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Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Power on the Security Council Vote on Syria

Thank you. Today is about accountability for crimes so extensive, so deadly, that they have few equals in modern history. Today is about accountability for Syria. But it is also... Read More

Ambassador Power on Security Council Action to Sanction Boko Haram

Today, the Security Council took an important step in support of the government of Nigeria’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram and hold its murderous leadership accountable for atrocities. By adding... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Presidential Elections in Guinea-Bissau

The United States congratulates the people of Guinea-Bissau on the successful completion of peaceful and orderly presidential elections on May 18, and president-elect José Mário Vaz on his victory. The... Read More

Ambassador Power at the White House's Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Dedication

Totally humbled to be among you. I look out at the audience and you are the people who have worked to create so much progress. I’m truly, truly moved to... Read More

The Community of Democracies Support for Eastern European Democracies in Transition

MODERATOR: So, a reminder this is an on-the-record briefing with Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, who is the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies. I see all... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Terrorist Attacks in Nigeria

The U.S Government strongly condemns the multiple bomb blasts in the city of Jos yesterday, as well as the bombing in the Sabon-Gari neighborhood of the city of Kano on... Read More

In Celebration of IDAHOT - U.S. Embassy Rangoon

In celebration of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (#IDAHOT) on May 17, the U.S. Embassy hosted an LGBT awareness event organized by the local LGBT network Colors Rainbow... Read More

Vice President Biden to Romanian Civil Society Groups and Students

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, we may be listening to a future president. I don't know. (Laughter.) I want to thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. It was a pleasure having... Read More

Remarks by Vice President Biden and Romanian President Băsescu in a Joint Press Statement

PRIME MINISTER PONTA: (As interpreted) Good day. We are very glad and honored to have the visit of Mr. Vice President Joe Biden here in Bucharest and at the headquarters... Read More

The Ukrainian Evolution

On Sunday, Ukrainians will go to the polls to vote for a new president. But that simple statement does not reckon with the significance of this election. The May 25... Read More

Boko Haram: The Growing Threat to Schoolgirls in Nigeria and Beyond

Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to discuss Nigeria’s struggle against Boko Haram, one of the most lethal terrorist groups in... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Indian Elections and Formation of New Government

I offer my congratulations to the Bharatiya Janata Party on their resounding victory in India’s historic national election, and to Narendra Modi on his election as Prime Minister of India. ... Read More

Additional Sanctions Under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act

Today the State Department, in concert with the Treasury Department, submitted to Congress a list of persons who have been sanctioned under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.... Read More

Magnitsky Sanctions Designations

Specially Designated Nationals List The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List: ALISOV, Igor Borisovich; DOB 11 Mar 1968 (individual) . GAUS, Alexandra Viktorovna (a.k.a. GAUSS, Alexandra); DOB... Read More

Presidential Determination -- South Sudan

May 19, 2014 Presidential Determination No. 2014-09 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Relating to South Sudan By the authority vested in me... Read More

Behind Putin's Cynicism and Hypocrisy

You can usually figure what Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing and why by noting the actions and values he falsely projects onto others. Over the past several weeks, for... Read More

Empowering Cambodia’s Youth Benefits Everyone

Just a few weeks ago, U.S. President Barack Obama held a Town Hall with youth from ASEAN member nations as part of his Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. I was... Read More

Ambassador Power Remarks for the University of Vermont Commencement

(Applause) President Sullivan, trustees, faculty, alumni, parents and especially the incredible members of the class of 2014 – Good morning and Hallelujah! (Applause) I am most honored to be among... Read More

Syrian Media Activists and Journalists Remain Steadfast

In Syria, the conflict has entered into its fourth year. Since March 2011, Bashar al-Asad has refused to heed the call of the Syrian people to step aside. He has... Read More

The Threat of Boko Haram

MODERATOR: Well, thank you all for coming. It’s a great honor for us to have Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman with us today. Ambassador Sherman was sworn in... Read More


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