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U.S. hands chairmanship of Arctic Council to Finland
U.S. hands chairmanship of Arctic Council to Finland

Edition of 19 May 2017
Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gathered with his counterparts in Alaska to pledge further cooperation for sustainable development and protection of the Arctic environment. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch, which poses an unacceptable threat to the region and the world.  Next week, Acting Assistant Secretary of State John Heffern will host a webchat on the history and future of the transatlantic bond in advance of the May 25 NATO Leaders Meeting in Brussels – we hope you will tune in!

Meanwhile, we read about UNHCR’s partnership with the IKEA Foundation to install clean energy solar panels at Azraq refugee camp in Jordan – an initiative that will improve the lives of refugees and save millions of dollars.  And in the fashion world, a friendly rivalry has developed between two U.S. cities for the title of fashion capital of the U.S. (outside LA and New York) – can you guess which two cities?

And don’t miss the video of our Acting Ambassador’s flight in an F-15 (photos are on Flickr):

 

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis speaks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at London's Somalia conference, 12 May 2017
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis speaks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at London’s Somalia conference, 12 May 2017

Edition of 12 May 2017
This week, world leaders gathered in London to raise international support for Somalia, where newly-elected President Farmajo is working to bring stability and peace to his country.

John Sullivan, the nominee for U.S. Deputy Secretary of State testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that America will continue to promote its values and stand for universal human rights throughout the world.

And a dynamic a cappella group from New York called the Maccabeats recounts the history of the Jewish people through its harmonies.

 

Women praying at a mosque
World Press Freedom Day

Edition of 05 May 2017
This week, we celebrated World Freedom Day and learned about an organization helping women around the world report untold stories.

The United States welcomed efforts by Russia to de-escalate the horrific violence in Syria, but called on President Putin to hold the Assad regime to account.

Finally the F-35A fighter jets deployed for training missions to the UK took a spin through the Mach Loop in Wales.

 

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets Spaceflight Record
Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets Spaceflight Record

Edition of 28 April 2017
This week, we celebrated U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson’s record-breaking 534th day in spaceflight, one of many records she has broken throughout her career.

Secretary of State Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Coats delivered a joint briefing to all 100 U.S. Senators on the threat posed by North Korea.  Meanwhile, a rare original copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence was discovered in the UK, sparking new questions about the origins of the U.S. democratic experiment.

Also, be sure to check out some fun facts and photos of our new Embassy in Nine Elms – an environmentally-friendly building that will help revitalize the neighborhood.

 

An F35 Lighting II takes off from RAF Lakenheath, 08 May 2017. USAFE photo.
An F35 Lighting II takes off from RAF Lakenheath, 08 May 2017. USAFE photo.

Edition of 21 April 2017
This week, Chargé d’Affaires (“Acting Ambassador”) Lew Lukens celebrated the arrival of eight F-35A Lightning II jets to RAF Lakenheath, a strong symbol of NATO’s commitment to deter further Russian aggression in the region.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan visited London, meeting with HMG officials and affirming U.S. commitment to the Special Relationship and to NATO.

Meanwhile, we enjoyed watching President Trump’s grandchildren celebrate Chinese culture with a special song in honor of President Xi’s visit last week to the United States.

And major props to Prince Harry for his brave revelations about his own mental health challenges

 

Two men sitting at a table in front of reporters
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, brief reporters at the Pentagon, April 11, 2017. DoD photo

Edition of 14 April 2017
This week, the world remained focused on how to forge a political solution to the Syria conflict after the Assad regime’s latest brutal chemical weapons attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun.

U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson traveled to Moscow to confront President Putin about his continued support for a regime committing such atrocities. Secretary of Defense Mattis confirmed the intelligence community’s assessment that there is overwhelming evidence of the Assad regime’s culpability.

And the United States and United Kingdom stood side by side at the UN Security Council in New York to support a resolution calling for a thorough investigation into the attack, which the Russian government vetoed.

Ambassador Nikki Haley at UNSC on the Chemical Weapons Attacks in Idlib, Syria.
Ambassador Nikki Haley at UNSC on the Chemical Weapons Attacks in Idlib, Syria.

Edition of 07 April 2017
Yesterday we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War.

Secretary of Defense Mattis was in London last week to reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-UK security relationship.

And on Wednesday in New York, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned the Asad regime’s brutal chemical attack on innocent women, men, and children in Idlib, Syria.

 

ISIS – the Digital Calpuhate

Edition of 31 March 2017
In this edition we cover:

  • Taking on the ‘Digital Caliphate’ in our Fight Against ISIS
  • President Trump Signs the NASA Transition Authorization Act
  • Trump Initiative to Bring Business Ideas to Government.
  • Post of the Week: British Soldiers on #NATO #eFP Road March in Poland

 

 

Westminster Palace from the air
President Trump on the Westminster Attack: We Stand with the UK

Edition of 21 March 2017
In this edition we cover:
President Trump on the Westminster Attack: We Stand with the UK.

Secretary of State Tillerson’s remarks at the Global Coalition Against ISIS Ministerial held in Washington, DC.

U.S. Ambassador Bill Burns on U.S. Policy and Strategy in Europe

 

Secretary Tillerson's Visit to Asia
Secretary Tillerson’s Visit to Asia

Edition of 17 March 2017
Secretary of State Tillerson’s Visit to Asia.

March Madness Explained.

Quote of the Week: The 6th Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War.

Post of the Week: Acting Ambassador Lukens Exploring the #AmericanDream.