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While defending President Obama’s 2015 foreign affairs budget request before a Senate appropriations panel, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry described his first year in office as eye-opening.

Secretary Kerry Speaks at Press Conference in Berlin (State Dept.)

Secretary Kerry Speaks at Press Conference in Berlin (State Dept.)

23 July 2014 State Department Daily Press Briefing

20 July 2014 Secretary Kerry on Ukraine, Gaza, Other Issues in NBC Interview

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 State's Frantz: 10 Takeaways from Obama's Speech at West Point 

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."

16 May 2014 U.S. Supports Protection of Migrants in Countries in Crisis 

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."

15 April 2014 Secretary Kerry's Remarks at Swearing-in Ceremony for Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel 

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."

11 March 2014 Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the Department of State’s Global Chiefs of Mission Conference 

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 situations.
 • 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.

2013

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  Leyte, 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)
CAMP AGUINALDO, Philippines- 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, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here this morning.  In the keynote address before the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Security Forum, Hagel said a needed realignment of missions and resources is being undertaken across the department that will require significant change across every aspect of the enterprise.

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  Energy is at the nexus of national security, economic prosperity and the environment. The Department of State’s work in national security, bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, commercial advocacy and development are widely affected by energy concerns. The Bureau of Energy Resources integrates energy security interests into foreign policy decision making, putting energy diplomacy at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy along three pillars.

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.   “This is about promoting international peace and global security. And this is about advancing important humanitarian goals,” Kerry said in signing the Arms Trade Treaty September 25 during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. 
  • 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.

24 July 2013 Remarks by Secretary of State Kerry at the Ramadan Iftar Dinner in Washington D.C.

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.  Greeting the gathering of ministers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Napolitano said governments must be prepared to counter threats from transnational criminal organizations, terrorist groups and “those seeking to damage or disrupt critical infrastructure and infiltrate the systems that control such networks.”
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 (USAID) 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 tthe 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. The president urges Congress to quickly take action to fix the broken immigration system and keep America strong for years to come.

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."  This commentary originally appeared in the American Banker on June 20

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."

09 May 2013 Fact Sheet:  Partnering with State and Local Authorities to Support International Criminal Justice Sector Assistance  

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.

06 February 2013 Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Ceremonial Swearing-In Ceremony 

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 state.
  • 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.

2012

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.

29 November 2012 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Foreign Policy Group's "Transformational Trends 2013" Forum 

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):
 FundingShelter 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 critical."
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 infrastructure needs.
Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Global Infrastructure Conference

18 September 2012 State's Brimmer on U.N., U.S. Multilateral Priorities   

27 July 2012 Fact Sheet: Advancing Israel's Security and Supporting Peace
  • Obama at Signing of U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act

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

15-22 June 2012  Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

The Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Rio+ 20 is 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. 

Their goal is to shape how we can work together to reduce poverty, advance social issues, and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
We will be live streaming webchats with experts from government, civil society and the private sector during the conference which can be accessed from http://conx.state.gov/event/rio20/

22 June 2012 Development Conference Ends with Pledge to Future Generations  The key to achieving sustainable economic growth while preserving environmental resources will be new ideas, pragmatism and optimism about “a more prosperous future,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a speech at Rio+20, as it concluded in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

20 June 2012 U.S. Envoy for Climate Change Stern at Rio+20 

16 June 2012  State Dept. Officials on Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference  Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones.

Foreign Policy News


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.

17 May 2012 White House Briefing on G8, NATO Summits, Other Issues 

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.

09 May 2012 Secretary of Defense Panetta at Law of the Sea Symposium 

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 supplies.
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
Assistant Secretary

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.

2011

28 December 2011 Updated Information on U.S. Government assistance in Haiti :

17 December 2011 Secretary Clinton on Flooding in the Philippines  "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to send my deepest condolences for the devastation and loss of life caused by flooding from Tropical Storm Washi in southern Philippines."

15 December 2011 State Department Initiative to Prepare Women for Public Service U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Women in Public Service Project – a new initiative to increase the number of women in public service at the local, national, and international levels.

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.

02 December 2011 Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi Outline Needed Reforms in Burma Calling Clinton’s visit a “historical moment,” Suu Kyi said international engagement will be critical to ensuring Burma stays on the path toward democracy.

02 December 2011 Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma

30 November 2011 Clinton in South Korea at Forum on Aid Effectiveness    Secretary Clinton's Keynote at the Opening Session of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

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.

28 November 2011 Clinton Attending Global Summit on Aid Programs  The 21st century has created a new dynamic in development assistance, and 2,000 delegates from around the world will forge an agreement on new principles and objectives to guide international aid in this new era.   U.S. Secretary of State Clinton will attend the meeting in Busan, South Korea, demonstrating the Obama administration’s policy that investing in the social development of poor nations is an important element of U.S. foreign policy.

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.

10 November 2011 Clinton Outlines U.S. Policy in East Asia, Pacific  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there is a need for a more dynamic and durable relationship across the Asia-Pacific region that features a mature security and economic architecture on a scale that today’s challenges demand.  It must feature a structure that promotes prosperity and universal values, effectively resolves differences among nations, fosters trust and accountability and encourages cooperation, Clinton said in a speech at the East-West Center in Honolulu.

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.

07 November 2011 Secretary Clinton Keynote at the National Democratic Institute's 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner   Secretary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the National Democratic Institute’s 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner,  Washington, D.C. .

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

17 October 2011 Ambassador Rice on International Day for Eradication of Poverty  "On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we recognize that a cruel injustice has been done whenever a child is limited not by ability but by lack of food or water; whenever a woman loses her life simply for giving birth; whenever a precious daughter or son succumbs to a disease that is preventable."

12 October 2011 Secretary Clinton on American Global Leadership  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says securing and sustaining American global leadership is the organizing principle behind everything she does, because American global leadership holds the key not only to U.S. prosperity and security, but to an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

11 October 2011 Secretary Clinton on America’s Pacific Century  The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action. ... One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment — diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise — in the Asia-Pacific region.

30 September 2011 Remarks by Secretary Clinton at the Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series

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 

19 September 2011 Secretary Clinton's Remarks on Women's Political Participation at UN Women Event 

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.

16 September 2011 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy Summit  "Now as this summit comes to a close, we will adopt a declaration for the first time in APEC’s history that will affirm this organization’s and each member economy’s commitment to improving women’s access to capital and markets, to building women’s capacities and skills, and to supporting the rise of women leaders in both the public and private sectors."

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 Remarks by the President at the September 11th 10th Anniversary Commemoration

11 September 2011 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at Voices of September 11th Luncheon

11 September 2011 Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11  Ambassador Susman's Remarks at the September 11th Memorial Garden.
 • Photos are on Flickr.

07 September 2011 Assistant Secretary Brimmer on U.S. Priorities at United Nations  Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer speaks at the U.S. Institute of Peace on sustaining America’s global leadership and addresses the U.S. goals and priorities for the United Nations.

26 August 2011 Ten Things About State, USAID  Thomas R. Nides serves as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.

16 August 2011 Clinton: Enforcement of Universal Rights Should Be Shared  The United States wants to encourage other nations to enforce “a universal set of values and interests” such as freedom, human rights and democracy, says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

28 July 2011 Saving Lives at Birth Remarks By Secretary Clinton at USAID's Saving Lives at Birth Development Exchange Awards Ceremony "77 Inventions That Could Save Moms and Babies"

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.

14 July 2011 Secretary Clinton’s Interview with Kim Ghattas of BBC 

12 July 2011 Foreign Aid Supports U.S. Economic Growth, Clinton Says  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is advocating that U.S. development assistance should receive equal stature in U.S. foreign policy with defense and diplomacy, and she asked the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition to support her in nudging policymakers in that direction.

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.

06 July 2011 Technology Opens Doors for Women, Clinton Says  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is celebrating her department’s TechWomen exchange program, which uses technology to open doors that are otherwise closed to women in the Middle East and North Africa.  TechWomen, funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a public-private partnership that pairs women from top technology companies in California’s Silicon Valley with women emerging as leaders in technical fields across the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program.

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.

15 June 2011 Senior State Department Officials on Internet Freedom Programs

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.
 • Secretary Clinton's Introductory Remarks for President Obama's Speech
 • 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 President Obama, Secretary Clinton on the Resignation of Middle East Envoy Mitchell

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.

11 May 2011 Speech by President Obama on Immigration and Border Security 

04 May 2011 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Meeting with the Prince of Wales

04 May 2011  Remarks by the Vice President at the Atlantic Council's 50th Anniversary Dinner

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.”

02 May 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

01 May 2011 Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden

29 April 2011 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

27 April 2011 Under Secretary of State McHale at the Exchange 2.0 Summit 

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.

12 April 2011 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum   Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered remarks at a gala dinner celebrating the U.S.-Islamic World Forum hosted by the Brookings Institution and the State of Qatar, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

12 April 2011 Remarks by Secretary Clinton at the 10th Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards  

12 April 2011 USAID Fact Sheet on Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, April 8

07 April 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon   The Secretary expressed great appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the UN who have, in recent days, endured several tragedies. They also discussed the current crisis in Libya and the importance of implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1973.
 •  Investing in U.N. Critical to U.S., International Security

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

31 March 2011 Readout of Vice President Biden's Meeting with British Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Glegg

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)

16 March 2011 Secretary Clinton's Interview With Kim Ghattas of BBC

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.

15 March 2011 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Reception Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

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 Resignation of Philip J Crowley as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs  Press Statement from the U.S. Department of State.

13 March 2011 USAID Fact Sheet on Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

10 March 2011 - Statement on the FY 2012 Budget Secretary Clinton's statement before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

09 March 2011 - Remarks by Secretary Clinton on Launch of a Global Partnership on Maternal and Child Health.  "I believe this partnership will spark revolutionary advances that can dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths around the world."

02 March 2011 Secretary Clinton's Opening Remarks Before the Senate Appropriations Committee on State and Foreign Operations   "The FY 2012 budget we discuss today will allow us to keep pressing ahead. It is a lean budget for lean times"
 • FY2012 State and USAID Budget Request

01 March 2011 Secretary Clinton's Opening Remarks Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee

22 February 2011 Secretary Clinton on the Earthquake in Christchurch
 • U.S. Disaster Assistance Team Headed to New Zealand
 • See also the State Dept Daily Press Brief for 22 February 2011
 • Statement by the President on the Earthquake in New Zealand

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 Internet Freedom Essential to Peace, Prosperity, Clinton Says  An open, secure Internet that is accessible to all is crucial to peace and economic prosperity, says Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton.   “We are convinced that an open Internet fosters long-term peace, progress and prosperity,” Clinton said in a speech delivered February 15 at George Washington University in Washington. An Internet that can be blocked and censored, she said, “can cut off opportunities for peace and progress and discourage innovation and entrepreneurship.”
 • Secretary Clinton: Internet Rights and Wrongs
 • Factsheet on Internet Freedom

14 February 2011 Clinton Says Iranian Aspirations Similar to Those of Egyptians  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Obama administration’s support for the aspirations of the Egyptian people is also true for Iran, and that the protests under way in Iran are “a testament to the courage of the Iranian people.”

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)

17 December 2010 The First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR): Leading Through Civilian Power

 • Download the QDDR Factsheet (PDF - 290Kb)
 • Executive Summary (PDF - 2.4Mb)

You can also download the full report in two versions thus:
 • Full report in high-resolution (PDF - 17.6MB)
 • Full report in low-resolution for faster download (PDF -4Mb)

17 December 2010 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at Town Hall Meeting on the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, "Leading Through Civilian Power"

for better coordination of the U.S. response to crises, conflicts and natural disasters around the world.

 

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.

02 December 2010 Restoring America's Leadership of the Democratic World Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg

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

13 November 2010  Secretary Clinton welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

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.

28 September  2010 Remarks in a Roundtable Discussion on the Administration's New Global Development Policy    Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, USAID Administrator Raj Shah, and Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel Yohannes in Washington, DC at the Annual US Global Leadership Coalition Conference.
 • The Department of State's Role in Supporting the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development

23 September 2010 Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly The President spoke of the challenges facing America, the world, and particularly Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

23 September 2010 - Secretary Clinton’s Remarks at U.N. Summit on Peacekeeping Sec. Clinton says that it is no longer enough to just provide peacekeepers; that must be accompanied by effective mediation, peacemaking and peace-building... Fact Sheet

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.

10 September 2010 Secretary Clinton's Remarks for Eid-ul-Fitr  Clinton "We want to build bridges, not only bridges toward peace in the Middle East, but bridges of understanding." 

09 September 2010  Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

16 August 2010 Global Health Initiative In her remarks Secretary Clinton said that "Global funding for development assistance for health is a nonpartisan issue...from the heart of America."

06 August 2010 The U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative
 •  Q&A: Civil nuclear cooperation with India on the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)

29 July 2010 Women in Public Policy  Remarks by Erin Harbaugh, Public Diplomacy Advisor, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

19 July 2010 Secretary Clinton's response to U.S. Senators on the Release of Abdelbasset al-Megrahi

15 July 2010 Briefing on Secretary Clinton's Upcoming Travel   Secretary Hillary Clinton will travel to the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan from July 19th through the 23rd of July.

20 June 2010 Secretary Clinton Phone Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov  Secretary Clinton spoke by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. They discussed preparations for the upcoming June 24 summit between President Obama and President Medvedev.

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.

09 May 2010 Secretary Clinton's Interview with Scott Pelley of CBS 60 Minutes

30 March 2010 Secretary Clinton's Remarks With G-8 Foreign Ministers After Their Ministerial Meetings in Quebec, Canada

18 February 2010 Rebuilding Haiti May Cost $14 Billion, Study Shows  A preliminary study by Inter-American Development Bank economists indicates that it could cost as much as $14 billion to rebuild Haiti’s homes, schools, roads and other structures damaged by a devastating earthquake in January. The preliminary report is based on complex comparisons with nearly 2,000 other natural disasters around the world between 1970 and 2008; it factored in the number of dead and missing in Haiti — believed to be between 200,000 and 250,000 people.

14 February 2010 Secretary Clinton's remarks at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum
 •  Question & Answer session

10 February 2010 Rome Meeting to Mobilize Support for Haiti’s Agricultural Sector   Haitian Agriculture Minister Joanas Gue will convene a high-level international meeting at U.N. World Food Programme headquarters in Rome February 12 to coordinate support for Haiti’s agricultural sector. Cheryl Mills, counselor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will represent the United States at the meeting, where Haiti’s medium and long-term agricultural development will be discussed in terms of the country’s overall redevelopment plan.

09 February 2010 Former President Clinton's Role in Haiti  "The United States is pleased that the UN Secretary-General has asked former President Clinton to take on an expanded role as UN Special Envoy for Haiti. We understand that President Clinton will assume a leadership role in coordinating international aid efforts from emergency response to recovery and reconstruction in Haiti. "

04 February 2010 Mobile Phone Donations Break Records for Haiti Earthquake Relief   After the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, millions of Americans grabbed their mobiles, but instead of calling friends or family they hit a number that automatically donated $10 to the American Red Cross, resulting in an unprecedented $31 million raised for Haitian relief through mobile phone technology. “To raise $31 million dollars, $10 at a time, with mobile phones is overwhelming and nothing short of amazing,” says Roger Lowe, senior vice president for communications at American Red Cross headquarters in Washington.

 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 Secretary Clinton's Interview With Jill Dougherty of CNN

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).

28 January 2010 Statement on the Violence in Jos, Nigeria

27 January 2010 Secretary Clinton Remarks With British Foreign Secretary David Miliband And Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Abdullah al-Qirbi

26 January 2010 Secretary Clinton's Interview With Michele Kelemen of NPR

26 January 2010 Techies Put Their Laptops to Work for Haiti   One of the newest applications for iPhones in the Apple Store is a free Creole-to-English and English-to-Creole translator called the Tradui aimed at a niche market: the thousands of relief workers on the front lines of the massive relief effort in Haiti. The app was built by one of the volunteer squads of technology wizards who turned out for a “CrisisCamp Haiti” in Washington held days after a massive earthquake devastated the Haitian capital.

26 January 2010 Haiti Receives 10-Year Commitment from International Community  Countries and international organizations that will pledge money to help Haiti recover from the January 12 earthquake have agreed to hold a donors conference in New York in March and have declared a 10-year commitment to the country.  The needs in Haiti are immense, and the Haitian people are continuing to suffer despite the massive aid and relief effort that mobilized as a result of the disaster, they say.

26 January 2010 Clinton to Attend Yemen Security Conference in London   Supporting Yemen as it faces security challenges posed by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is a significant part of the U.S. strategy with Yemen’s leaders, but there are also efforts to help with economic, governance and social issues, says the State Department’s senior counterterrorism official.

25 January 2010 Secretary Clinton to travel to London and Paris from 26-29 January 2010

In London, Secretary Clinton will attend a ministerial meeting on Yemen on January 27 and the International Conference on Afghanistan on January 28. The goal of the Yemen meeting is to consolidate international support for Yemen, coordinate assistance efforts, and reach agreement on assisting Yemen in its political and economic reform efforts. The objective of the London Conference on Afghanistan is to demonstrate the international community’s support for Afghanistan’s future and the agenda outlined by President Karzai in his November 19 inauguration speech. The meetings will focus on the implementation of our strategy in support of Afghanistan’s security, governance and development, and improved international civilian coordination.
The Secretary will end her trip in Paris, where she will give a speech on European security, in addition to meeting with President Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Kouchner to discuss the international Haiti relief effort, developments in Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and an array of other issues of mutual concern.

25 January 2010 London Conference to Discuss Rehabilitation of Taliban Fighters  Ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s attendance at the January 28 International Conference on Afghanistan in London, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke says 2010 will be a “year of heavy implementation” of the Obama administration’s strategy in Afghanistan, and the conference will include support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s plans to reintegrate Taliban fighters into the country.

24 January 2010 State, Defense Officials Brief on Efforts in Haiti

24 January 2010 Puerto Rico’s “Barge of Hope” Sails to Haiti with Relief Supplies  When the powerful earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, Puerto Rico responded with an outpouring of sympathy and aid by collecting approximately 6 million pounds (2.7 million kilos) of food and medicine, plus electric generators, tarps and other goods. But shipping such a vast amount of relief supplies presented a formidable problem, with Haiti’s airport severely congested and its seaport heavily damaged. The solution: a massive barge, made available by Pan American Grain, one of the largest food-processing companies in the Caribbean.

21 January 2010 Secretary of State Clinton on Internet Freedom  Free flow of information strengthens societies, secretary says.

21 January 2010 IMF, World Bank Planning for Haiti’s Reconstruction  The International Monetary Fund pledged an interest-free loan of $100 million in initial emergency funds to the Haitian government that can be used for essential services and to finance urgent imports, Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said.

20 January 2010 U.S. Government Haiti Earthquake Disaster Response Update

20 January 2010 USNS Comfort Begins Treating Haiti Earthquake Patients  The U.S. Navy’s 1,000-bed hospital ship Comfort arrived off the Haitian shore and began receiving patients from the January 12 earthquake even before it dropped anchor in Port-au-Prince harbor. Creole speakers have joined the ship to facilitate communication between the medical personnel and their patients.

20 January 2010 Port Repairs Begin to Expand Haitian Relief Operations  The U.S. Military Sealift Command salvage-and-rescue ship USNS Grasp with heavy-lift cranes and an Army engineer diving team is in Haiti to remove debris and rubble that has jammed the small Port-au-Prince harbor and the Cap-Haitien port since an earthquake struck the country eight days ago.

19 January 2010 Restoring Essential Health Care in Haiti Still a Challenge  As the relief effort widens in Haiti, international health experts are trying to determine how many hospitals and health clinics are able to treat patients and provide essential services, and to identify those that cannot and what their needs are, a U.S. Agency for International Development report says.

19 January 2010 American Forces Help Expand Aid Efforts Beyond Port-au-Prince  American military personnel are reaching beyond the vicinity of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and are opening new ports of entry into the country to increase the flow and distribution of relief assistance. In addition, the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort will be off the coast of Haiti January 20 and will begin to ease the pressure on international field hospitals by taking over the care of some of the more severely wounded patients.

19 January 2010 Haitian Police, U.N. Providing Security for Relief Efforts  The Obama administration welcomed the decision by the United Nations Security Council to increase troops and police for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which is the main force providing security in the country following the January 12 earthquake.

18 January 2010 White House Press Briefing on the U.S. Government Response to the Haiti Earthquake

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.

18 January 2010 U.S., International Community Conquering Problems to Help Haiti  Tons of food, water and medical supplies are reaching the survivors of last week’s earthquake in Haiti and U.S. military personnel are on the ground to speed the distribution of aid and maintain security.

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.

14 January 2010 State Department Briefing On the Situation in Haiti (update from State.gov)

14 January 2010 Secretary Clinton’s media interviews on Haiti (from State.Gov) :
 •  With Brian Kilmeade, Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy of FOX and Friends
 •  With Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe

14 January 2010 Air Bridge Opened at Port-au-Prince Airport for Relief Efforts  An air bridge into Haiti was opened by a U.S. Air Force ground control team that worked around the clock to restore electric power and the control tower at the airport in Port-au-Prince as relief supplies, military troops and aid workers began pouring into the country from around the world.

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
 •  Secretary Clinton Remarks on The Situation in Haiti

13 January 2010 Why Was Haiti Earthquake So Devastating?  More than 3 million people in Haiti are estimated to have been affected by the earthquake that struck January 12. Registering at magnitude 7.0, it is the most violent earthquake to hit that island nation in a century. Deaths, injuries and damage are yet to be tallied. According to experts, magnitude 7 earthquakes - considered "severe" by seismologists - occur around the world 12 to 15 times each year. What made the Haiti earthquake especially devastating?

08 January 2010 Remarks by Secretary Clinton on the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development

08 January 2010 New USAID Chief Sees U.S. Forging Deeper Partnerships Overseas  The U.S. Agency for International Development has sworn in a new administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, at a ceremony January 7 in Washington. In an exclusive interview with Voice of America, Shah talked about the Obama administration’s plans to deepen its partnerships overseas and listen more to the countries the agency serves.

2009

07 December 2009 Building a New Architecture of Global Cooperation  Remarks by Secretary Clinton: “[W]e need to be committed to using American leadership to build a new architecture of global cooperation. And fundamental to that idea is that the 21st century not only presents many shared challenges, but also demands shared responsibility.“

07 December 2009 Remarks by President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan  The leaders discussed U.S.-Turkey relations, Afghanistan, NATO, Iran and Iraq.

18 November 2009 Corruption Continues to Hobble Social, Economic Progress   Corruption continues to hobble social and economic progress in most countries, according to the latest report by Transparency International, a nonpartisan, civil society organization which monitors corruption from some 90 offices around the world. The majority of the 180 countries included in the 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score below 5 on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption). CPI rankings measure perceptions of public-sector corruption based on surveys of experts and businesspersons based both in the country and abroad. The rankings focus on the abuse of public power for private benefit.

06 November 2009 Helsinki Treaty Spurred Fall of Berlin Wall, End of Communism  When 35 European nations, including the United States and the Soviet Union, signed the Helsinki Final Act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe on August 1, 1975, it set in motion events that would topple the Berlin Wall and leave a lasting imprint on international relations.

07 October 2009 Guinea Violence a "Vile Violation" of Human Rights, Clinton Says  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said an international investigation is needed into the killings and rapes by Guinean security forces against peaceful protesters and bystanders at a stadium in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, saying "there should be no impunity" for the perpetrators.

06 October 2009 Secretary Clinton's Remarks With Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on American Power and Persuasion

05 October 2009 Countries Hit by East Asian Disasters Receive U.S. Assistance  The United States has been part of international relief efforts in the East Asia-Pacific region after separate natural disasters struck Indonesia, the Philippines, Samoa and neighboring islands within a period of less than one week.

02 October 2009 Remarks by Secretary Clinton, OIC Secretary-General Ihsanoglu  Officials discuss bilateral relations in Washington.

02 October 2009 Seeking a New Generation of Cyberdefenders  Though they tend to be young and eager, skilled cybersecurity experts are small in number. There simply are not enough of them to meet projected long-term global public and private sector requirements.

02 October 2009 United States Working to Bridge Gaps in U.N. Human Rights Council  The first session of U.S. participation in the United Nations Human Rights Council has been "a terrific learning experience," and although the United States will not always agree with the body’s opinion, "it’s important that we’re in there defending the values we hold dear," says Esther Brimmer, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs.

30 September 2009 United States Sending Assessment Teams to Tsunami-Stricken Areas  The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending two disaster assessment teams to American Samoa, along with a team from the U.S. Coast Guard, to assess the impact of an earthquake, the ensuing tsunami and extensive flooding, the White House says.

30 September 2009 Clinton Hails U.N. Resolution to Protect Women Against Violence  Says violence against women is criminal, not cultural.

23 September 2009 Obama Challenges United Nations to “New Era of Engagement  The interests of the world’s peoples are shared, more than at any point in human history, and the international community must embrace “a new era of engagement” to confront pressing challenges such as nuclear proliferation, climate change and economic crisis, President Obama told the United Nations General Assembly.
 • Remarks by the President to the United Nations General Assembly

18 September 2009 Clinton Outlines U.S. Agenda for U.N. General Assembly   The United States will promote an agenda at the opening of the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly focused heavily on building international partnerships, promoting nuclear nonproliferation, resolving issues in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and forging economic development initiatives.
 •  Remarks by Secretary Clinton

11 September 2009 Nonproliferation, Climate Change Top U.S. Issues for U.N. Meeting  The Obama administration is considering global issues such as climate change and food security to be immediate security challenges, along with more traditional security topics like nonproliferation and arms control, as the U.S. delegation prepares for the 64th United Nations General Assembly, opening September 19 in New York.

27 August 2009 Grants from Millennium Challenge Corporation Spur Development  When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton identified lack of good governance as a major obstacle to development during her recent trip to Africa, she also highlighted a global solution in use throughout the continent and South America, Asia and Europe: the compacts of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

19 August 2009 U.S. Marks World Humanitarian Day, Announces Additional Aid   U.S. officials marked the first World Humanitarian Day by announcing an additional $160 million to support global aid work and calling for governments and parties in conflict areas around the world to pay attention to the safety of humanitarian workers.

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.

11 August 2009 Obama, Clinton Condemn Sentencing of Burma"s Aung San Suu Kyi  The decision by Burma"s ruling military to convict and sentence Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 additional months of house arrest is "unjust" and violates universal human rights principles, said President Obama, who calls for the veteran democracy leader and other Burmese political prisoners to be set free.

06 August 2009 Obama Aide on a New Approach to Safeguarding Americans  Remarks by assistant to the president for homeland security.

26 July 2009 Secretary's Remarks: Interview With David Gregory of Meet the Press

21 July 2009 United States Seeks Deeper Relations with India  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged a new era of strengthened relations with India and announced the launch of a strategic dialogue between the two countries.

20 July 2009 U.S.-India Joint Statement Following Clinton's New Delhi Meetings  Diplomats committed to building enhanced India-U.S. strategic partnership.

18 July 2009 Secretary Clinton’s Interview with Frankly Speaking  In Mumbai, secretary discusses relations with India and Pakistan.

17 July 2009 North American Leaders to Meet August 9–10  The leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States will meet in August to discuss security, economic and trade policies, health issues and regional challenges like the political crisis in Honduras, said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

15 July 2009 Secretary Clinton's Foreign Policy Address at the Council on Foreign Relations
 • Question & Answer session

15 July 2009 Clinton Tells Iran's Leaders Now Is the Time for Engagement  Iran’s leadership should respond to President Obama’s offer of engagement over its nuclear activities, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says, adding that the opportunity "will not remain open indefinitely."

14 July 2009 State Department's Todd Leventhal Discusses Conspiracy Theories  Todd Leventhal, disinformation and conspiracy theory specialist with the U.S. State Department, answered questions in a July 14 CO.NX webchat on conspiracy theories.

10 July 2009 Special Press Briefing on Diplomacy and Development Strategy

18 June 2009 Department of State's Office of the Historian Announces New Website: www.history.state.gov

13 June 2009 Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the 100th Anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty

11 June 2009 Public Diplomacy: A National Security Imperative  Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale spoke at the Center for a New American Security’s third annual conference, "Striking a Balance: A New American Security".

11 June 2009 Obama's Cairo Speech Resonates with Africans, State's Carson Says  There was widespread interest across sub-Saharan Africa in President Obama's speech June 4 from Cairo to Muslims worldwide because many of the speech themes resonated directly with Africans who look forward to participating in a "new dialogue" with the United States, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson said June 5.

10 June 2009 White House Document on Advancing the Role of Women  Series of documents central to Obama administration’s agenda.

05 June 2009 Many Muslims Saw Hope, Change in Obama's Cairo Speech  "The speech gave me hope that change can happen, especially by collaboration and by seeing common ground and interest," 19-year-old Ingy Hassieb said. The Egyptian college student reflected on the words he had heard when the new American president, Barack Obama, came to Cairo with the call to initiate "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims."

04 June 2009 A New Beginning  President Obama's speech in Cairo, Egypt as prepared for delivery.
 • Fact Sheet: The U.S. and Muslim communities around the world (PDF, 64KB)

03 June 2009 State's McHale to Spearhead U.S. Global Public Engagement  Judith McHale, President Obama's selection to spearhead the government's public outreach to global audiences, says the United States needs to engage the people of the world in new and innovative ways.

26 May 2009 White House Document on Delivering on Change: Foreign Policy  This series describes issues central to Obama administration's agenda.

20 May 2009 Clinton's Opening Remarks at Senate Hearing on Foreign Operations  Testifies before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing May 20

19 May 2009 Remarks by Secretary Clinton at the Global Press Conference   Highlights U.S. humanitarian aid to Pakistan, foreign policy goals.

18 May 2009 Remarks by Secretary Clinton At Barnard College Commencement Ceremony

13 May 2009 Taking Diplomatic Action Against Piracy  U.S. outlines anti-piracy efforts to combat piracy worldwide.

13 May 2009 U.S. Seeking Improved Relations with Western Hemisphere Nations  President Obama wants the United States to build a new cooperative approach to relations with other Western Hemisphere nations that is supported by the twin pillars of democratic governance and inclusive prosperity, says Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.

12 May 2009 State Department Official Encourages Dialogue with Muslim World  President Obama and his administration are fully committed to pursuing "a deep and positive dialogue with Muslims around the world based on mutual respect and in support of our mutual interests," according to a key State Department official.

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he Global Peace Operations Initiative

Remarks
Andrew J. Shapiro
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
The U.S. Institute of Peace
Washington, DC
February 27, 2012

[Introduced by Tara Sonenshine]

Thank you very much Tara. It is a great pleasure to be here today at the United States Institute of Peace to talk to you about U.S. efforts to support international peacekeeping operations. USIP has long been a leader in this field. Currently, USIP is teaching conflict mediation techniques for African security personnel in peacekeeping missions across the continent. It is also helping train advisors for Afghan defense and interior ministers. Furthermore, as an intellectual leader in studying and evaluating peacekeeping missions, USIP’s numerous reports and studies are helping those of us in government do our jobs better.

Today – I want to talk about three things.

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      First, the larger context and significance of international peacekeeping efforts.
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      Second, I want to talk about U.S. efforts to build peacekeeping capacity.
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      And lastly, I’ll discuss some of the key challenges confronting peacekeeping operations.

Why Peacekeeping is Essential

Now let me turn to the important role peacekeeping plays in today’s world.

Following the end of the Cold War, the international community was awakened to the potential dangers and challenges posed by weak and failing states. Suddenly, the great power politics and rivalries that had long dominated international relations posed less of a threat to the international order than the dangers emanating from weak or failing states. Renewed ethnic and sectarian tensions came to the fore, threatening regional stability and resulting in vicious conflicts. Additionally, in an increasingly interconnected world, the collapse of governance in one state could have a global impact. Terrorists, pirates, traffickers, and other transnational actors were now able to exploit the weakness of one state to cause wider mayhem and instability. We saw the effects of this in Afghanistan prior to September 11th and we see the effects of this now in Somalia.

In response to this challenge, international peacekeeping operations expanded rapidly and have become essential to maintaining international stability. These operations have proven to be an effective means to prevent conflicts from escalating and spreading beyond borders. They help lower the temperature in conflict zones and can create an environment in which disputes can be resolved peacefully. They also help defuse hostilities that could otherwise ignite into a larger armed conflict. Often times the difference that peacekeepers make is simply in preventing a bad situation from getting worse. This is an absolutely critical role. By keeping a lid on conflicts and preventing unstable countries from collapsing, peacekeeping operations decrease the likelihood of a country facing violent upheaval, disease, hunger, or criminal activities.

The important role that international peacekeeping forces play in maintaining international peace and stability often flies under the radar. We often hear about peacekeepers in the news when things go wrong. When their efforts fail to keep the peace or when a scandal emerges, it rightly gets reported. However, we hear much less when things go well.

Yet the achievements are many. For instance, the UN Mission in Liberia known as UNMIL has supported the implementation of a ceasefire agreement, the subsequent peace process and security sector reform. UNMIL’s activities have helped stabilize the country and enabled Liberia to conduct free and fair elections in 2005 and again in 2011. The result of these elections was the first democratically elected, and re-elected, female president in the history of the African continent. Additionally, the UN Mission in Timor-Leste known as UNMIT has helped foster a dramatic improvement in the security situation. As a result, its mission is scheduled to end at the close of this year when responsibilities transition from UNMIT to Timorese authorities.

I myself have witnessed the effectiveness of UN peacekeepers firsthand when I traveled with General Douglas Fraser, the head of U.S. Southern Command, to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. There we met with the Commander of the U.N. mission in Haiti known as MINUSTAH – Brazilian General Luiz Paul Cruz – as well as nine U.S. military officers who were serving as MINUSTAH staff officers. Among the many tens of thousands of people lost in Haiti's earthquake were more than 100 members of MINUSTAH, including several members of the mission's top leadership. The earthquake caused the single greatest loss of life in the history of UN operations. Despite losing personnel and being displaced from mission headquarters, MINUSTAH continued its mission. MINUSTAH played a key role by providing security for internally displaced persons, clearing roads, removing rubble, and conducting other vital tasks. Through the contributions of MINUSTAH, the overall security situation in Haiti improved considerably. And this past year, for the first time in its history, Haiti experienced a peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected President to another in 2011.

Don’t get me wrong – there is still much work to be done to consolidate peace in Haiti and other such post-conflict countries. But the role of peacekeeping forces in helping these countries recover and from falling further into disarray is quite clear. As a result of successful missions like these, we have seen a dramatic growth in global peacekeeping operations over the last decade. The growth of international peacekeeping is truly staggering. Currently, there are about 100,000 troops, observers, and police personnel serving in 15 UN peacekeeping operations deployed on four continents. To put this in perspective, just 15 years ago, there were fewer than 25,000 peacekeepers. UN peacekeepers represent the second largest deployed force abroad after the United States. Additionally, today regional peacekeeping forces are playing an important role. The African Union Mission in Somalia or AMISOM will grow from an authorized force size of 8,000 to nearly 18,000 troops.

Over the last decade, demands on these operations have grown. As a result, these missions have also become more complex and challenging. UN and regional peacekeepers are no longer just meant to get in between and monitor an agreed ceasefire line between two sovereign states, as they were for much of the second half of the 20th century. Today, they are engaged in more wide-ranging activities including peace enforcement operations, policing, security sector reform, demining, and election support. Most currently deployed peacekeepers are also operating in some of the world’s most volatile environments such as Somalia, Darfur, South Sudan, Congo, and Haiti.

Strategic Importance to the U.S.

Yet despite the massive expansion in international peacekeeping, little attention is often paid to these efforts. The U.S. press often gives peacekeeping missions little coverage – perhaps in large part because U.S. troops often aren’t deployed in these missions. While that may be understandable, it also means that the importance of these missions to the security of the United States is often little appreciated. International peacekeepers are making a real difference to the security of the United States. To put it clearly: When these peacekeepers deploy it means that U.S. forces are less likely to be called on to intervene. International peacekeepers are often putting themselves at considerable risk for the sake of international peace and security. Last year alone, more than 100 UN peacekeepers were killed in the line of duty. And dozens more Ugandan and Burundian peacekeepers lost their lives in the AMISOM mission. By deploying to some of the most intractable conflicts on the planet, international peacekeepers prevent these conflicts from escalating.

UN forces are also uniquely suited for many operations. As a neutral arbiter, UN forces often have tremendous legitimacy. They can pull troops from countries well-suited to the operation, utilizing forces that have the right language skills or appropriate cultural and religious sensitivities. UN and regional peacekeeping operations act as force-multipliers for the U.S. by spreading the burden of maintaining the global order.

These operations are also incredibly cost-effective. Frankly, it is hard to find a better value for the money than international peacekeeping operations. According to a study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office in 2006, UN peacekeeping is eight times less expensive than funding a comparable U.S. force. Not only that, but the costs of U.N. operations are spread out across the international community. The U.S. annually contributes roughly a quarter of the overall cost of all UN peacekeeping operations or about $2 billion. And remember that helps support the deployment of 100,000 troops. In addition, the U.S. provides on average $155 million annually to train and equip troops and police for UN and regional peacekeeping operations. As Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, noted in 2009 on the floor of the Senate, U.S. support for peacekeeping is not only important because these missions “help alleviate suffering around the globe… but also because they are a cost-effective way of managing U.S. security interests.” Not only do UN and regional peacekeeping operations cost taxpayers comparatively little in the present, but their real value is not just in what we spend now. It is in what we don’t have to spend down the road.

This is why the United States is committed to supporting these efforts. At the UN Security Council Summit on Peacekeeping in September of 2010, Secretary Clinton noted that “The United States is…committed to improving UN operations, not just because we think it’s the right thing to do and not just because the humanitarian imperative is so strong in our own value system, but because we actually think it’s smart and strategic as well.” The strategic importance the United States places on international peacekeeping was explicitly recognized in the President’s National Security Strategy, as it determined that we will work to ensure that international forces “are ready, able, and willing.”

GPOI Overview

So let me now turn to some of the ways the United States is supporting these vital operations. Besides our financial and political support, the United States is also playing a critically important role in training UN and regional peacekeepers so that these forces are better able to tackle their demanding missions.

Support for peacekeeping training is one area that is truly bipartisan. U.S. efforts to train international peacekeepers have been in place for decades. In 2004, the Bush administration sought to consolidate various train and equip programs into a more robust international peacekeeping capacity building initiative, called the Global Peace Operations Initiative, or GPOI. President George W. Bush announced the creation of GPOI at the 2004 G8 Sea Island Summit, as the United States’ contribution to broader G8 capacity building efforts. As then-Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Richard Lugar, noted, the effort to expand peacekeeping capabilities stems from the recognition “that many countries have the political will to participate in peace support operations, but lack the capabilities and resources required to deploy and sustain themselves in the field.”

The Global Peace Operations Initiative was created to help address these shortfalls in capacity. GPOI is a security assistance program managed by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, which I oversee at the State Department. And it works to build international capacity in three ways:

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      First, it helps build partner capabilities to train and sustain peacekeepers.
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      Second, it is helping to increase the number of capable military troops and police units available for deployment.
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      And third, it is facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of military and police units to international peacekeeping operations.

The objectives for GPOI were ambitious. During its first five years, from 2005 to 2009, also known as “Phase I,” GPOI’s primary objective was to train and equip at least 75,000 peacekeepers. Our GPOI teams not only surpassed this target – they did so a year ahead of schedule. By the end of FY2009 the United States had trained nearly 87,000 peacekeepers. To date, GPOI has directly trained more than 153,000 peacekeepers. In addition to this, by training trainers in partner countries, GPOI has also enabled the training of more than 43,000 additional peacekeepers. This means the GPOI program has played a critical role in training nearly 200,000 peacekeepers since 2005 – truly an astonishing total.

But it is not just about training. When we train peacekeepers through our GPOI program, we also help provide necessary equipment and logistical assistance to ensure these newly trained forces are ready and able to deploy. For example, GPOI has provided eight Up-Armored Humvees to support Nepal’s deployment of a battalion to the peacekeeping mission in Darfur. We also provide tens of millions of dollars worth of equipment for countries deploying to Somalia. Without this equipment, peacekeepers would not be able to perform responsibilities effectively in-mission, regardless of the amount of training they receive. As a result of these efforts, the GPOI program has facilitated the deployment of nearly 140,000 peacekeepers from 36 countries to 21 operations around the world. To put this in context, roughly 70 percent of the peacekeepers we train have deployed to serve in peacekeeping operations. And many others have been assigned as staff officers or trainers within their national peacekeeping-related institutions. GPOI is therefore playing a critical role in helping the UN and other regional organizations meet the growing demand for peacekeepers.

With respect to program implementation, GPOI is also a prime example of an effective and productive partnership between the Departments of State and Defense. The collaboration and coordination between the State and Defense has never been better. Currently, DoD implements approximately half of the GPOI program’s efforts to build peacekeeping capacity in partner countries through the regional Combatant Commands. The State Department implements the other half, primarily through the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance or ACOTA program.

Our GPOI programs are also not one-size-fits all. This is not a program which dictates to countries what they need. Rather, GPOI works with partner countries to understand the peacekeeping capabilities and capacities they wish to build. For example, one country may desire to be able to train and deploy a light infantry battalion while another country may seek to train and deploy two engineering companies. Accordingly, GPOI offers assistance across a variety of areas depending on the needs of that country. These range from basic soldier skills to finance, logistics, medical, engineering, demining, aviation, civil-military relations, and human-rights training. For instance, a commander requires a different skill set than a medic or a staff officer or a soldier. It is imperative then that the right personnel are trained on the right skills. That is why our GPOI teams offer instruction on a variety of general or specific functional areas depending on the needs of the training audience. For example, in September 2011, GPOI partnered for a second time with Japan to deliver a course using UN curriculum to train current and potential senior military, police, and civilian mission leaders. Such a multi-faceted approach to training helps make peacekeepers more effective once they are deployed.

Because demand for well-trained and properly equipped peacekeepers is only growing, GPOI’s mandate was renewed for a second five-year period, lasting from FY 2010 to 2014. However, our focus has shifted a bit. In what we call our “Phase II” efforts – we are shifting from the direct training of peacekeepers by U.S. trainers to a “train-the-trainer” approach. We are now working to increase the self-sufficiency of our GPOI partners to train peacekeepers on their own. To put it another way, by training trainers, we are hoping to work ourselves out of a job.

To help countries become self-sufficient, we assist our partners in establishing a dedicated national training cadre and written programs of instruction. We also ensure that they have the sufficient training facilities and the necessary equipment. Importantly, we make sure that our partners have the will and ability to sustain these capabilities. We are making great progress in this effort. Just this month I was in Indonesia where I participated in the groundbreaking of the Armed Forces Peacekeeping Training Center in Bogor, West Java. GPOI funding is supporting the construction of the first of two 3-story barracks that will provide beds for a total of 600 personnel being trained at the center. By giving countries their own training capacity, we will further expand the number of future peacekeeping forces and empower partner countries to strengthen their own roles. Increasing self-sufficiency of our partners will result in larger pools of deployable and capable peacekeeping forces.

In addition to expanding global peacekeeping capacity, our GPOI efforts advance U.S. national security in other important ways as well.

One ancillary benefit of our training efforts is that we aren’t simply training future peacekeepers. We are providing training to that country’s armed forces. While peacekeeping training is very specialized, many of the skills in terms of population protection, human rights training, logistics support, and medical training, all have broader application than just to those specific peacekeeping operations. In other words, peacekeeping training is teaching valuable skills that can help professionalize and modernize the practices and approaches of our partner military forces. This can enable these countries to better handle their own security and deal more effectively and appropriately with potential security challenges.

We believe this may also have a much larger benefit. For example, the forces we are training today may be able to play a critical role in combating potential mass atrocities and genocide down the road. In August of last year, the President issued Presidential Study Directive 10 or PSD 10, which identified the prevention of mass atrocities and genocide as a core national security interest of the United States. PSD 10 directed the creation of an atrocities prevention board to coordinate a whole-of-government approach to preventing and responding to mass atrocities and genocide. GPOI will play a key role in implementing the recommendations of the Board, particularly when it comes to training peacekeepers – which are often the first line of defense in preventing mass atrocities. Our training is intended to prepare peacekeepers on ways to intervene to prevent atrocities and to not stand by as passive observers. Importantly, this training has relevance to these forces whether they are wearing a blue helmet or the helmet of their home country. Our hope is that no matter where these incidents occur these forces will be prepared to do something about them.

Another area of focus in our efforts is to increase the role of women in peacekeeping and to provide training to better protect women in conflict from sexual and gender-based violence. This past December the U.S. released aNational Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security that identifies steps the U.S. will take to advance women’s inclusion in peace and security. This includes a focus on protecting women from sexual and gender-based violence, as well as ensuring women have equal access to relief and recovery. Long before the action plan was released, our GPOI teams began implementing programs to achieve these goals. We are working to increase female participation in GPOI-funded training. GPOI has to date facilitated the training of more than 2,000 female peacekeepers worldwide – the majority of whom are from African countries. We are also incorporating training into our GPOI program that focuses on preventing violence and exploitation of women, as well as training that helps peacekeepers provide relief and support to women following incidents of sexual and gender violence. These efforts will improve the capacity of peacekeepers to better protect women in the field.

Though GPOI focuses the majority of its training efforts on military personnel, it has also worked to strengthen these units. Police units play a critical role in peacekeeping operations by handling crowd control, managing public order, and protecting peacekeeping staff and material. There is often even greater demand for policing capabilities as peacekeeping operations enter their later stages and as the focus turns more to consolidating the gains that have already been achieved. In Europe, we have helped support the Italian-led Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units. Since 2005, this facility has trained over 4,000 police trainers from around the world, thus increasing the number of well-trained police peacekeepers deploying to UN peace operations. GPOI efforts in this area also complement police-peacekeeper capacity building activities managed by the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Another less appreciated benefit of our peacekeeping efforts is the important role it can play in strengthening our diplomatic relations with others. This is something we see at the State Department in our dealings with countries across the globe. The subject of peacekeeping is often an uncontroversial issue that we can discuss with countries with which we are looking to expand our security relationships, such as with Vietnam. By cooperating over a security issue that we may agree on, we can open the door to constructive cooperation in other areas of mutual interest as well.

As its name implies, GPOI is a “global” capacity building program. We partner with 59 countries in every geographic region. We also partner with two regional organizations, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS. Africa is a major focus of our training efforts. We actively engage with 16 partner countries on the continent, primarily through the African Contingency Operations Training Assistance program or ACOTA. U.S. Africa Command is also playing an evolving role in executing GPOI capacity building activities. Through these efforts, GPOI-funded activities have facilitated the training of over 168,000 African peacekeepers, and over 140,000 of them have deployed to 13 UN and regional operations around the world.

In fact, USIP is also playing a vital role in Africa by partnering with ACOTA to teach peacekeepers negotiation and mediation skills as well as emphasizing their role in protecting civilians. I had an opportunity to get an invaluable look into the excellent work that our GPOI and ACOTA teams are doing when I traveled to Africa last year. I visited the Djibouti National Peacekeeping Training Center, which GPOI is supporting. There I met with the ACOTA trainers, U.S. Africa Command military mentors, and Djiboutian peacekeeping trainees. I was able to see first-hand the commitment and dedication of the U.S. trainers and Djiboutian trainees alike, as they trained in a location that was relatively austere and provided some difficult conditions.

GPOI is particularly focusing a great deal of its efforts to support the training and equipping of peacekeepers deploying to AMISOM in Somalia. There, peacekeepers are making significant strides as they push Al-Shabaab further from the outskirts of Mogadishu. Somalia is also suffering from a humanitarian crisis, which the volatile security situation has worsened by restricting access for aid workers. However, with the support of GPOI-funded training and equipment, peacekeepers are securing Mogadishu, providing space for the Somali peace process, and improving access for humanitarian workers to bring much needed aid.

But it is not just in Africa. Countries throughout Asia, the Near East, Latin America, and Europe have made significant contributions as well. GPOI currently partners with 15 countries throughout Asia, 12 countries in South and Central America, and six countries in Europe. Our partnership with countries around the world has made peacekeeping an important part of our bilateral security cooperation and has helped strengthen our diplomatic relations with these partners.

The Challenges

While I have discussed many of the benefits and successes of our peacekeeping efforts, there are of course a number of challenges as well. We have to recognize that at times the momentum behind a conflict will be too great and multilateral peacekeeping missions will sometimes fail or prove ineffective. Attempting to bring peace to areas in conflict is not easy work – a fact that Americans have experienced first hand over the last decade. International peacekeeping is not a silver bullet. However, it is an incredibly useful tool and is one that can become even more effective.

One of the major challenges to peacekeeping is that the global demand for well qualified peacekeepers remains strong at the very time that the global economic slowdown has squeezed budgets around the world. Resources simply are not as plentiful as they once were. Yet the need for well-trained, properly equipped peacekeepers and police units is at unprecedented levels. And while some prominent peacekeeping missions may soon wind down, I would just point to the dramatic events of the last year. The world can certainly change suddenly and new crises and new disasters will inevitably unfold. And when they do, the international community knows that international peacekeeping operations are an invaluable resource for potentially handling some of these challenges. Therefore, while I can’t predict the future, it is safe to say that demand for peacekeeping missions will remain robust in the decade ahead.

Unfortunately, there is a systemic shortfall in the supply of well-qualified peacekeepers, which continues to undermine the successful execution of UN and regional peacekeeping mandates. To compound the challenge of supply, peacekeeping missions are also becoming more and more demanding. In 2009 at the UN General Assembly, President Obama noted that “Over the last ten years, the demands on peacekeeping have grown, and operations have become more complex. It is in all of our interests to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these efforts.” Peacekeepers are being asked to do more than ever, from protecting civilians to taking increasingly forceful actions against those that threaten civilians or seek to spoil peace.

Despite the cost effectiveness of UN and regional operations, there is a gap between the expanded set of mission requirements and the capabilities available to meet them. Since GPOI’s founding the operational requirements for UN and regional peacekeepers continues to evolve and expand. Though GPOI has worked bilaterally and multilaterally to address the gaps, it will take additional time and resources to fully meet the demand.

We are constantly working to improve our training efforts to meet the growing requirements. Our GPOI teams are continuously updating their instruction programs based on mission feedback – whether from the partner country’s leadership or from other field reports. We also provide assistance to the UN that will help address poor performance in the field through our support of UN-drafted Military Capability Standards. The UN is in the process of approving the first three sets of training standards for infantry, staff officers and medical detachments. These standards will allow for the measurement of troop performance against a uniform standard.

We are also working with partner nations to institutionalize lessons learned and knowledge gained in operations and training. For too long, peacekeeping operations were disconnected and the knowledge and lessons learned weren’t passed on to others. This was the case especially when it came to training. GPOI is working to remedy this by seeking to enhance the capability of national and regional training centers by providing staff training, technical assistance, material support, and facilities refurbishments. To date, GPOI has supported 43 national and regional peace support operations training centers. This effort helps better enhance the preparedness, effectiveness and interoperability of peacekeeping units. And they also enable us to create a uniform standard from which to measure troop performance.

UN forces also face fairly unique logistical challenges. In some missions, there are multiple participating countries and occasionally chains of command and rules of engagement become uncertain. Furthermore, there are force protection challenges and the difficulty of knowing when peacekeepers should use force. The U.N. and the international community are increasingly required to engage in what is sometimes called “robust peacekeeping.” This means deployed peacekeeping forces are able to adopt a posture that enables them to deter and confront, including through use of force when necessary, an obstruction to the implementation of its mandate – especially the protection of civilians.

However, the plain fact is that UN and regional peacekeepers often lack the necessary tools to adopt such a posture or meet their ambitious mandates. It is clear that the UN and other regional peacekeeping efforts face tremendous capacity challenges, creating a number of gaps which need to be addressed.

One significant challenge for peacekeeping operations is mobility. UN operations often struggle to get where they need to go because of a lack of strategic airlift, utility and tactical helicopters, or high mobility vehicles for infantry. One of the greatest challenges facing UN operations today is the critical shortfall in sufficient number of military helicopters. In an effort to address the shortage of helicopter units, GPOI partnered with New York University’s Center on International Cooperation to conduct an in-depth study and international workshop on this issue. We are now developing an action plan to outline the United States’ strategy for moving forward to address this problem. This is still in its early stages, but we hope to identify tangible ways to support the UN’s efforts to increase its access to helicopter assets.

However, shortfalls remain. Missions often demand strategic planners, engineers, experts in logistics, and civilian specialists. UN forces also frequently lack information-gathering tools that allow them to adequately observe their surroundings. Additionally, police units often lack specialized personnel, including trainers, organizational reform experts, and investigators. GPOI is working to address such shortfalls by training peacekeepers in engineering and logistical skills, to name a few.

We are also working to bolster international support for peacekeeping, particularly in the area of civilian protection. This January the U.S. assumed the year-long Presidency of the G8 and we are hosting the G8 Summit in Chicago in May. As the head of the G8, the U.S. is chairing the G8 Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Experts Group. Today I would like to announce that under the United States chairmanship, the G8 plans to pursue a Protection of Civilians Action Plan. This will be focused on achieving concrete outcomes to improve the ability of peacekeepers to protect civilians on the ground in peacekeeping operations. As part of this effort, the G8 will give special emphasis to child protection and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. Over the last three years, the international community has made tremendous progress on protection of civilians, particularly under the leadership of the United Nations. It is now time to translate this increased consensus into operational reality on the ground.

In closing, UN and regional peacekeeping is a strategic priority for the United States. Our peacekeeping training efforts have played a critical role in building the capacity of countries to prepare peacekeepers deploying to UN and regional peacekeeping missions. Through these efforts, the U.S., with the international community, is helping to save lives and prevent the escalation of conflict. Not only do UN and regional peacekeeping operations help prevent countries and regions from sliding into chaos – but their very presence lessens the likelihood that the U.S. military will be called upon.

In these budget constrained times, when the U.S. government is looking for cost-effective ways to achieve our strategic objectives at home and around the world, there are few better investments than the money we provide to support international peacekeeping efforts. Fundamentally, we provide this assistance not just because it supports our values, but because ultimately these efforts help keep our country more secure.

Thank you very much for having me here today. And I look forward to your questions.

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