NASA readies its best asteroid punch

13 May, 2021 | Policy, Science & Tech

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s real. NASA scientists will soon launch a mission to change the course of a distant asteroid in a test of technology that could one day save planet Earth from disaster.

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to Europe

12 May, 2021 | News, Policy, Press Releases

In London, [Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry] will meet with representatives of the UK Government, who will host COP26 this November in Glasgow. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to Europe MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2021   Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry will travel to Rome, London, and Berlin, ...

State Department Releases 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

11 May, 2021 | Fundamental Freedoms, News, Policy

This year marks the 23rd release of the International Religious Freedom Report and 23rd anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act — the legislation that affirmed the importance of defending and advancing religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy, created the Office of International Religious Freedom, and mandated the annual report.  U.S. Department of State Office ...

World Press Freedom Day

3 May, 2021 | News, Policy, Press Releases

Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and hold governmental officials accountable.  The United States advocates for press freedom ...

Program To Create Pathways to Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy Included in Biden-Harris Administration

27 April, 2021 | News, Policy, Science & Tech

FIRST is a capacity-building program designed to deepen strategic ties, support energy innovation, and advance technical collaboration with partner nations on secure and safe nuclear energy infrastructure. Program To Create Pathways to Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy Included in Biden-Harris Administration’s Bold Plans To Address the Climate Crisis MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL ...

Leaders Summit on Climate Summary of Proceedings

26 April, 2021 | Policy, Science & Tech

After fulfilling his promise to bring America back into the Paris Agreement, President Biden convened 40 world leaders in a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate this week to rally the world in tackling the climate crisis and meeting the demands of science.

Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

23 April, 2021 | Agriculture, News, Policy, Science & Tech

At President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23, 2021, the United States and United Arab Emirates, with endorsement from the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency, and with support from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay, announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate).

Remarks by President Biden at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Session 2: Investing in Climate

22 April, 2021 | Environment, News, Policy, President of the United States, Science & Tech

Taking on climate change together is more than just the right thing to do; it’s also in everyone’s best interests to do it.  Meeting this challenge is going to require mobilizing financing at an unprecedented scale. The White House April 22, 2021   East Room 10:50 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, hello again, everyone.  Welcome ...
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Statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology on SolarWinds and Mi

19 April, 2021 | News, Policy, Press Releases

The Biden Administration convened two Unified Coordination Groups (UCGs) to drive a whole of government response to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange incidents. Due to the vastly increased patching and reduction in victims, we are standing down the current UCG surge efforts and will be handling further responses through standard incident management procedures. 

A Proclamation on National Park Week, 2021

17 April, 2021 | Environment, News, Policy, President of the United States

During National Park Week, let us dedicate ourselves to greater improvement, enjoyment, and preservation of our natural treasures, and to continue to find inspiration, strength, and all else we seek within them. The White House April 17, 2021   The renowned environmentalist and author, Rachel Carson, wrote in her seminal book Silent Spring that, “Those ...
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Remarks by President Biden on Russia

15 April, 2021 | News, Policy, President of the United States

If Russia continues to interfere with our democracy, I’m prepared to take further actions to respond. It is my responsibility, as President of the United States, to do so. The White House April 15, 2021 4:56 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, folks. Thanks for coming over. Good afternoon, everyone. Earlier this week, I spoke with ...

Holding Russia To Account

15 April, 2021 | NATO, News, Policy, Press Releases

Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are taking in response. The President is ...

Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

25 March, 2021 | News, Policy, Speeches

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people. I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – that ...

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a Moderated Conversation

24 March, 2021 | NATO, Policy, Video

“We sometimes forget that it is a truly remarkable institution, a remarkable initiative bringing together now 30 countries covering almost a billion people on a voluntary basis, and we come together around shared values of democracy, freedom, openness, and a rules-based international order to make sure that countries can move forward together peacefully.” REMARKS ANTONY ...

Blinken presses Beijing on violations of rules-based order

23 March, 2021 | News, Policy

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is defending the rules-based international order in the face of the People’s Republic of China’s global threat to democratic values and human rights. In his first meeting with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, Blinken stood up for the international system that promotes cooperation between countries and advances individual freedoms and ...
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Joint Statement: The United States and the United Kingdom are Working Together in the Fight Against

8 March, 2021 | Policy, Science & Tech, U.S. & United Kingdom

We resolved today to work closely together to reduce our own emissions and to rally all countries, and most especially the world’s major economies, to strengthen climate ambition. President Biden’s upcoming Leaders Summit on Climate and the G7 leaders meeting to be hosted by the UK are both critical opportunities to build momentum on the ...

G7, United Kingdom 2021

1 March, 2021 | Europe & Eurasia, Policy, U.S. & United Kingdom

The UK has the Presidency of the G7 in 2021. The 2021 G7 Summit will be held in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on 11-13 June 2021.  The summit homepage is at UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the UK’s G7 Presidency to unite leading democracies to help the world fight, and then build back better ...
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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 Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution of the United States  of America White House  website ( ...

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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