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The Crisis in Mali: U.S. Interests and the International Response

Thank you very much Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and Members of the Committee for the chance to testify before you on this important topic. The evolving crisis in Mali... Read More

A Diverse and Socially Inclusive America Needs to Share Its Story

About the Author: Tara D. Sonenshine serves as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Diversity is our strength, and everyone, including persons with disabilities, has important... Read More

Terrorist Attack on Camp Hurriya in Iraq

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the vicious and senseless terrorist attack that took place this morning at Camp Hurriya killing 6 people and injuring dozens more. We... Read More

State Department Contributes $171 Million to Help Refugees

The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of over $171 million toward the 2013 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This year’s initial... Read More

Finding a Lasting Solution to Instability in The Democratic Republic of the Congo

ASSISTANT SECRETARY CARSON: Good afternoon, everyone in a very, very crowded audience. I want to, first of all, thank Dr. Kimenyi for his warm introduction, and also the Brookings Institution... Read More

Breaking Down the Numbers of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Caroline Raclin is a Special Assistant in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) at the U.S. Department of State. She traveled with a joint State Department-USAID delegation to... Read More

The World Refugee Crisis

Thank you, for that kind introduction. And thank you to the Young Leaders of the World Affairs Council for your invitation to join you. And thank you for devoting your... Read More

Progress on Political Prisoners in Burma

The United States welcomes the Burmese Government’s announcement that it has authorized the formation of a Committee on Political Prisoners comprised of government officials, civil society actors, and political parties... Read More

International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM: Working Together To End a Devastating Practice

Melanne Verveer serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. On February 6, 2013, in observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation,... Read More

Yemen’s National Dialogue

The United States welcomes the announcement that the Yemeni National Dialogue will begin on March 18. This is a positive development, and we commend the leadership of President Hadi and... Read More

Roundtable Discussion with Afghan Press on Democracy and Human Rights

Assistant Secretary Posner: I am very pleased to be back in Afghanistan. Over the last three days in Kabul and Jalalabad, I have had a series of very informative, productive... Read More

Promoting Human Rights and a Sustainable Democracy in Pakistan

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner traveled to Pakistan February 7-8. Posner had official meetings with Advisor to the Prime Minister on Human... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Welcome Statement Regarding the Internet 2013 Conference

The United States is looking forward to the Internet 2013 conference being hosted by OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic from February 13-15. We commend Representative Mijatovic... Read More

Roundtable Discussion Promoting Human Rights and a Sustainable Democracy in Afghanistan

AS DELIVERED I am very pleased to be back in Afghanistan. Over the last three days in Kabul and Jalalabad, I have had a series of very informative, productive meetings... Read More

U.S. Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Syria

Up-to-date information on the situation in Syria including maps and figures. Via Teleconference MR. VENTRELL: Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining the call. As you know, President Obama just... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Somali Rape Case Verdict

We are deeply concerned by a Mogadishu court’s decision to convict and sentence to one year in prison a 27-year-old alleged rape victim and the journalist who interviewed her. We... Read More

Remarks at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program

Thank you, Mike, for that kind introduction. Good morning and welcome. It is an honor to be with you here today. I would like to acknowledge some of our special... Read More

President Obama’s Message to the People of Kenya on the Upcoming Elections

In a video message, President Barack Obama tells the people of Kenya that the upcoming elections are a historic opportunity for Kenyans to stand together, as a nation, for peace... Read More

President Obama on National Emergency with respect to Côte d’Ivoire

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency, unless, within 90 days... Read More

Fact Sheet #8: Syria - Complex Emergency

HIGHLIGHTS HUMANITARIAN FUNDING The USG announces $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Syria response. To Syria Humanitarian Response in FY12 and FY13* International donors pledge $1.5 billion in... Read More


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