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Statement by White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Burma

31 January, 2021 | News, Policy

We continue to affirm our strong support for Burma’s democratic institutions and, in coordination with our regional partners, urge the military and all other parties to adhere to democratic norms and the rule of law, and to release those detained today.

Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab

27 January, 2021 | News, Policy, U.S. & United Kingdom

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Secretary Raab reaffirmed the special relationship between the United States and the UK. Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 27, 2021   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary of ...

Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

21 January, 2021 | News, Policy, President of the United States, Speeches, Vice President of the United States

This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve.   The United States Capitol January 20, 2021 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s ...
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The Inauguration of the President

1 December, 2020 | Policy

The inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took place on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 and was the fifty-ninth Presidential Inauguration. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Related Websites Images from the Biden-Harris inauguration 59th Presidential Inauguration on Senate.gov Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution of the United States  of America White House  website (whitehouse.gov) ...

State Department releases 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

26 June, 2020 | Human Rights, News, Policy

Now in it’s 20th year,  the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement ...
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Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad, April 06, 2020

6 April, 2020 | News, Policy, Science & Tech

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. WILLIAM WALTERS ...
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Political polling 101

6 February, 2020 | News, Policy

Politicians, media and research groups spend scads of money each election to poll the public about whom they will vote for. Despite all the money and technology used, sometimes the results are a surprise.
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Member of “The Dark Overlord” Hacking Group Extradited From United Kingdom to Face Charges in St. Lo

18 December, 2019 | Policy, Press Releases, U.S. & United Kingdom

A United Kingdom national appeared today in federal court on charges of aggravated identity theft, threatening to damage a protected computer, and conspiring to commit those and other computer fraud offenses, related to his role in a computer hacking collective known as “The Dark Overlord,” which targeted victims in the St. Louis, Missouri, area beginning ...

What does a U.S. representative to the U.N. do?

19 September, 2019 | News, Policy

Ambassador Kelly Craft presented her credentials to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on September 12 as the new U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, popularly known as “the U.N. ambassador.”

Get smart: Core vs. edge in 5G networks

18 September, 2019 | Policy, Science & Tech

Fifth-generation wireless technology, commonly referred to as 5G, will be a faster version of the current 4G network capabilities. For a device like a smartphone or a laptop, this means higher bandwidth to stream videos and send files more quickly.
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The importance of the South China Sea

12 July, 2019 | East Asia & Pacific, Policy

The South China Sea is one of the most important economic and environmental regions in the world. The region also is the subject of more than a dozen overlapping and interconnected disputes over who is in charge of the various islands, rocks, shoals and reefs scattered throughout the South China Sea waters.

Why is America concerned about 5G?

4 June, 2019 | Policy, Science & Tech

Next year, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology will begin to form the backbone of future economies and public services. Unfortunately, the new infrastructure needed to support 5G can subject countries to threats to their national security.
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Department of State Submits 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

28 March, 2019 | News, Policy

The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2019 edition of the annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress today. This two-volume, Congressionally-mandated report assesses foreign governments’ efforts to reduce illicit drug production, trafficking and use, as well as their work to counter drug trafficking-related money laundering. 
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Get to know the 116th Congress

8 February, 2019 | News, Policy

In four graphics, learn more about the 116th Congress, the legislative branch of the federal government, composed of the Senate, made up of 100 members, and the House of Representatives, which consists of 435 members.
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The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

5 February, 2019 | Policy

Frequently Asked Questions What is the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF)? An arms control agreement signed in 1987 between the United States and the Soviet Union to eliminate all nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 500–5,500 km. Germany and other European Allies were critically important to encouraging both the United States and the USSR ...
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To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016

17 November, 2016 | Policy

State Department releases 2016 issue of “To Walk the Earth in Safety” report, documenting the United States commitment to conventional weapons destruction. Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC 17 November 2016 “Since 1993, the United States has provided more than $2.6 billion in assistance in more than 95 countries for CWD programs, delivering the expertise and ...
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Carter Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women

3 December, 2015 | News, Policy

By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able ...
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Co-Chairs’ Fact Sheet: About the Global Counterterrorism Forum

1 December, 2015 | Policy, Western Hemisphere

02 April 2014 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 2, 2014 Below is the text of the fact sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum on April 2, 2014. Begin text: The GCTF is an informal, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that focuses on identifying ...
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On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

27 November, 2015 | Exclude, News, Policy

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 ...
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Key Forms of Intellectual Property Protection

18 November, 2015 | Policy

(This is adapted from an article by Thomas G. Field Jr. that appeared in the U.S. Department of State publication Focus on Intellectual Property Rights .) Intellectual property is a valuable asset for an entrepreneur. It consists of inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, images, names, designs used in commerce and original expressions of creative individuals. The key forms of ...
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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

18 November, 2015 | Policy

(The following article is taken from the U.S. Department of State publication, Focus on Intellectual Property Rights.) Why Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Matters By E. Anthony Wayne Intellectual property issues are getting more and more attention these days. Unfortunately, far too often the issues are framed in such a way as to highlight controversy and ...
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U.S.-aided Syrian Forces Complete Successful Anti-ISIL Military Actions

5 November, 2015 | Policy

November 4, 2015 By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity  WASHINGTON, November 4, 2015 — Two successful military actions this week in Syria against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant show that U.S. efforts to train and supply friendly Syrian forces are paying off, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today. Army ...
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Statement by Members of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

5 November, 2015 | Policy

November 4, 2015 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   The Small Group of the Global Coalition to counter ISIL met today in Brussels at the invitation of the Belgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, to take stock of recent developments on the ground, continue expanding Coalition efforts ...

Fact Sheet: To Walk the Earth in Safety 2015

2 November, 2015 | Policy

Fact Sheet To Walk the Earth in Safety 2015: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC   The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of efforts to address humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries and to reduce the availability ...
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US Navy Sends Destroyer to Challenge China Sea Claim

27 October, 2015 | Policy

n what is seen as the most significant challenge yet to territorial limits Beijing asserts around its man-made islands, a U.S. guided missile destroyer Tuesday sailed within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of a reef in the disputed Spratly archipelago. The USS Lassen approached Subi reef, occupied by China and also claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam ...
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Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel to Travel to the Un

23 October, 2015 | Policy, Public Affairs, U.S. & United Kingdom

Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 23, 2015 Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to London, United Kingdom, October 27-29, for a meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition Communications Working Group. He will co-chair discussions with government officials and technology partners to strengthen collaboration in ...
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Africa: Decisive Moment for Democracy

7 October, 2015 | Policy

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 ...
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State Dept. Facts on U.S., China Protecting, Conserving the Ocean

24 June, 2015 | Exclude, Policy

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. FACT SHEET The United States and China: Protecting and Conserving the Ocean “China and the United States – the two largest economies in the world, two of the top fishing nations in the world, and two of the global leaders in ocean science – have ...
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United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan

20 June, 2015 | Policy

20 June 2014 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States has long been a leader in maritime security. Since 2009, the United States pioneered the international effort to counter pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia, with dramatic results. In the spirit of this leadership, the United States has completed a ...
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Carter Urges Peaceful Resolution of South China Sea Disputes

27 May, 2015 | Exclude, Policy

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The United States will continue to remain the principal security power in the Pacific region for decades to come, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Hawaii today. The secretary also urged countries to work toward a peaceful resolution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea ...
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HSI-led probe leads to arrest of 2 UK men allegedly linked to pre-release leak of The Expendables 3

1 December, 2014 | Policy, Press Releases, U.S. & United Kingdom

LONDON – Two men from northern England have been arrested by authorities in the United Kingdom after a probe initiated by Los Angeles-based special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) linked the pair to the pre-release leak earlier this year of The Expendables 3. The suspects, a 36-year-old man ...

Targeted Operations Against ISIL

15 August, 2014 | Policy

  The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. For details see the Department of Defense Targeted Operations Against ISIL .
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U.S. Embassy Media Note: CBRN Security Assistance for Ukraine

30 June, 2014 | Exclude, Policy

On June 30, the United States and Canada hosted a “Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Radiological (CBRN) Security Assistance” meeting at the High Commission of Canada in London to discuss Ukraine’s existing CBRN assistance needs. Several members of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (Global Partnership), including Ukraine, other ...
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State Dept Fact Sheet : Terrorism Designations FAQs

10 July, 2012 | Policy

State Dept Fact Sheet : Terrorism Designations FAQs 10 July 2012 1. What are the different types of terrorism designations for groups and individuals? There are two main authorities for terrorism designations of groups and individuals. Groups can be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under Executive Order 13224 a ...
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US-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

29 November, 2011 | Policy

The U.S. is currently working with Her Majesty’s Government to finalize the Management Plan for the Treaty and all other outstanding issues.  Treaty testing (“Pathfinder” projects) is complete, but a few outstanding issues remain and are now being addressed, including how compliance and enforcement matters will be handled under the Treaty and how the Approved ...
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Treasury Fact Sheet on Combating Terrorist Financing

8 September, 2011 | Policy

08 September 2011 U.S. Department of the Treasury Fact Sheet   Combating the Financing of Terrorism, Disrupting Terrorism at its Core Terrorist organizations rely on financing and support networks to sustain operations and launch attacks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) has developed a sophisticated and comprehensive approach ...
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