Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on the Attack in London

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement By U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson March 22, 2017 On the Attack in London On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of

State Department on the Passing of Northern Ireland’s Martin McGuiness

State Department on the Passing of Northern Ireland’s Martin McGuiness 21 March 2017   “First, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Martin McGuiness. As deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, McGuiness worked to make the power sharing in government a cornerstone of consolidating peace and building prosperity in the region. In making difficult decisions to move away

Statement by the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Travel to Brussels and NATO Meetings

Statement by the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Travel to Brussels and NATO Meetings THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 21, 2017   President Donald J. Trump will travel to Brussels, Belgium, for the May 25, 2017, meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Heads of State and Government. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the

President Trump and Prime Minister May’s Opening Remarks

The special relationship between our two countries has been one of the great forces in history for justice and for peace.  And, by the way, my mother was born in Scotland — Stornoway — which is serious Scotland. The White House Office of the Press Secretary 27 January 2017 Original source: Whitehouse.gov President Donald J. Trump: “Thank you very much. 

Resources on Combating Naval Piracy

This page was last updated: 20 January 2017   Reports, Organizations, Treaties, Law, Articles and Resolutions on Piracy Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, March 10, 1988 International Maritime Bureau International Maritime Organization Options for Combating Piracy in Somalia. Washington: Heritage Foundation, April 15, 2009 U.N. Security Council Resolution 1851 and Resolution 1846 U.S. Code. Criminal Resource

U.S. Government Statement on Northern Ireland

U.S. Government Statement on Northern Ireland 17 January 2017   The United States’ remains committed to supporting a more peaceful and prosperous Northern Ireland.  To this end, we urge all political parties to focus on quickly finding a way forward to the resumption of stable devolved governance.  We also encourage civil society leaders to continue their vital work building a

The Presidential Inauguration, Senate Confirmations

News 12 January 2017 What you didn’t know about Senate confirmations  Several of President-elect Trump’s nominees for top Cabinet posts are in the spotlight as the Senate has started holding confirmation hearings in advance of the January 20 presidential inauguration. Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, for example, appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 11 and

The Inauguration of the President

The inauguration of the President will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 and will be the fifty-eighth Presidential Inauguration. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website. Related Websites 58th Presidential Inauguration on Senate.gov Inauguration 2017 on USA.gov Presidential Inaugurations, a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution

To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016

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 equipment to secure and destroy

U.S. Policy Update for 26 August, 2016

Today’s topics: Italian Earthquake, Middle East, Afghanistan, Colombia, Stem Italian Earthquake 24 August 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Call With Italian Foreign Minister Gentiloni  Secretary Kerry offered his condolences today to Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni for the loss of life and devastation caused by today’s earthquake. He made clear the American people stand with Italians in this difficult time and offered

U.S. Policy Update – 22, August 2016

Today’s topics: Olympics, Terrorism, Syria, Human Rights, NASA. Olympics 08 August 2016 Carrying the Torch for Gender Equality  For the first time in the history of the Olympics, approximately 45 percent of the athletes are female. Competing in everything from tennis to rugby, these women are representing over 200 countries in which the experiences of women and girls are vastly

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Today’s topics:  U.S. Women at the Olympics /  Blue energy / U.S. Army ‘Mad Scientist’ program / China human rights / Helping Libya against ISIL U.S. Women at the Olympics 10 August 2016 U.S. women a major force at the Olympics For the second straight Olympics, women athletes outnumber men on the U.S. Olympic team, 292 to 262. In fact,

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 08 August 2016

Today’s topics: Immigrant voters in the U.S. elections / Rio Olympics / Rising temperatures around the Globe / ISIL losing, shifting strategy Rio Olympics 05 August 2016 Kerry’s Meeting With Olympic Athletes From Team USA  But my message to you on behalf of President Obama and I think all of the American people are that there’s so much more to

Secretary Kerry on London Attack

Secretary Kerry’s remarks on the stabbings in London at a press conference with Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in Buenos Aires on August 8, 2016. – U.S. Department of State: “Before I say more, I do want to express my condolences and the condolences of the American people to those impacted by the horrific mass stabbing in London yesterday. We grieve

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 03 August 2016

Today’s topics:  Happy birthday State Department / Past Olympians / Murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet / North Korean missile launch / Anti-ISIL Efforts in Libya and Iraq Sporting Greats of Past Olympics 02 August 2016 U.S. Olympic standouts: A look back in photos    As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro bring us new heroes from around the world,

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Scotland holiday closure / Free State of Jones / Millennial voting / Gymnastics at Rio Olympics / Munich attack / Restoring vision /  DoD on Counter-ISIL Efforts Scotland Holiday The U.S. Consulate-General in Edinburgh, Scotland, will be CLOSED on Monday, 01 August 2016 for the Scottish Summer Bank Holiday. The Consulate will re-open the next business day, on Tuesday

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 22 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Conclusion of counter-ISIL Ministerial / U.S. Election conventions / Olympics: blind long-jump & rowing / Counter-ISIL Ministerial 21 July 2016 Joint Statement by Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Expanded Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL / Daesh    The Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Counter-ISIL (Da’esh) Coalition Small Group, Military Coalition and members

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

Today’s topics: Cuba update / Turkey / Solar power / Telehealth / Carter on counter-ISIL fight Cuba 1 Year On 20 July 2016 A year of strengthening Cuba-U.S. ties  Though separated by just 140 kilometers of water, the United States and Cuba have endured strained relations for more than half a century. In 2015, the two countries began to chart a

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Today’s topics: Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson / Iraq Pledging / Anti-ISIL update / U.S. Elections FAQs Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson   Secretary Kerry traveled to London, 18–19 July where he attended multilateral meetings on Yemen and Syria.  He also met with U.K Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street (photos on Flickr)

Secretary Kerry’s Joint Press Availability With U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, United Kingdom July 19, 2016   FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to the Lacarno Room and a particularly warm welcome to U.S. Secretary John Kerry. We’re delighted to have this early opportunity to welcome the Secretary of State to London and for a key meeting with our

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 18 July 2016

Today’s topics: Turkey/Russia/ Africa / U.S. Elections/Olympics Turkey 16 July 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu The Secretary reiterated U.S. support for the democratically elected government in Turkey, for the rule of law and for the need for authorities to take all necessary precautions to safeguard civilian life and property as they respond to this attempted

Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 14, 2016   On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those

Readout of the President’s Call With Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

The White House Office of the Press Secretary July 14, 2016   The President spoke by phone today with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May to congratulate her on her new office. President Obama emphasized that the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom remains strong and will endure and that he looks forward to

Secretary Kerry’s Call with United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Johnson

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 14, 2016   The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry spoke by telephone today with newly appointed U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to offer his congratulations. The Secretary and Foreign Secretary Johnson agreed that the U.S.-U.K. special relationship is as essential as ever, and they pledged to work closely

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Iraq Campaign update / South China sea territorial claims / THAAD  deployment in South Korea / NATO Warsaw summit /   NATO Summit Summary 09 July 2016 Landmark NATO Summit in Warsaw draws to a close  NATO’s Summit in Warsaw concluded on Saturday (9 July 2016), following two days of decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence,

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 11 July 2016

Today’s topics: Farnborough International Airshow  / Treasury’s Lew travel to UK / South China Sea / Open Disclosure Law changes Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) The Farnborough International Airshow 2016 is a biennial international trade fair for the aerospace industry to demonstrate both civilian and military aircraft to potential customers and investors.  The show was first established in 1948 as a

Personal Representative Gary Hart Travel to Belfast

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 5, 2016   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Personal Representative, former Senator Gary Hart, will travel to Belfast, U.K., July 6-7, to encourage continued and full implementation of the December 2014 Stormont House and November 2015 Fresh Start Agreements. During his visit to Belfast, Personal Representative Hart will meet with

State Department release 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

“If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate that

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Today’s topics: SelectUSA 2016 / North Korean Missile test / Iraq – new humanitarian aid / Jordan terror attack / Zion national park SelectUSA2016 21 June 2016 Kerry’s Remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit The better able we are to provide economic opportunity for young people, the less likely it is that they’re going to fall into the trap of violent

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Today’s topics:  SelectUSA 2016 summit / Kerry with Angelina Jolie Pitt on refugees / Alert for possible N. Korea missile launch / Silicon Valley / Security networks SelectUSA2016 This years’ SelectUSA summit will be held in Washington D.C., on 19-21 June 2016.  This Summit is the highest-profile event promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. 20 June 2016

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

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Condolences for Orlando Shootings / The meaning of LGBTI / Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Prepcom / Ukraine energy diversification /   Condolences for Orlando Shootings The U.S. Embassy joins all those worldwide in expressing their condolences to the families and victims of the horrific Orlando shootings. If you would like to leave a message of condolence you

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 13 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Orlando shootings / Automated passport control at U.S. airports / upcoming U.S. Supreme Court rulings / DoD’s “Force of the Future”   Orlando Shootings (Updated 14 June 2016)     Condolence message from TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall 14 June 2016                         13

U.S. Policy Update for Friday 10 June , 2016

Today’s topics:    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II / LGBT/ Muhammad Ali Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 9 June 2016 On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Secretary John Kerry:  On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer our best wishes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all the people

U.S. Policy Update for 9 June ,2016

Today’s topics:     Terrorism/ World Oceans Day/Fishackathon/China/Russia/LGBTI Terrorism 08 June 2016 Terrorist Attack in Tel Aviv  Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson The United States condemns today’s horrific terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in the strongest possible terms. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for

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

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 03 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 / US-EU eHealth project / DoD’s carter to Shangri-La conference / Clean Energy Ministerial / New Foreign Relations books digitized /   Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 The Country Reports on Terrorism are submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which requires the Department of State

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Today’s topics:     NATO’s Warsaw summit  / Announcing third “Our Ocean” conference / Preview of Strategic&Economic Dialogue with China / Asia Security Summit   NATO 31 May 2016  NATO Secretary General previews Warsaw Summit in speech at Warsaw University   At the Warsaw Summit, the Alliance will also seek a new level of cooperation with its partners, especially the European

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Memorial Day / Failed North Korea missile  launch / UN Peacekeepers / Life in Fallujah under ISIL   Memorial Day Holiday 30 May 2016 Remarks by President Obama on Memorial Day, 2016 28 May 2016 President Obama’s Weekly Address: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 27 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Embassy  & Consulate Closure /  Memorial Day / G7 in Japan /  DoD Budget Uncertainty   Embassy & Consulate Holiday Closure The U.S. Embassy in London, and our our Consulates-General in  Belfast and in Edinburgh will be CLOSED on Monday, 30 May 2016 for the U.S. Memorial Day / UK Spring  Bank holidays. In an emergency involving a U.S. citizen in England or

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 26 May 2016

Today’s topics:    Return of Nadiya Savchenko / Silk as a Biodegradable plastic /  DoD HQ Restructuring / New  terrorist designations / Countering Violent Extremism /   Nadiya Savchenko 26 May 2016 Analyst: Savchenko Release Shows Russia Wants Negotiations (VOA News)  Russia’s release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, exchanged for two Russian servicemen, was welcomed by rights groups and supporters. They maintain

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Vietnam /  Hiroshima / World Humanitarian Summit / Vietnam 24 May 2016 Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam President Obama: Xin chào!  (Applause.)  Xin chào Vietnam!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Today’s topics:    Combating Wildlife trafficking in Vietnam / Criminal Justice Reform / DoD, NATO on death of Mullah Mansur / Antiquities trade   Stoppping Illegal Trade in Antiquities 24 May 2016 Stopping the Black Market in Antiquities    Terrorists in Syria don’t just take sledgehammers to ancient temples and sculptures at cultural heritage sites they have overrun: They sell

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 23 May 2016

Today’s topics:  Death of Taliban leader / Obama in Vietnam / China / Turkey’s constitutional amendment / Ukraine battles financial crime / Russian oppression / Satellite tech in climate research   White House on Death of Taliban Leader 23 May 2016 Statement by the President on the Death of Taliban Leader Mansur Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 20 May 2016

Today’s topics:     NATO / ISIL / Egypt Air crash /  POTUS /   Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels, Belgium. 19 May 2016 Press availability at NATO Headquarters SECRETARY KERRY: “Good afternoon, everybody. I’m personally very pleased to be back in Brussels, which I have come to understand, as many people in the world have, is a city of

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 19 May 2016

Today’s topics: / Security / Iraq / Cyber War / Christopher Columbus /  Ukraine / Security 18 May 2016 Background Briefing on the U.S. Government’s Comprehensive Approach to Atrocity Prevention and Response  It was about four years ago, a little more than four years ago, when President Obama announced that preventing mass atrocities was a national security priority of the

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Vienna Syria conference / DoD’s Carter on Defense Department Budget / Counterterrorism FY2017 request / International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)  / Illegal Fishing /   Syria Conference in Vienna 17 May 2016  Secretary Kerry’s Joint Press Availability With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura “Now, let me underscore to everybody,

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Libya Ministerial / Syrian update / Oregon / DoD on Asia-Pacific & Counter-ISIL / Iraq offensive against ISIL / Memorial Day weekend   Libya 16 May 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Libya Ministerial, Vienna, Austria  “As the communique that we produced earlier makes clear, it is imperative to put the international community’s full weight behind the

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 12 May 2016

Today’s topics: Secretary Kerry in London / Anti-Corruption Summit / Anti-Corruption Summit 12 May 2016   12 May 2016 John Kerry Secretary of State Remarks at Anti-Corruption Summit Plenary in London  People are angry and the anger is going to grow unless we shut the doors and try to prove to people there’s a fairness that can be established in

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Secretary Kerry arrives in London / Solar plane / South China Sea standoff / Invictus Games Help Heal Invisible Wounds / NATO / Non-Proliferation Secretary Kerry’s London Trip, 10-12 May 2016 11 May 2016  Kerry to Face Questions at Anti-Corruption Summit U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may be gently scolded Thursday when he attends an anti-corruption summit

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 09 May 2016

Today’s topics:     UK School visits / Stonewall uprising & LGBT rights / New EUCOM commander / U.S. and Europe / Kerry’s Upcoming London trip / Obama on the economy   UK School Visits 09 May 2016 School Talks on the U.S.    Deb MacLean, a Press Officer of the U.S. Embassy in London, visited several UK schools over the past

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 29 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Embassy Closure /  Airstrike on hospital in Syria / Vietnam War symposium / Malaria / Holocaust museum   UK Bank Holiday Closures The U.S. Embassy in London and our Consulates General Belfast and Edinburgh, will be closed, on Monday, 2nd May 2016, for the UK Bank holiday.  Offices will re-open  on Tuesday, 3rd May. U.S. citizens requiring

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 28 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Jazz / 2016 Olympics / Climate Change / ISIL / POTUS travels   Jazz 27 April 2016 The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats  Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Today’s topics:    U.S. Elections / White House news / Climate change Capacity-Building Initiative / U.S. $20 bill / DoD’s Dunford on countering Extremism   U.S. Elections 26 April 2016  The rise of the independent voter    The United States has two major political parties: Democratic and Republican. Ask an American voter which one she or he sides with, and the most

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Today’s topics:    Obama on Europe /  White House Science Fair / 30th Anniversary of Chornobyl /  National Parks / Brussels metro re-opens / Murder of USAID employee / N. Korea / Syria   Brussels Metro 25 April 2016 Brussels Metro Reopens as City Reaches for Normal     Commuters poured out of the newly reopened Brussels Maelbeek metro station Monday, in a fresh

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 25 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama-Cameron press conference / Paris Climate Change Agreement / State Dept news / South Sudan peace process / DoD News   President Obama in London 22 April 2016 Remarks by the President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron in Joint Press Conference: We are so bound together that nothing is going to impact the emotional and cultural and

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

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Saudi Arabia / NATO-Russia meetings /  Iran / Kabul terror attack / Foreign Aid factsheet / White House press brief   Kabul Terror Attack 19 April 2016  State’s Kirby On the Suicide Attack in Kabul  “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the attack today in Kabul that killed dozens of Afghans and wounded many more.

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama’s London trip / Boston Marathon / British Defense Procurement Minister visits U.S. / Kansas /  State Dept travel   President Obama’s London Trip 19 April 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the United Kingdom   As part of the President’s upcoming travel to the United Kingdom, First Lady Michelle Obama will join

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 18 April2016

Today’s topics:    Obama’s London trip /  Kerry’s call with Russia’s Lavrov / North Korea nuclear tests / Japan Earthquake / AS Thomas-Greenfield London travel   President Obama’s London Trip 14 April 2016 Press Briefing Previewing the President’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Germany   The President will be meeting with some of our key allies and partners in

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 15 April 2016

Today’s topics:    President Obama’s London trip / Foreign Aid / Anti-ISIL efforts /  Zika virus /  new VOA Director   President Obama’s London Trip 16 March 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom  “The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 14 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Human Rights Reports 2015 / Russian planes in Baltic  /  Manatees / Obama on fight against ISIL / Oregon cuts CO2   Human Rights Report 2015 13 April 2016  2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices     Secretary Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Today’s topics: Washington D.C.  / Blinken on WMD / White house press brief including London trip / Kerry at Pacific Council   White House News 12 April 2016 Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 4/12/2016 ( London trip, Panama Papers, Brexit, Brazil’s President Rousseff, IMF and economy): “Well, we’ll obviously have more to say about this later in the

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Today’s Topics: Hiroshima / G7/South Sudan / Djibouti G7 11 April 2016 Press Availability for G7, John Kerry, Secretary of State, Hiroshima, Japan Good afternoon, everybody. Konnichiwa. I am very privileged to be here, and I want to thank Foreign Minister Kishida and the Government of Japan for hosting us here in Hiroshima for the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 11 April 2016

Today’s Topics: Afghanistan / Iraq /Oregon/ Afghanistan 09 April 2016 Joint Press Availability With Afghanistan President Ghani   PRESIDENT GHANI: (Via interpreter) The entirely merciful, especially merciful, honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, and respective delegation with you, most welcome to Afghanistan. Distinguished members of cabinet, respective brother and sisters, most welcome to Afghanistan. Honorable Mr. Kerry, it’s 14 years

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 08 April 2016

Today’s Topics:  Student Visa webchat / West Virginia /Middle East/State Dept. travel/  Middle East 07 April 2016 Secretary Kerry Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir SECRETARY KERRY:  – I want to thank him [Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeie] very much for arranging this meeting of the GCC and convening everybody. And obviously, I also want to thank the Secretary

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 07 April 2016

Todays topics:  NATO / DoD:  New class of Sea Vessel, Obama meeting / State Dept. travel / Texas / Russia and Panama Papers / Startups webchat Texas 06 April 2016 Texas: The Alamo, Mission Control and oil gushers   Everything is bigger in Texas, or so Texans like to say.    The Lone Star State actually is second in size to Alaska and

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 06 April 2016

FY2017 Budget amendments / DoD’s Goldwater-Nichols Act / U.S. Elections / SelectUSA 2016 /  New Energy Finance / U.S. Cyber Command / Anti-ISIL efforts / Obama-Stoltenberg on NATO / Hawaii   U.S. States – Hawaii 05 April 2016  Hawaii: Pearl Harbor, the perfect wave and volcanoes  Hawaii is America’s tropical paradise, a favorite destination for honeymooners, surfers, golfers and hikers.   This

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 05 April 2016

Today’s topics:  Mine clearance / Kerry-Mogherini meet / Wisconsin / The Malaria Hunter / DoD Airstrikes on al-Qaida / Obama and NATO’s Stoltenberg / General Austin on Centcomm U.S. States – Wisconsin Wisconsin: Architecture, air shows and folk art Wisconsin, a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region, has a diverse landscape of forests, farms and lakefront beaches. Outdoor recreation

U.S. Policy Update for Friday,01 April 2016

The 2016 Summit (31 March – 01 April ) brings together more than 50 countries and international organizations to continue discussions on the evolving threat and highlight steps that can be taken together to deter, detect, and disrupt attempts at nuclear terrorism.   2016 Nuclear Security Summit The 2016 Summit website is at NSS2016.org 31 March 2016 United States National

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 31 March 2016

Nuclear Security Summit 30 March  2016 White House Press Call Previewing the Nuclear Security Summit  “In this summit schedule, which I will address in a little bit, we deal, in addition to nuclear security and nuclear energy, with our ongoing efforts to promotes nonproliferation, specifically a number of meetings that will focus on our efforts to promote denuclearization on the

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Two recent independent reports paint a bleak picture of Internet freedom in Russia.   Freedom House, which monitors Internet freedom in 65 countries, for the first time ranked Russia as “not free,” the lowest of three possible rankings.   Russia’s Internet Freedom 29 March 2016 Russia’s internet freedom is shrinking   Two recent independent reports paint a bleak picture of Internet freedom

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 24 March 2016

Secretary Kerry’s travel to Brussels on March 25, 2016 Secretary Kerry will travel to Brussels, Belgium, on Friday to formally express the condolences of the United States for the loss of life in yesterday’s terrorist attacks, and to meet with Belgian and European Union officials. He will reiterate the strong support of the United States for Belgian efforts to both

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 the loved ones of those

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Cuba 21 March 2016  Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba in a Joint Press Conference   ” I bring with me the greetings and the friendship of the American people.  In fact, I’m joined on this trip by nearly 40 members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans.  This is the largest such delegation of my presidency, and

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 18 March 2016

President Obama on Appointment of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court   16 March 2016 Remarks by the President in Conference Call with Stakeholders  “As you now know, I nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit to serve as the next associate justice on the Supreme Court.  This is not a decision I ever take lightly.  I’ve

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 17 March 2016

President Obama / Supreme Court Nomination 16 March 2016  Remarks by the President Announcing Judge Merrick Garland as his Nominee to the Supreme Court  THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Of the many powers and responsibilities that the Constitution vests in the presidency, few are more consequential than appointing a Supreme Court justice — particularly one to

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 16 March 2016

President Obama / United Kingdom 16 March 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom  The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for a private lunch.  He also will be hosted by Prime

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Russia 14 March  2016  Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia   President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss progress on the implementation of the nationwide Cessation of Hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other. They discussed President

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 11 March 2016

    Europe/Russia 10 March 2016 Designation Under Russia’s “Undesirables” Law of the National Democratic Institute We are deeply troubled by the Russian Government’s decision to designate the National Democratic Institute (NDI) as a so-called “undesirable” foreign organization. We reject the notion that NDI and other international civil society organizations are a threat to Russia. NDI promotes openness and accountability

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 09 March 2016

Ukraine 07 March 2016 Continued Detention of Nadiya Savchenko   In the 20 months since [Ukrainian pilot and Rada Deputy Nadiya Savchenko,] was captured in eastern Ukraine and taken to Russia, Ms. Savchenko has reportedly endured interrogations, solitary confinement, and forced “psychiatric evaluation.” Her trial and continuing imprisonment demonstrate disregard for international standards, as well as for Russia’s commitments under the

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 08 March 2016

      Launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference, Fishackathon was established to bring together volunteer coders to create tools to address challenges in sustainable fishing around the world.   Kicking off Earth Day 2016, the U.S. Department of State will hold the third annual Fishackathon from April 22-24. Volunteer coders, technologists, and designers will spend a weekend

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 07 March 2016

70 Years of the Special Relationship To help celebrate 70 years of the Special Relationship, “Lady Liberty” and “Uncle Sam” hand out cupcakes. What better place to do so than the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill bronze statues, sitting on a bench in Mayfair, London!   You can view them and some friends on our Flickr photostream!   Or see #specialrelationship

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 03 March 2016

North Korea 02 March 2016 United States Sanctions Entities and Individuals Linked to North Korean Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs (state.gov)   The United States welcomes the unanimous adoption today of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2270. North Korea’s nuclear and missile proliferation activities violate multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, destabilize the region, and undermine the global nonproliferation regime. The

Special Representative O’Brien Travel to Northern Ireland

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O’Brien, in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland, will lead a delegation of U.S. investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and representatives from academia to Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland from February 29 – March 4, 2016. The purpose of the delegation will be to bring together representatives in Northern Ireland and

Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Secretary Kerry met in London this morning with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. The two ministers discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and the progress being made in Geneva by UN task forces — one to develop the modalities of a cessation of hostilities and the other to ensure the sustained and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance to besieged areas.

Fact Sheet: One-Year Anniversary of the President’s Policy of Engagement with Cuba

The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 17, 2015, marks one year since President Obama announced an historic opening between the United States and Cuba, ending a failed policy of isolation, and announcing steps to empower the Cuban people, normalize relations with the Cuban government, and more effectively support U.S. interests in Cuba. Our new approach involves the

Carter: U.K. Will Help Bring About ISIL Defeat

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity, December 11, 2015 The United Kingdom is a strong partner in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and will help bring about the eventual defeat of the terror network, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today. Carter spoke at the Pentagon in a joint press appearance with British

The Special Relationship can help us to save the planet

We need a lightbulb moment on climate change. I do not mean a sudden realisation that something must be done. President Obama is clear that the Paris summit already demonstrates a sense of urgency about the need to protect our planet. I mean instead we should draw our inspiration for action from our shared history, as illuminated by the story

DoD Confirms U.S. Strikes Killed Senior Terrorist Operatives

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The Defense Department has confirmed the deaths of senior terrorist leaders in Libya and Somalia from recent U.S. airstrikes, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement today. Cook said a Nov. 13 U.S. airstrike in Libya killed Iraqi national Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al

DoD’s Dunford Says U.S., Coalition Must Put Continuous Pressure on ISIL

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has grown since 2014, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today, and it is important that the United States and coalition partners continue to put pressure on the terror organization across all domains and with every facet of government. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. is on

Carter Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women

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 to contribute to the Defense

Statement in Response to July 25 Sunday Times Article on the Release of Al-Megrahi

U.S. Embassy London Press Office Statement in Response to July 25 Sunday Times Article on the Release of Al-Megrahi   The United States strongly and consistently opposed in all its exchanges with Scottish and British officials the release or transfer under any scenario of convicted PanAm 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi. The August 12, 2009 letter to Scottish First Minister Alex

Co-Chairs’ Fact Sheet: About the Global Counterterrorism Forum

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 critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing

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 the United States. None have

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 test rape kits, and the

US Official: Iran Nuclear Deal Going Forward

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser said Tuesday that despite the best efforts of opponents to “demonize” the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. is moving forward with the agreement.  “We are going to implement the deal,” Colin Kahl told VOA’s Persian service.  “If Iran complies with its side of the bargain, we will comply with ours and I

Key Forms of Intellectual Property Protection

(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 intellectual

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

(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 polarize debate. In fact, there

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Before Their Meeting

 “We’re very grateful to our partners from the United Kingdom for their support and efforts on the Iran nuclear agreement. It was a multilateral agreement. The P5+1 permanent members of the United Nations worked extremely effectively together.  … And so we applaud the decision by the United Kingdom to put its defense spending at the level of 2 percent required

U.S.-aided Syrian Forces Complete Successful Anti-ISIL Military Actions

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 Col. Steve Warren briefed Pentagon

Statement by Members of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

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 to degrade and defeat ISIL,

Fact Sheet: To Walk the Earth in Safety 2015

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 of excess, loosely-secured, or otherwise

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you all very, very much. Bill, thanks so much for welcoming me to your new home, but thank you for remarkably generous comments. I’m very, really touched to hear them from somebody of Bill’s caliber, because as all of you know, he really was the State Department’s premier career diplomat par excellence

US Navy Sends Destroyer to Challenge China Sea Claim

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 and the Philippines. The Lassen,

DoD’s Carter: ISIL Prison Raid Saved Lives, Bagged Intelligence Info

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Secretary Ash Carter today said he made the decision that U.S. Special Forces would assist Iraqi peshmerga partners in yesterday’s raid on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prison in Iraq to rescue 70 hostages after intelligence indicated a mass execution was imminent. By having U.S. forces accompanying

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel to Travel to the United Kingdom for Meeting of Counter-ISIL Coalition

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 the fight against ISIL. The

Carter, U.K. Counterpart Discuss the Way Ahead in 21st Century

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity   Today’s discussions of defense matters and ways to deepen the U.S. and U.K. partnership come at a critical time for British defense planning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in London during a joint press conference with his U.K. counterpart. On the secretary’s final day of his five-day trip to Europe,

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, including the rise of the

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 to emphasize that for the

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 Tuesday for

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 the first

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, Heraldo Munoz, the minister –

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 how diaspora

State Department Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today at the UN General Assembly event on the humanitarian emergency in Iraq, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall announced that the United States is providing more than $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who have been affected by violence and are in

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Press Availability John Kerry Secretary of State United Nations New York City   FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. We met with Secretary Kerry for the, I think, third time in few days. Today we devoted our meeting to the follow-up of what our presidents agreed when they met here on the 28th of September. The first instruction

Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

The new Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, documents how recent crises and global poverty impact the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and families. Mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000, it assesses efforts by 140 countries to reduce the worst forms of

The First Meeting of the U.S.-China Space Dialogue

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 28, 2015 Pursuant to their shared goal of advancing civil space cooperation as agreed upon in the Strategic Track of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in June 2015, the Government of the United States of America and the Government of China convened their inaugural Civil Space Dialogue on September 28,

Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Special Briefing State Department Official New York Palace Hotel New York City September 27, 2015 MODERATOR: Okay, folks. I believe you all are well familiar with our briefer. This is a background session, so Senior State Department Official. Our State Department official will have a few words to sort of read out the meeting that Secretary Kerry had with Foreign

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker on U.S. Priorities During the 70th Session of the UN General Assembl

Special Briefing Bathsheba Nell Crocker Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs Washington, DC September 24, 2015   [Watch video on State.gov] MR KIRBY: Good afternoon, everybody. We are going to start today’s press conference with a special guest. I’m going to bring up here the Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker. She’s going to run through for

United States. Condemns Attacks in Kabul

We strongly condemn the series of insurgent attacks in Kabul yesterday. These attacks resulted in hundreds of casualties and at least 44 deaths, including children, and demonstrate again the insurgency’s complete disregard for the lives of innocent Afghans. Such actions have no justification. We again call upon the Taliban, other Afghan militant groups, and anyone supporting them to bring an

DoD – China’s Land Reclamation Has Broad Consequences

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea could have far-reaching U.S. security and economic consequences by disrupting international rules and norms that have supported the global community for decades, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said today. In a security forum panel discussion in Aspen, Colorado, Navy Adm. Harry B.

Dempsey, Ghani Discuss Transregional Effort Against ISIL

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey today discussed the possibility of forming a network to oppose the transregional threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Ghani here this afternoon and said there is a clear need for a transregional strategy to address ISIL.

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

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 a very real opportunity to

United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan

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 government-wide Counter Piracy and Maritime

DoD’s Carter: Rebalance Continues America’s Historic Role in Asia-Pacific

28 May 2015 (This article originally appeared on the Department of Defense website) By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DoD News Defense Media Activity America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is a continuation of its pivotal role over the past 70 years in helping ensure prosperity in the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday. Speaking to reporters

Carter Urges Peaceful Resolution of South China Sea Disputes

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 region. Change of Command Carter

Kerry’s Speech at Korea University on Open, Secure Internet

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry “An Open and Secure Internet: We Must Have Both” May 18, 2015 Korea University Seoul, Republic of Korea SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Well, good afternoon, President Yeom. Thank you very much for a generous introduction. Distinguished guests, all, I’m delighted to be here and I want to

today delivered the U.S. national statement to the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Secretary of State John Kerry today delivered the U.S. national statement to the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, NPT (via State.gov) attending the Treaty’s ninth Review Conference at the United Nations in New York. He relayed a statement from President Obama on the importance of the NPT

US, Europe Seek to End Tariffs on Each Other’s Products

VOA News, News / Economy  The trade deal being negotiated between the United States and European Union could add $100 billion annually to the economies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but the issues are complex and there is no guarantee that an agreement will be reached anytime soon. The U.S. and the 28-nation EU started negotiations nearly two

Myths and Facts Regarding the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Regime

U.S. State Department Fact Sheet Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (1) Myth: The NPT has failed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has enjoyed tremendous successes over the 45 years since its entry into force. The NPT is the most widely adhered to nuclear treaty in history. It has established an international legal

Key U.S. Environmental Law Helps Save Species from Extinction

What do 1,132 species of animals have in common? Two things, actually: they are hovering on the brink of extinction, and they are under the protection of the U.S. government. Wildlife conservation has a long history in the United States, and the United States also is at the forefront of international efforts to protect wildlife. The federal Endangered Species Act

Kerry on Daesh’s Destruction of Historical Heritage in Iraq

06 March 2015 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ISIL’s Destruction of Historical Heritage and Archeological Treasures I am deeply disturbed by reports that ISIL has extended its destruction of Iraq’s historical treasures to the ancient archeological site of Nimrud. These depraved acts are an assault on the heritage of the Iraqi

U.S. Officials Outline Policy, Posture in Middle East

By Claudette Roulo DoD News, Defense Media Activity   (This article originally appeared on the Department of Defense website) Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization and preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon are the top two issues that must be addressed in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the undersecretary of defense for

State’s Biswal on New Silk Road Post-2014

Remarks by Nisha Desai Biswal Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs U.S. Department of State The Woodrow Wilson Center Washington, D.C. As Prepared Thank you Michael for the gracious introduction. It is an honor to speak at the Woodrow Wilson Center, an institution that serves an important and thoughtful role in shaping and advancing our national interest.

Fact Sheet: U.S.-United Kingdom Cybersecurity Cooperation

16 January 2015 The White House Office of the Press Secretary The United States and the United Kingdom agree that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges that our nations face.  Every day foreign governments, criminals, and hackers are attempting to probe, intrude into, and attack government and private sector systems in both

White House Fact Sheet: President Obama Announces New Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal and Other Cybersecurity Efforts

13 January 2015 The White House Office of the Press Secretary   “In this interconnected, digital world, there are going to be opportunities for hackers to engage in cyber assaults both in the private sector and the public sector.  Now, our first order of business is making sure that we do everything to harden sites and prevent those kinds of

Senior Officials on Kerry’s Meetings in Islamabad, Pakistan

MODERATOR: Okay, so I know it’s late. This is a background briefing reading out the Secretary’s meetings this evening. We will not make this a marathon. We’ll just give a quick overview. QUESTION: Let’s make it a very short sprint. MODERATOR: Excellent. We’ll just give a quick overview and take a few questions — QUESTION: Five yards. MODERATOR: — and

Department of Defense European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) Announcement

The Department of Defense announced today the consolidation of some U.S. infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to their host nations.  These actions, taken as part of the European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) process, will save the U.S. government approximately $500 million annually.  The Department of Defense also announced the first F-35 basing in Europe at RAF Lakenheath

State Dept. Fact Sheet on U.S. Aid to Haiti 2010-2015

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. 08 January 2015 FACT SHEET U.S. Assistance to Haiti 2010-2015 Five years after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development. Much more remains to be done, and Haiti’s reconstruction will continue for many years. With other partner governments and NGOs from

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the London Conference on Afghanistan

Thank you very much, all of you, for being here. And thank you for the privilege of being part of this very important conference. And I want to thank Prime Minister Cameron for hosting and, you, President Ghani for cohosting this effort. We saw each other in Brussels. You’ve been on a whirlwind tour, and I will tell everybody here

HSI-led probe leads to arrest of 2 UK men allegedly linked to pre-release leak of The Expendables 3

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 from Upton, and a 33-year-old

Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

   The damage and looting of historic sites in Iraq and Syria are rapidly destroying all evidence of ancient life and society. Fragile sites and buildings have suffered as collateral damage to battles, targets for purposeful ideological destruction, and prey for systematic looting. More than 90 percent of Syria’s cultural sites are inside areas of conflict and displacement. Further damage

NATO Wales Summit Declaration 2014

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Wales from 4 to 5 September 2014 1. We, the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, have gathered in Wales at a pivotal moment in Euro-Atlantic security. Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine have fundamentally

Wales Summit – NATO’s Changing Role in Afghanistan

NATO’s mission in Afghanistan has been the Alliance’s largest and one of its longest-running military operations, with 50 coalition countries contributing a peak of 140,000 troops over a 13-year campaign.  The United States, together with NATO Allies and partners, support a sovereign, stable, unified, and democratic Afghanistan and will continue our partnership with Afghanistan based on the principles of mutual

Targeted Operations Against ISIL

  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.

U.S. Embassy Media Note: CBRN Security Assistance for Ukraine

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 Global Partnership countries, and several

David S. Cohen at the Royal United Services Institute

U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs LONDON – Good afternoon.  It is a pleasure to join you today to discuss the intersection of transnational organized crime and illicit finance, and to join the conversation about what we can and should be doing to combat this threat. I would especially like to thank the Royal United Services Institute for hosting

Military Leaders Meet in London for First Time Since WWII

11 June 2014 U.S. Embassy, London June 11, 2014 015-14 @USAinUKPress (Released by the MoD) The Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) from the US and the UK met to discuss long-term strategic challenges the respective armed forces can expect to face together in the future. General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the heads of

Fact Sheet: Overview of U.S. Contributions to Peace and Security in Europe

June 06, 2014 The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Europe is an indispensable partner with which the United States tackles key global security challenges, and advancing transatlantic peace and security has stood at the heart of U.S. foreign policy for more than a century.  The United States works hand-in-hand with our European allies and partners

Bombers Arrive at RAF Fairford to Train and Exercise Capabilities

04 June 2014 U.S. Embassy, London 013-14 @USAinUKPress Press Release U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs, Box 120, Unit 3050, APO AE 09012 Telephone: +49 (0) 6371 47 6558; DSN 314 480-6558 RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Two U.S. B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and one Minot Air Force Base,

A Persistent Presence: U.S. commitment to European Security

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 03, 2014 Since early March, the United States has taken action, both bilaterally and through NATO, to reassure allies of our solemn commitment to their security and territorial integrity as members of the NATO Alliance.  A persistent U.S. air, land, and sea presence in the region, especially in Central and Eastern

Fact Sheet: U.S.-EU Cyber Cooperation

26 March 2014 The White House Office of the Press Secretary The United States and the European Union work in close coordination on cyber-related issues both bilaterally and in multilateral fora. This cooperation is founded on our shared values, our interest in an open and interoperable Internet, and our commitment to multistakeholder Internet governance, Internet freedom, and protecting human rights

The Syrian Crisis: U.S. Assistance and Support for the Transition

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a democratic, inclusive, and unified Syria. President Bashar al-Asad has proven through his brutal and repressive tactics that he cannot lead Syria’s transition. His continued tenure only inflames tensions throughout the region and fuels extremism on both sides of the conflict. The United

Top 5 Things to Know About T-TIP

This blog post by Dan Mullaney, assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, was published on the State Department website on November 15, 2013. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Five Things You Should Know About the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership By Dan

Fact Sheet : The New START Treaty

“The New START Treaty responsibly reduces the number of nuclear weapons and launchers that the United States and Russia deploy, while fully maintaining America’s nuclear deterrent.” – President Barack Obama Fact Sheet Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance 22 October 2013   Strategic Offensive Reductions: The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures

Wind Power Capacity Expanding Rapidly in U.S.

Wind power is gaining a greater share of the U.S. energy market, according to a new assessment from the Department of Energy, making the United States one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing markets for this clean and renewable source of energy. The U.S. energy industry added more than 13 gigawatts of new wind power capacity to the grid in

Joint statement by European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso after the G8 Summit in Lough Erne (UK) on 17-18 Jun

Lough Erne, 18 June 2013 European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso represented the European Union at this year’s G8 summit chaired by UK Prime Minister Cameron in Lough Erne. As a G8 member, the European Union actively contributed to the discussion of all items on the agenda. The two Presidents made the following

Partnering with State, Local Authorities to Support Int’l Criminal Justice Sector Assistance

Fact Sheet, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC 09 May 2013   Partnering with State and Local Authorities to Support International Criminal Justice Sector Assistance For the past three years, the U.S. Department of State has made a sustained effort to recruit state and local law enforcement, corrections officials, prosecutors, and judges to participate in our criminal justice assistance programs

U.S. Supports Negotiated Political Solution in Syria

The Obama administration believes that the best end to the crisis in Syria will come about through a negotiated political solution between the Syrian opposition and members of the government “without blood on their hands” to form a mutually agreeable transitional government to guide the country to elections. In her prepared testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee April

Fact Sheet on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2094 on North Korea

07 March 2013 USUN PRESS RELEASE FACT SHEET UN Security Council Resolution 2094 on North Korea The UN Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea in response to that country’s February 12th announcement of a nuclear test. This resolution, the fifth since 2006, builds upon, strengthens and significantly expands the scope of the

Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal a “Unique Opportunity” for U.S., EU

U.S. State Department February 26, 2013   Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. relationship with Germany is one of its “most vibrant” global alliances, and that a proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal with the European Union would help to lift the economies of both participants, as well as raise global trading standards. Speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in

State Dept Fact Sheet : Terrorism Designations FAQs

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 wider range of entities, including

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Annual Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Service

December 21, 2011 AG HOLDER: Thank you, Mr. [Frank] Duggan.   It is an honor to stand with you, and a privilege to thank you for the work that you – and the other members of the Families of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 – have led in your search for healing, for answers, and for justice. On behalf

US-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

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 Community will be established.  A

Treasury Fact Sheet on Combating Terrorist Financing

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 – including intelligence analysis, sanctions

Fact Sheet: U.S. Open Skies Civil Aviation Partnerships

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Glossary of Nuclear Terms

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Frequently Asked Questions on Naval Piracy

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