreign policy objectives
30 January 2013 John Kerry: The Next Secretary of State On January 29, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Kerry as the next secretary of state, and a few hours later the full Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm him for the job. At his confirmation hearing, Kerry demonstrated broad knowledge of foreign policy issues gleaned from serving on the foreign relations committee since 1984.
29 January 2013 Clinton Focuses Global Dialogue on Democracy, Women's Rights Hillary Rodham Clinton says that in her four years as U.S. secretary of state, she and President Obama have tried to promote a world where more nations take greater responsibility for shaping their futures. She explained that foreign policy strategy January 29 as she held satellite meetings with young adults in six important regional cities around the world.
29 January 2013 President Obama on Kerry's Confirmation as Secretary of State "I am pleased that the Senate has confirmed John Kerry as our next Secretary of State with overwhelming bipartisan support. ... John has earned the respect of leaders around the world and the confidence of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, and I am confident he will make an extraordinary Secretary of State."
25 January 2013 Ambassador Rice on International Holocaust Commemoration
24 January 2013 Kerry Offers View of U.S. Role in More Interconnected World The United States needs to assert a new role in the world to meet the
challenge of a young generation seeking greater opportunities and their
right to participate as individuals in their governance, Massachusetts
Senator John Kerry told members of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee at his nomination hearing to be the next U.S. secretary of
• Senator Kerry at Senate Confirmation Hearing
14 January 2013 Ten Things You Should Know About the State Department What do the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) do for the American people? With just over one percent of the entire federal budget, we have a huge impact on how Americans live and how the rest of the world engages America.
11 January 2013 State Dept. on U.S. Investments in Haiti's Rebuilding Efforts In early 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made Haiti a foreign policy priority and committed to working to change the way we partnered with Haiti. For some time the U.S. pursued two tracks of engagement and has ensured that they complement one another: the first to address immediate humanitarian and emergency aid needs; and the second to continue to pursue a strategy to promote long-term sustainable development in Haiti.
09 January 2013 USAID, Haiti Develop Areas Beyond Port-au-Prince Three years after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, the U.S. Agency for International Development and Haiti’s government continue to develop areas outside the country’s crowded capital of Port-au-Prince.
02 January 2013 Data Show Peace Is Profitable, Organization Says The Institute for Economics and Peace’s annual Global Peace Index measures peace in 158 countries using 23 indicators, including political terror, internal conflicts, crime, incarceration rates, relations with neighbors, military expenditures and weapons exports. The index is able to show what the most peaceful countries and the most war-torn countries have in common.
29 December 2012 U.S. Mission to United Nations Fact Sheet on U.N. Budget Issues
21 December 2012 Obama Says John Kerry Is "Perfect Choice" for Secretary of State President Obama has announced he is nominating Massachusetts Senator
John Kerry to be the next secretary of state. If confirmed by the U.S.
Senate, Kerry will serve as America’s top diplomat during the Obama
administration’s second term.
• Obama on Nomination of John Kerry as Secretary of State
17 December 2012 Disease Report Adds New Urgency to Clean Cookstove Campaign A campaign to introduce cleaner-burning cooking methods to billions of homes has gained a new level of urgency. A worldwide assessment of disease, incapacity and death finds that the number of people sickened by household air pollution is double that projected by earlier estimates, from 2 million to approximately 4 million worldwide.
13 December 2012 Panetta Outlines U.S. Military's Transformation Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the U.S. military is transforming into a smaller but more flexible and technologically advanced force as it transitions from years of continuous operation in Iraq and Afghanistan and looks ahead to troop reductions and smaller budgets.
13 December 2012 Global Trends Report Predicts Vast Changes by 2030 The National Intelligence Council has released Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. The council, an advisory arm for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, releases a global trends report once every four years after the U.S. presidential election on factors such as globalization, demography and the environment. The purpose is to help policymakers in their strategic planning. The report draws from a multitude of sources, including government officials, businesses, universities and think tanks in nearly 20 countries, and is available to the public worldwide.
06 December 2012 State's Rose on Strengthening Security in Space Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank Rose, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, at the ASEAN Regional Forum Space Security Workshop.
04 December 2012 USAID Integrates Humanitarian, Development Aid for Resilience The U.S. Agency for International Development has changed its approach to helping communities that experience recurrent crises by integrating its humanitarian assistance with development aid, the agency announced.
30 November 2012 Clinton Urges "Principled American Leadership" for Changing World U.S. global leadership and the country's diplomatic and trade relations need to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world while continuing to respond to urgent and unexpected threats, Secretary of State Clinton told a forum on global transformational trends.
30 November 2012 Secretary Clinton Hails 50 Years of Art as "Tool of Diplomacy" or half a century, visitors to U.S. embassies and consulates around the world have enjoyed works by American artists that transcend boundaries of geography, culture and language, thanks to the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies program.
20 November 2012 Obama Urges Asia-Pacific to Look to Future with Shared Interests President Obama has urged countries in the Asia-Pacific region to move forward into the 21st century with a sense of shared interests and the courage to set aside differences.
19 November 2012 Economics Now at Core of U.S. Diplomacy The United States is updating its diplomacy and putting economics at its core, according to Secretary of State Clinton. Said Secretary Clinton: “This connection between economic power and global influence explains why the United States is placing economics at the heart of our own foreign policy. I call it economic statecraft.”
19 November 2012 White House Hosts International Entrepreneurs In advance of the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai December 11–13, the White House convened a who’s who of self-made businesspeople for a Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship.
18 November 2012 State Dept. Briefing on Gaza, Clinton Economic Statecraft Speech Background Briefing with a Senior State Department Official
17 November 2012 Secretary Clinton: Delivering on the Promise of Economic Statecraft Remarks by Secretary of State Clinton at Singapore Management University, Singapore.
16 November 2012 State Dept. Fact Sheet on Energy Diplomacy in the 21st Century
15 November 2012 White House Security Adviser on Policy Toward Asia, Obama Trip
07 November 2012 Governor Mitt Romney's Concession Speech
02 November 2012 New Research Seeks Solutions to Pollution from Open Cook Fires Cooking on open fires and its impact on air quality and human health are the target of a three-year study launched by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The results could point to the best means for a transition to cleaner cooking methods.
24 October 2012 Obama Proclamation on United Nations Day 2012
24 October 2012 Ambassador Rice on United Nations Day
23 October 2012 Clinton Urges More Trade with "Open-for-Business" Haiti “Haiti is truly open for business, and we want your help,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during a visit to an industrial park in northern Haiti.
23 October 2012 Justice Official at World Bribery and Corruption Forum in London Remarks by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer at IBC Legal's World Bribery & Corruption Compliance Forum.
22 October 2012 Updated Fast Facts from the Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator (state.gov):
Funding — Shelter and Housing — Cholera
Economic Security — Education — Energy
Food Security — Global Health — Rubble
Shelter and Housing
18 October 2012 Secretary Clinton : Energy Diplomacy in the 21st Century
17 October 2012 Ambassador Rice at U.N. Debate on Peace and Justice
09 October 2012 Panetta Calls for More Security Cooperation in Western Hemisphere Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has called for a “new era” of security cooperation among the nations of the Western Hemisphere to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. With regard to peacekeeping, Panetta said countries in the Western Hemisphere have taken on an impressive leadership role by engaging, addressing and improving United Nations peacekeeping.
01 October 2012 Clinton on U.N. Resolution on Freedoms of Association, Assembly
26 September 2012 U.S. Official Cites Need to Promote Democracy Worldwide Speaking in New York at the fifth meeting of the Community of Democracies (CD) Governing Council on September 25, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, Roberta S. Jacobson, hailed the rise of pro-democracy movements while also acknowledging the difficulties that often accompany transitions to democratic rule.
• State’s Jacobson at Community of Democracies Governing Council
26 September 2012 State Dept. on Anniversary of Open Government Partnership The State Department releases a fact sheet covering progress on the first anniversary of the Open Government Partnership.
25 September 2012 State Dept. on Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves' Year-Two Progress Report In honor of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ second anniversary, the U.S. is pleased to announce that total investment in support of the Alliance and clean cookstoves has reached up to $114 million. This investment represents a nearly $10 million increase over the past year.
25 September 2012 Clinton at U.N. Roundtable on Water Security "You know better than any that water management and resource issues are
both a moral imperative and a strategic investment, and I want to thank
everyone who has participated in this, because whether you’re talking
about economic development or improving global health, whether you focus
on promoting food security or building peace or coping with climate
change or providing sustainable energy, access to clean water is
• Secretary Clinton Calls for Cooperation on Shared Waters
25 September 2012 President Obama's Address at 67th U.N. General Assembly, New York
21 September 2012 U.S. Seeks Greater Engagement at 67th U.N. General Assembly For U.S. officials, the opening of the 67th United Nations General Assembly this week presents an important opportunity for President Obama to meet with other heads of state and address the international community as a whole, and it provides a prime forum for diplomatic discussions on the world’s most pressing issues.
20 September 2012 Secretary Clinton Hosts Global Leaders for Infrastructure Talks Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted the Global
Infrastructure Conference in Washington, a one-day high-level gathering
bringing together international government and business leaders to
develop sustainable solutions for meeting the world’s fast-growing
• Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Global Infrastructure Conference
18 September 2012 State's Brimmer on U.N., U.S. Multilateral Priorities
16 July 2012 Clinton in Jerusalem on Her Trip to Israel Remarks at press availability; comments on Egypt, Iran, U.S.- Israeli relations, Syria and Russia.
11 July 2012 U.S. Helps Protect Western Hemisphere from Drug Smugglers In two separate actions, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard personnel recently stopped suspected drug-smuggling vessels in Caribbean waters and in the Pacific Ocean, seizing drug shipments worth a combined $19 million, according to the U.S. Southern Command.
11 July 2012 Secretary Clinton on World Population Day "This year as we mark World Population Day, leaders from around the globe are meeting in London for the Family Planning Summit hosted by the Government of the United Kingdom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They are working to find new ways to support the rights of women and young people to decide whether, when, and how many children to have."
03 July 2012 Missile Defense Crucial in U.S. International Security Missile defense is a crucial element in the U.S. international security strategy, supporting deterrence and diplomacy, a senior U.S. diplomat said July 3 at an international conference in Paris.
• State's Rose on Missile Defense and European Security
Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
15-22 June 2012
The Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio+ 20 was an international conference where world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector and NGO community will come together to discuss important youth, technology, and sustainable development initiatives.
The goal was to shape how we can work together to reduce poverty, advance social issues, and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
21 June 2012 Rio Talks Achieve Step Forward, U.S. Negotiator Says
20 June 2012 U.S. Envoy for Climate Change Stern at Rio+20
21 June 2012 Rio Talks Achieve Step Forward, U.S. Negotiator Says The U.S. negotiator involved in drafting a legacy document for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development expressed measured satisfaction with the end product that will go to top national representatives for a vote by conference end June 22.
20 June 2012 Rio+20: NASA Satellite Data Support Sustainable Development Forest fires in Guatemala, snow pack in the Himalayas, changes in ground cover in Africa — their potential impact on populations, water supplies and farmlands is better understood when seen from a satellite. U.S. agencies are collecting this data and giving it to decisionmakers in other countries so they’ll be better informed about how to protect their lands and their people.
18 June 2012 U.S. Admiral Strongly Urges Approval of Law of the Sea Convention Accession to the long-standing United Nations Law of the Sea Convention will have a positive impact on U.S. operations across the maritime domain, said the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
15 June 2012 G20 Summit Opens June 18 with Focus on European Debt Crisis The European financial crisis will be a key topic when the leaders of 20 large economies gather in Mexico said U.S. treasury secretary Geithner.
15 June 2012 Obama Announces "More Fair and More Just" Immigration System The United States will immediately stop deporting certain young
immigrants who were brought to the country as children, President Obama
announced, a change that he said will make the U.S. immigration system
“more efficient, more fair and more just.”
• Remarks by the President on Immigration
11 June 2012 Clinton at Women in Public Service Institute Remarks by Secretary Clinton at the Opening of the Inaugural Women inPublic Service Institute, Wellesley College, Massachusetts.
04 June 2012 Homeland Security Head Touts Partnerships to Fight Travel Threats Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, in May 31 remarks to the Migration Policy Institute’s Transatlantic Council on Migration, underscored the Department of Homeland Security's commitment to combating transnational threats while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.
31 May 2012 Republicans, Democrats Unite to Oppose Internet Rules A proposal to increase Internet regulation by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) or some other arm of the U.N. system is bringing unanimity among the various power centers in the U.S. government. Republicans, Democrats, the Obama administration, the industry and the community of nonprofit groups devoted to the Internet all oppose change in the current governance structure that is fundamentally based in the private sector.
26 May 2012 U.S. Official at U.N. on Role of Mediation in Conflict Resolution Remarks by Ambassador James Pardew on Mediation and the Role of Member States, U.N. General Assembly.
23 May 2012 Obama Administration Urges Senate to Approve Oceans Treaty The top-ranking foreign policy officials in the U.S. government went
to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee attempting to end
a debate that began in the 1980s — whether the United States should
join 160 other nations to become a party to the U.N. Convention on the
Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
• Clinton at Senate Hearing on Law of the Sea Convention
21 May 2012 International and Homeland Security "Inextricably Linked" “International security and homeland security are inextricably linked,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. “We will continue to work with our international partners to strengthen and secure the global transportation systems upon which our nations' economies and communities rely.” Napolitano traveled to Munich, Germany, to join U.S. Attorney General Holder and her international counterparts at the G6+1 Conference of Home Affairs Ministers to discuss efforts to combat terrorism and international piracy, and ensure a more safe, secure and resilient global supply chain.
15 May 2012 State's Barton Says More Nimble Response Needed in Crises The head of the State Department’s new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, Rick Barton, says efforts to get people to stop fighting and build peace will be done differently in the future. Barton said the new bureau will work to break down traditional institutional barriers between groups and coordinate their activities so that they no longer act in isolation.
06 May 2012 Secretary Clinton at Town Hall with Bangladeshi Youth Secretary of State Clinton with Ms. Saha and Mr. Ahmed at a Townterview with Bangladeshi Youth, International School Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
01 May 2012 Obama Drug Strategy Emphasizes Health, Prevention Issues The Obama administration is presenting a new “21st-century approach to drug policy,” based on the view that the 30-year-old “war on drugs” fails to recognize the complexity of the problem. With a review of these facts, said Office of National Drug Control Director Policy Gil Kerlikowske, the Obama administration saw a need for a different approach to drug policy.
26 April 2012 Secretary Clinton on U.S. Diplomacy Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on diplomacy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars gala and receives the Public Service Award in Washington.
25 April 2012 Ambassador Rice at U.N. Debate on Global Security Threats UN Security Council Open Debate on Threats to International Security: Securing Borders Against Illicit Flows.
23 April 2012 Clinton in Conversation on "America and the World" Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and engaged in a policy conversation.
17 April 2012 U.S. Illegal Drug Use Down Substantially from 1970s The Obama administration is working to reduce the demand for illegal
drugs inside the United States through public health and safety
approaches, as well as cooperating with other countries to reduce drug
• White House Fact Sheet on U.S. Drug Policy
• Executive Summary of 2012 U.S. Drug Control Strategy Report
16 April 2012 Energy Dept. Makes More Funds Available for Clean Cookstoves The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making up to $2.5 million available this year for applied research on clean cookstoves for use in developing countries. The Energy Department, along with other U.S. federal agencies, is a founding partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership to advance cookstove technologies that improve indoor air quality, reduce carbon emissions and deliver important benefits for people’s health and the economies of developing nations around the world.
12 April 2012 Clinton: Group of Eight Nations Discuss Syria, Iran, North Korea Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says foreign ministers representing the Group of Eight (G8) advanced economies have discussed a “range of issues that are of pressing concern” for the international community during talks in Washington.
11 April 2012 Secretary Clinton at G8 Plenary Session, Washington D.C.
10 April 2012 Ambassador Morningstar on U.S. Eurasian Energy Policy Remarks at The Economist's Investment Energy Summit; U.S. overall policy with respect to Eurasia; the Southern Corridor and the Eastern Mediterranean.
04 April 2012 Secretary Clinton on Support for Burma's Democratic Reforms Sec. Clinton:" As we have done over the last several months, the United States will stand with the reformers and the democrats, both inside the government and in the larger civil society, as they work together for that more hopeful future that is the right of every single person."
03 April 2012 USDA's Aid Programs Will Feed Nearly 10 Million International food assistance in fiscal year 2012 will benefit more than 9.7 million people worldwide under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs. Under the programs, USDA purchases U.S. commodities such as soybeans and rice and donates them to government agencies and private voluntary organizations in targeted countries.
03 April 2012 Remarks by Sec Clinton on George Marshall and Smart Power at the Virginia Military Institute
23 March 2012 State Department on Lord's Resistance Army The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been active since 1986, making it one of Africa’s oldest, most violent, and persistent armed groups. The LRA was formed in northern Uganda to fight against the Government of Uganda, and operated there from 1986 to 2006.
19 March 2012 USAID, Islamic Conference to Cooperate on Humanitarian Aid The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) agreed on to strengthen cooperation on humanitarian issues and disaster response. In a ceremony at the White House, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu signed a memorandum of understanding to mark the partnership milestone. USAID said it shares a deep commitment to humanitarian principles with OIC and, working together, the two will provide better, smarter relief to millions of people in need.
08 March 2012 USAID's Shah on Elevating Development in U.S. Foreign Policy Remarks by Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.
06 March 2012 Obama Seeks $7.9 Billion for Global Health in 2013 The Obama administration is asking Congress for $7.9 billion to fund global health programs in fiscal year 2013. It also is requesting $1 billion to help farmers in 20 countries targeted by the Feed the Future initiative to grow more food.
06 March 2012 Holder: U.S. National Security Is Based on Values and Laws While the nation faces many security threats from extremists outside its borders and within them, the United States will respond to threats based on the rule of law enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and its values, Attorney General Eric Holder says. Holder said calls from some in Washington to use military tribunals instead of the federal courts ignore the reality of the convictions that have been obtained and the ability to punish those who attempt to do the United States harm.
06 March 2012 U.S. Makes First Contribution to Emergency Migration Fund The United States has contributed $2.5 million to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) new Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM). The new emergency fund was established to bridge the gap between when an emergency occurs and when donor funding is received. The aim is to enable earlier assessment of situations and cut the time needed to provide the initial assistance.
01 March 2012 Space Sustainability Through International Cooperation Remarks by Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
01 March 2012 Countries Moving to Cleaner Cookstoves The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves aims to help 100 million homes adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020 to cut premature deaths linked to the respiratory problems resulting from smoke and soot inhalation.
29 February 2012 Clinton, Congress Begin Debate on Foreign Affairs Budget Secretary of State Clinton is making all the stops in the U.S. Capitol February 28–29 to win congressional support for a foreign affairs budget of more than $50 billion for the fiscal year that begins October 1.
29 February 2012 Clinton’s Remarks at House Hearing on State Department Budget The State Department and USAID budget we discuss today is a proven investment in our national and economic security, but it is something more. It is a down payment on American leadership.
28 February 2012 Clinton's Remarks to Senate Appropriations Committee Secretary Clinton said "American leadership is not just respected, it is required, and it takes more than just resolve and a lot of hours in the plane. It takes resources."
28 February 2012 Clinton’s Remarks Before Senate Foreign Relations Committee Secretary Clinton addressed national security & foreign policy priorities.
27 February 2012 The Global Peace Operations Initiative Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State Andrew J. Shapiro
15 February 2012 Treasury on World Bank President’s Decision Not to Seek 2nd Term Bob Zoellick has been a remarkably effective leader of the World Bank at a critically important time in the world economy. Under his leadership, the Bank has made vital contributions to the global response to the financial crisis, improving food security, and strengthening post conflict and transition countries. Under Bob’s leadership, the Bank has become a more effective, accountable, and transparent institution.
14 February 2012 Panetta Presents $614 Billion Defense Budget Request to Congress Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presented U.S. lawmakers with the Pentagon’s $614 billion budget request for the year starting October 1, a significant drop from last year’s request, representing cuts across the department intended to help reduce the U.S. deficit.
14 February 2012 Obama Seeks $51.6 Billion for Fiscal Year 2013 Foreign Operations President Obama has proposed $51.6 billion in spending for foreign
operations in fiscal year 2013, which begins October 1, 2012. The proposed amount submitted to Congress February 13 is up 1.6
percent from the amount Congress approved for fiscal year 2012 and would
fund the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International
Development and other international programs. The proposal must be
approved or modified by the Senate and House of Representatives before
going to the president for signature or veto.
• State Dept Resource Management - International Affairs Budget
13 February 2012 Fact Sheet: Overview of Obama’s FY2013 Budget for State and USAID Making up just 1 percent of the U.S. Government’s overall budget, the
Department of State/USAID budget totals $51.6 billion. The request
provides the most cost-efficient way to ensure diplomats and development
experts have the resources necessary to address complex threats to our
national security and promote our economic renewal.
• Obama Budget to Cut Deficit, Support Economic Recovery
04 February 2012 Remarks by Clinton, Panetta at Euro-Atlantic Security Session Secretary of State Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Euro-Atlantic Security Community Initiative and Keynote Session Q&.
31 January 2012 U.S. Intelligence Gives Congress a Roundup of World Threats The U.S. intelligence community scored some significant victories in 2011, notably the capture of Osama Bin Laden and other highly placed al-Qaida operatives, but a threat assessment delivered to a U.S. Senate committee January 31 indicated that the job will not be getting easier in 2012.
29 January 2012 State’s Rose on Space Security — A U.S. Perspective "Based on the U.S. National Space Policy and other Presidential guidance, as well as our obligations under international law, we in the United States associate “space security” with the pursuit of those activities that ensure the sustainability, stability, safety, and free access to, and use of, outer space in support of the vital interests of all nations"
29 January 2012 U.S. Admiral’s Briefing on Asia-Pacific Military Issues Admiral Willard, U.S. Pacific Command commander, delivers an Asia-Pacific military overview briefing.
27 January 2012 State Department Daily Press Briefing, January 27 State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland briefs the press on a range of global topics in Washington.
20 January 2012 Obama Administration Details U.S. Agenda for U.N. Reforms President Obama has announced a comprehensive agenda for building a modern, more efficient and more capable United Nations through steps that include increased fiscal responsibility, accountability and effectiveness.
18 January 2011 Remarks at the 13th Annual Award for Corporate Excellence Secretary of State Clinton, Benjamin Franklin Room , Washington, D.C.
11 January 2011 “New Traction” in Place for Haiti’s Quake Recovery As Haitians and the international community mark the second anniversary of the earthquake and reflect on the cholera epidemic and hurricane that brought even more tragedy to their people, very recent and tangible developments are pointing toward a better future.
09 January 2012 Defense Department on 21st-Century Defense Priorities This strategic guidance document describes the projected security environment and the key military missions for which the Department of Defense (DoD) will prepare.
05 January 2012 Obama Announces New Defense Strategy President Obama announced a new defense strategy that emphasizes U.S. strategic interests for a fast-changing world after a decade of war. The new strategy reflects both a shift in global strategic thinking and the realities of a more austere national budget climate that is mandated by the U.S. Congress.
04 January 2012 State’s Campbell Visits China, South Korea, Japan Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is visiting China, South Korea and Japan for five days of talks with leaders on a broad range of issues, including the recent political changes in North Korea and Burma.
03 January 2012 Statement on Contribution to U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees The United States is pleased to announce an initial 2012 contribution of $55 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). As UNRWA’s largest bilateral donor, the United States recognizes the critical role the Agency plays in assisting Palestinian refugees and maintaining regional stability and calls upon other donors to enhance their support for UNRWA.
28 December 2011 Updated Information on U.S. Government assistance in Haiti :
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Rubble
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Economic Security
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Funding
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Governance, Rule of Law
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Food Security
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Health
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Shelter
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Cholera
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Caracol Industrial Park
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Education
- Facts on U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Energy
15 December 2011 State Department Fact Sheet on Women in Public Service Project
13 December 2011 Internet Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy Webchat transcript with Daniel Baer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Rights, and Labor.
05 December 2011 Biden: Entrepreneurship Requires Free Speech, Free Thinking Innovation and new industries require governments to guarantee the right of their people to “think different,” Biden says.
29 November 2011 State Dept. Fact Sheet: Aid Forum’s Special Session on Gender
29 November 2011 Vienna Convention Obliges Iran to Protect Diplomats Iran is obligated under the Vienna Convention to protect the security and safety of foreign diplomats, U.S. officials said in response to the storming of two British diplomatic sites in Tehran. Press reports from earlier in the day described Iranian protesters throwing petrol bombs, smashing windows, looting and burning an embassy vehicle after breaking into two British embassy compounds in Tehran.
23 November 2011 Ambassador DeLaurentis at U.N. Debate on New Threats to Security Remarks by Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs to the U.N., Before the UN Security Council Open Debate on New Threats to Security.
22 November 2011 State Dept. on Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Today, the U.S. Department of State established a new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) to focus on conflict prevention, crisis response, and stabilization activities. The bureau will subsume the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS).
14 November 2011 Obama: Asia-Pacific Will Shape U.S. Economic Future President Obama concluded the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Hawaii, saying that it was a chance to lead the Pacific Rim economies toward a seamless regional economy with more trade, more exports and more jobs.
13 November 2011 Obama Says Asia-Pacific Region Is Engine for Growth President Obama told business executives from across the Asia-Pacific region that the United States sees the region “as an extraordinary engine for growth.” Obama said that the economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum represent nearly half of the world’s trade and half of the world’s output of goods and services. He met with business leaders at the APEC CEO Business Summit before the main meeting of the leaders from the 21 APEC economies on November 13.
09 November 2011 Obama to Emphasize U.S. Role Across the Pacific Rim President Obama hosts the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Hawaii with the aim of generating opportunities for prosperity and job creation by expanding regional trade and investment, cultivating small and medium-sized businesses and fostering innovation. Obama chose to host the 21-member forum in his birthplace of Honolulu to highlight America’s position as a Pacific nation, senior White House advisers say.
01 November 2011 Vice President Biden’s Speech to London Conference on Cyberspace
28 October 2011 U.S. Officials Support Businesswomen Worldwide Ambassador Melanne Verveer takes her mission for global women’s rights to Paris, where an international team will discuss how empowering female business owners can improve economies around the world. At the same Paris event, the U.S. Agency for International Development is set to announce a $10 million grant to launch and evaluate pilot programs to foster female-run businesses.
27 October 2011 The Democratic Wave in the Arab World: Transatlantic Perspectives Remarks by Assistant Secretary Philip Gordon, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, at the the EU Washington Forum, Washington, DC.
24 October 2011 Proclamation by President Obama on United Nations Day
28 September 2011 Saving Lives, Securing Interests: Reflections on Humanitarian Response and U.S. Foreign Policy Remarks by
Assistant Secretary of State, Eric P. Schwartz.
27 September 2011 The Essential Role of U.S. Security Assistance In Addressing Today's Challenges and Building New Partnerships Remarks by Andrew J. Shapiro Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
27 September 2011 Is There a Future for the U.S.-India Partnership? Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns.
21 September 2011 Obama Urges Leaders to Seek Lasting Peace in Imperfect World Saying that pursuing peace in an imperfect world is their greatest responsibility, President Obama called on world leaders at the United Nations to recommit to seeking a lasting peace — for nations and for individuals — that is built on a sense of justice and opportunity, of dignity and freedom.
20 September 2011 Obama Helps Launch Open Government Partnership President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took
part in the formal launch of the Open Government Partnership in New
York, which brings together heads of state and senior officials from 46
nations committed to increasing openness and accountability in their own
governments and around the world.
• White House Fact Sheet : Open Government Partnership
16 September 2011 USAID Works for Global Health and Social Good at U.N. Assembly The U.N. General Assembly convenes a special session on noncommunicable diseases September 19–20, and the U.S. Agency for International Development will be there as a global leader in efforts to improve health, health services and health systems in developing countries. While international efforts in the health arena in the past have focused largely on infectious diseases, this special session is called in recognition of the fact that noncommunicable diseases, often caused by poor lifestyle choices, are the leading cause of death worldwide.
15 September 2011 State’s Brimmer: U.S. Goals for U.N. General Assembly Remarks by Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Affairs Esther Brimmer On The United Nations General Assembly, Washington, D.C.
11 September 2011 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at Voices of September 11th Luncheon
26 August 2011 Ten Things About State, USAID Thomas R. Nides serves as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.
25 July 2011 U.S. Launches New Strategy to Combat Transnational Crime The Obama administration’s new Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime aims to diminish the “size, scope and influence of transnational organized crime and its impact on U.S. and international security and governance,” says John Brennan, the president’s assistant for counterterrorism and homeland security.
14 July 2011 International Cyber Diplomacy: Promoting Openness, Security and Prosperity in a Networked World (factsheet)
15 July 2011 A New Idea for U.S. Aid: Political Reform for Foreign Assistance U.S. government executives, crafting a new model for the nation’s development policy, see genuine progress hardly a year into the project. “We have to reprioritize economic growth and good governance as the core aspirational goals of our development, trade and engagement policies,” said Dr. Raj Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Advancing human rights and freedoms and sustaining economic growth are other top goals of the new foreign assistance approach.
15 July 2011 Promises We Keep Online: Internet Freedom in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE Region Statement before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) by Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Baer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
07 July 2011 USAID, Scientists Join in Search for Global Development Answers The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are undertaking a new venture to build partnerships with developing world institutions at the same time they pursue their respective missions to provide foreign assistance and to support science and research in the United States.
30 June 2011 U.S. Welcomes Overall Democratic Progress in Western Hemisphere Much of the Western Hemisphere has experienced positive political change and achieved greater freedoms over the past 10 years that have led to greater opportunities in the region, but a senior State Department official says the United States still needs to continue its support for democratization and civil society groups in Latin America and the Caribbean.
13 June 2011 U.S., Other Donors Make Big Investments in a Healthy Future Donor nations and organizations committed $4.3 billion to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), which will enable the consortium to reach more than 250 million of the world’s poorest children with serums to protect them from life-threatening diseases. GAVI estimates that these funds and the efforts of the alliance partners will prevent more than 4 million premature deaths from disease by 2015.
13 June 2011 U.S. Pledges Multi-Year Contribution to Reduce Immunization Cost; Save More Children's Lives Speaking in London today, Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, released this statement to announce an increased U.S. commitment to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).
• VIDEO : U.S. commitment to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
07 June 2011 Obama Supports Second Term for U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon President Obama supports U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s bid for a second term as head of the world’s largest international organization, said the White House. At a June 6 press conference, Ban formally announced he was seeking a second five-year term.
06 June 2011 U.S. Maintains Enduring, Consistent Commitment to Asia Even in times of change and competing global demands, the United States will maintain its enduring and consistent commitment to Asia and its security, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says. “Under President Obama that engagement has not only been sustained, it has been broadened and enhanced in a variety of ways,” Gates said at the 10th annual Shangri-La Dialogue June 4 in Singapore
24 May 2011 During European Trip, Arab Spring is on the Agenda The setting for President Obama’s trip this week is Europe, but a major topic on the agenda will be North Africa and the Middle East. The goal is a more democratic, more prosperous region. The president set the stage by delivering a major policy speech on the Middle East on May 19 in which he applauded movements for political and economic self-determination and pledged financial support for new governments in Tunisia and Egypt.
19 May 2011 Remarks by the President on the Middle East and North Africa Speaking at the U.S. State Department in Washington DC, President Obama lays out his vision for a new chapter in American
diplomacy as calls for reform and democracy spread across the Middle
East and North Africa.
• FACT SHEET: "A Moment of Opportunity" in the Middle East and North Africa
17 May 2011 Secretary Clinton to Travel to London and Paris Secretary of State Clinton will accompany President Obama to London on May 24 for the first part of his state visit to the United Kingdom. This trip is a sign of the strength of the special relationship between our two countries, and of the United States’ enduring commitment to our allies and partners in Europe. Secretary Clinton will also meet with Foreign Secretary Hague while in London.
16 May 2011 U.S. Seeks Global Consensus for Open, Secure Cyberspace The Obama administration has unveiled an international strategy for
cyberspace, outlining how it intends to promote an open and secure
Internet that is available and interoperable around the world.
• Secretary Clinton on U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace
• International Strategy for Cyberspace (30-page/2.3Mb PDF)
13 May 2011 Central Asia Should Heed Lessons of Mideast Unrest, Blake Says Despite economic and societal differences with countries in the Middle East, Central Asian governments should “heed the lessons of the Arab Spring” by embracing political reforms and offering more freedoms to their citizens in the interest of their countries’ long-term stability, says Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake.
13 May 2011 U.S. Signs Arctic Search-and-Rescue Agreement Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined representatives of the seven other Arctic Council member states to sign a search-and-rescue agreement, the council’s first legally binding deal. The Agreement on Cooperation on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue in the Arctic “coordinates life-saving international maritime and aeronautical coverage and response among the Arctic states across an area of about 13 million square miles."
11 May 2011 Obama: Immigration Reform Will Strengthen U.S. Security, Economy President Obama says the ultimate solution for fixing an immigration system that penalizes immigrants and citizens alike is comprehensive reform that strengthens the nation’s security, economy and global competitiveness.
02 May 2011 Obama Calls Death of bin Laden an Act of Justice President Obama says the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden allows the world to tell the families of bin Laden’s victims: “Justice has been done.” U.S. forces killed bin Laden in a firefight, part of a raid on his compound in Pakistan early on May 2, Pakistani time. In announcing the death, Obama called bin Laden “a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.”
01 May 2011 Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden
20 April 2011 "Conversations on Diplomacy" Moderated by Charlie Rose Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger.
20 April 2011 Obama, U.S. Leaders Meet to Tackle Immigration Reform President Obama met with a broad group of elected officials and leaders in law enforcement, business and religious groups at a White House conference on immigration reform. The president convened experts from across the domestic political spectrum to hear their ideas on how best to tackle immigration reform to meet anticipated economic and security needs.
20 April 2011 Remarks by the President at a Facebook Town Hall Facebook Headquarters, Palo Alto, California.
15 April 2011 International Momentum Builds to Improve Disaster Preparedness Images of Japan’s earthquake destruction remained fresh in the global memory five weeks after an earthquake and tsunami, as Asian leaders and global donors came together advance disaster preparedness and risk reduction at local, national and international levels.
06 April 2011 At Hearing, U.S. Cites Positive Outlook in Ties to South Asia U.S. officials are offering an encouraging picture of South Asia as a region of democratic governments, strong growth and generally improving ties to the United States.
04 April 2011 Strengthening Stability in Space Remarks by Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Space Security Conference 2011: Building on the Past, Stepping Towards the Future
30 March 2011 The U.S. Role in Our Changing World: Navigating the Globe's Transnational Challenges Remarks by Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, at the World Affairs Council/University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington.
29 March 2011 The Prague Agenda: The Road Ahead Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor to the President, at Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, Washington DC.
22 March 2011 U.S. Says Haiti’s Election Improves on November 2010 Vote The Obama administration says initial assessments of Haiti’s second round of presidential and parliamentary elections suggest that the March 20 vote was largely peaceful and free from some of the irregularities that occurred during the first round.
21 March 2011 Threat of Major Nuclear Accident in Japan Subsides International experts provide hope that Japan is inching away from the brink of a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, severely damaged by the earthquake and resulting tsunami that pounded the nation’s northeast coast March 11.
17 March 2011 U.S. Radiation-Detection Experts and Supplies Sent to Help Japan The Obama administration has sent equipment and expertise to help Japanese authorities as they work to contain the emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.
17 March 2011 An Explanation of Vote on UN Security Council Resolution 1973 Remarks by Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in an Explanation of Vote on UN Security Council Resolution 1973 of March 17, 2011.
16 March 2011 Japan Quake Magnitude Boosted to 9 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has followed Japanese scientists
in upgrading the wallop of the massive earthquake that struck northeast
Japan on March 11. The temblor, which the Japanese have dubbed the Tohoku quake, ranked
a magnitude 9, not the 8.9 originally reported.
• USAID Fact Sheet on Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (14 March 2011)
15 March 2011 "Green" Growth, Stronger Integration Top APEC Agenda Preliminary meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum concluded March 12, setting an ambitious agenda for enhanced partnership in 2011.
14 March 2011 For Globetrotting Presidents, Air Force One Provides Perfect Ride It is unquestionably the most exclusive ride in the world: the gleaming, blue-and-white jumbo jet that answers to the call signal Air Force One. It’s an American icon, as recognizable as the Statue of Liberty or the Grand Canyon — the airplane that will take President Obama on his second journey to Latin America March 19.
14 March 2011 U.S. Nuclear Experts Help Japanese in Reactor Accidents Nuclear experts are on the relief team that the U.S. Agency for
International Development sent to Japan after the March 11 earthquake,
which triggered accidents at two nuclear power plants in the disaster
area. he nuclear reactors are designed to shut down automatically in an
earthquake. But things went wrong in the powerful shake-up that rattled
northeastern Japan. At the Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini
facilities, the cooling systems meant to dissipate the intense heat of
the reactor core failed. Explosions occurred at the Daiichi facility,
though their cause is not clear.
• USAID Fact Sheet on Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
14 March 2011 First US-Russia Joint Open Skies Observation Flight Today, the United States and the Russian Federation will begin the first ever joint U.S.-Russian Observation flight under the Treaty on Open Skies. On March 14-18, this historic joint mission will be conducted over the territory of Sweden on a Russian aircraft with a team of Russian, American and Swedish personnel.
13 March 2011 USAID Fact Sheet on Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
16 February 2011 Rising Food Prices Pushing Millions into Poverty, World Bank Says Global food prices have risen 29 percent from a year ago, driven by a combination of weather shocks and food export bans, and these higher prices are forcing millions more people into extreme poverty, World Bank President Robert Zoellick says. A combination of weather shocks in various wheat-producing nations followed by export bans in some nations has curbed supplies of wheat and caused prices for the grain to more than double from the lows of June 2010 to January of this year, Zoellick said.
16 February 2011 U.S. Health Initiative to Focus on Poor, Rural Areas Worldwide President Obama’s Global Health Initiative will turn its focus to community-based approaches and health care solutions for the poorest, most rural areas around the world, says Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
16 February 2011 U.S. Western Hemisphere Policy “Informed,” “Optimistic” President Obama's Western Hemisphere policy is “informed, engaged, dynamic, collaborative and optimistic,” says Arturo Valenzuela, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. Valenzuela testified on U.S. policy toward Latin America to the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee February 15.
15 February 2011 Factsheet on Internet Freedom
14 February 2011 U.S. to Contribute $125 Million in Refugee Aid The United States will contribute $125 million toward the 2011 budget of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, according to the Department of State. The department announced the contribution in a press release February 11 and said the funding will go toward supporting UNHCR efforts worldwide.
08 February 2011 New Strategy Calls for Redefined Leadership The first revision in seven years of the National Military Strategy calls for redefining leadership in a changing world. The document released today is the first revision since 2004 of the ways and means that the military will advance U.S. national interests. It builds on the 2010 National Security Strategy and the objectives in the latest Quadrennial Defense Review. “Our military power is most effective when employed in support and in concert with other elements of power as part of whole-of-nation approaches to foreign policy,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in the strategy. “This strategy is designed to meet the expectations of the American people that their military reflect the best of this great nation at home and abroad.”
• 2011 National Military Strategy (PDF)
09 December 2010 The Deplorable Wikileaks Disclosures This op-ed by Ambassador Susman appeared in The Guardian newspaper on Friday, 10 December.
07 December 2010 WikiLeaks and Other Global Events Briefing with Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Public Affairs Philip Crowley at the New York Foreign Press Center.
01 December 2010 U.S. Government Mitigation Efforts in Light of the Recent Unlawful Disclosure of Classified Information White House Fact Sheet
28 November 2010 Statement by the White House Press Secretary on Wikileaks
09 November 2010 Indonesia: Follow-Up To The President’s Cairo Speech In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, the vision the President articulated in his June 2009 speech in Cairo is flourishing. There continues to be significant progress in the areas of science and technology, entrepreneurship, education and exchanges, regional democracy promotion, and interfaith dialogue. The burgeoning U.S. Comprehensive Partnership with Indonesia embodies how the United States is implementing the President’s vision for a New Beginning.
23 September 2010 Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly (Whitehouse.gov) The President spoke of the challenges facing America, the world, and particularly Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
16 September 2010 The U.S. at the UN and Beyond: A World of Transnational Challenges Assistant Secretary Brimmer previews some key U.S. priorities at the upcoming UN General Assembly.
09 September 2010 Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr (Whitehouse.gov)
29 July 2010 Women in Public Policy Remarks by Erin Harbaugh, Public Diplomacy Advisor, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.
27 May 2010 President Obama Releases New National Security Strategy:
• National Security Strategy [PDF]
26 May 2010 Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan.
18 February 2010 Rebuilding Haiti May Cost $14 Billion, Study Shows
02 February 2010 Haitian Relief Shifting to Longer-Term Sustainability Projects Nearly three weeks after the January 12 earthquake hit Haiti, U.S. officials say the relief effort is shifting from search and rescue toward sustainability and economic recovery, ahead of an international donors conference that is expected to be held in March at the United Nations.
29 January 2010 Secretary of State's Speech on European Security In a speech today at the Ecole Militaire in Paris, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton emphasized that the United States and Europe are essential partners in meeting today’s global challenges, and stressed that we are eager to strengthen cooperation with a Europe that is strong and unified.
• Factsheet on the Secretarys Speech on European Security
28 January 2010 State Department Daily Press Briefing Includes announcement of appointments of Staffan de Mistura as new UN representative for Afghanistan and Ambassador Sedwill as NATO special representative for international coordination for Afghanistan (2nd paragraph of transcript).
26 January 2010 Haiti Receives 10-Year Commitment from International Community
20 January 2010 U.S. Government Haiti Earthquake Disaster Response Update
18 January 2010 U.S. Government Haiti Earthquake Disaster Response Update On January 12, a massive earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, causing catastrophic damage inside and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince. President Obama has promised the people of Haiti that "you will not be forsaken, you will not be forgotten." The United States Government has mobilized resources and manpower to aid in the relief effort. Below please find some key facts and examples of government actions to date. All numbers below are accurate as of noon, Monday, January 18.
15 January 2010 Secretary Clinton Announces Launch of State.Gov Person Finder Tool for Those Missing in Haiti Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today the launch of a new tool on www.state.gov, the “Person Finder,” to allow people to find and share information on missing loved ones in Haiti. The tool can be found at http://www.state.gov/haitiquake.
13 January 2010 USAID Fact Sheet: U.S. Response Efforts to Developments in Haiti Outlines key developments, U.S. disaster relief and food assistance.
13 January 2010 U.S. Search-and-Rescue Teams Are Arriving in Haiti The U.S. Agency for International Development has dispatched a disaster assessment team along with a U.S. military assessment team to determine the scope of the humanitarian crisis affecting the Haitian people in the aftermath of one of the region’s most violent earthquakes in a century.
• State Department Press Briefing on the Situation in Haiti
14 August 2009 United States “Ready to Lead Once More” at United Nations The Obama administration recognizes that the well-being and security of Americans is “inextricably linked” to that of people everywhere in the world, and it is making “rather dramatic changes” toward multilateralism in its approach to the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice says.
15 April 2009 Secretary Clinton's Announcement of Counter-Piracy Initiatives “This week, the State Department is taking four immediate steps as we move forward with a broader counter-piracy strategy. But let me underscore this point: The United States does not make concessions or ransom payments to pirates.”
08 April 2009 Press Statement Following E3+3 Political Director's Meeting in London The Political Directors of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union met in London today following the important discussions between our leaders in recent days.
26 January 2009 American Envoy Pledges Renewed Commitment to United Nations The U.S. is committed to helping strengthen the United Nations so it can meet a host of emerging challenges, says America's new ambassador to the international body, Susan Rice.
23 January 2009 U.S. Foreign Policy Shifts with Lightning-like Speed (IIPDigital) With near lightning speed, President Obama has altered the course of U.S. foreign policy less than 48 hours after taking office by making clear that the country's goals and objectives will be consistent with American values and the rule of law.