U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 20 June 2016

Today’s topics: World Refugee Day /  LGBTI/ Arms Control/ Defense World Refugee Day, June 20 20 June 2016 These celebrities and leaders stand #WithRefugees. Will you join them? What do actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Scarlett Johannson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and supermodel and former refugee Alek Wek have in common? They all are taking part in a U.N. video to show their solidarity to help the ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for 06 June 2016

Today’s topics:   U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED)  / Ramadan /  Russia /  Economy /   Ramadan 05 June 2016 The White House Office of the Press Secretary Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan As another new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world. 05 June 2016 On ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 21 April 2016

Today’s topics: Human Rights /Climate Change/Egypt  Climate Change Apr 20, 2016 Presidents Obama, Xi forge ahead on climate The U.S. and China will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on Earth Day, April 22, the first day that governments are permitted to put their signatures to the landmark accord.The leaders of the world’s two largest economies already are looking ahead: President ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Terrorist Attacks in Belgium March 22, 2016 Press Statement by John Kerry Secretary of State The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels, Belgium Today’s abhorrent attacks in Brussels are an assault against the Belgian people and the very heart of Europe. Our thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and ... Read More»

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»

Afghanistan at ‘Critical Juncture’, Campbell Says

08 October 2015 By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, October 8, 2015 — Afghanistan is at a critical juncture, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told a House panel here today. Afghan forces need to be strengthened in order to meet the myriad challenges they face, ... 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»

Special US Envoy in Iraq for Talks on Islamic State

06 October 2015 VOA News (This article originally appeared on the Voice of America website) The special U.S. envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (Islamic State) is in the Iraqi capital for talks on the coalition’s support of Iraqi-led efforts to degrade and defeat the terrorist group. Retired Marine General John Allen arrived in Baghdad on ... Read More»

United States Announcements at Our Ocean 2015

October 5, 2015 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC At Chile’s 2015 Our Ocean conference, the United States committed to a series of concrete actions to protect precious ocean areas and marine resources, continuing last year’s momentum. •    The United States is moving to protect waters of historic and national importance by initiating the creation of ... Read More»

Remarks at the Opening of the 2015 Our Ocean Conference

Remarks at the Opening of the 2015 Our Ocean Conference October 5, 2015 Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Valparaiso, Chile Thank you very much and good morning to all of you, and let me begin by thanking our very, very generous hosts.  President Michelle Bachelet, thank you very much, and my colleague and friend, ... Read More»

On the move: Diasporas connect the world

6 October 2015 If the world’s migrants themselves constituted one nation, they would be the fifth largest at more than 232 million. With ties to both their homelands and their new countries, they are a force for global development, cultural understanding and innovation. From October 11 to 17, the State Department is marking Global Diaspora Week to highlight ... Read More»
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