The Role of Political Parties

When the Founders of the American Republic drafted and ratified the U.S. Constitution, they did not envision a role for political parties. Indeed, they sought through various constitutional arrangements — such as separation of powers among the executive, legislatifffve and judicial branches; federalism; and indirect election of the president by an Electoral College (see below) ... Read More»

Myths and Facts: Resettling Syrian Refugees

November 25, 2015 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   Myth: All Syrian refugees are dangerous. Fact: 2,234 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States since October 1, 2010 (the beginning of fiscal year 2011), and only after the most extensive level of security screening of any category of traveler to ... Read More»

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC 25 November 2015 Today we celebrate the many stories of courageous and bold action to end gender-based violence— the nuns helping people escape sex trafficking, the men in Argentina teaching boys in football clubs to treat women with respect, the businesswomen in Detroit raising money to ... Read More»

Africa: Decisive Moment for Democracy

Africa: Decisive Moment for Democracy 06 October 2015 Secretary of State John Kerry Last May, I shared in an extraordinary moment. I had the privilege, together with many leaders from across Africa, of bearing witness to the first peaceful, democratic transition of power between two parties in Nigeria. I traveled to Lagos earlier this year ... Read More»
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