Kerry Expresses Support for U.N., Russian Peace Efforts in Syria

This article was originally published on the Voice of America website on January 14. .S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed support for U.N. efforts to halt the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, as well as
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U.S. Offers Ukraine Up to $2 Billion in Loan Guarantees for 2015

The United States says it is working along with international partners to ensure that Ukraine has the support it needs as it moves forward with reforms aimed at restoring economic stability and laying the groundwork for sustainable growth. As part of the international effort, the United States intends to provide a (more...)

Degrading and Defeating ISIL

This commentary by General John Allen, U.S. special envoy to the global coalition to counter ISIL, was published in the December 29 online version of DefenseNews. There are no republication restrictions. by General John Allen In early June of this year, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (more...)

U.S. Stands with France in Opposing Terrorism

On the same day as thousands marched at Paris’ Place de la Nation, waving national flags and holding placards that read “I am Charlie,” top U.S. officials met their French counterparts and with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and French President François Hollande to strategize on (more...)

Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian ‘Occupation‘

This article was originally published on the Voice of America website on December 19. President Barack Obama has imposed a wide-ranging trade ban on the Russian-annexed Crimea Peninsula, with an executive order that bars exports of key U.S. goods and services and blocks Crimean imports. A White (more...)

Secretary-General Tells Ukrainian PM, ‘NATO Stands with You’

A version of this article appeared on the NATO website on December 15. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the alliance’s efforts to support Ukraine’s government with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at NATO headquarters December 15. Stoltenberg praised Ukraine’s commitment to its partnership with NATO despite challenging circumstances, (more...)

Obama Charts New Course on Cuba Policy

“We will end an outdated approach that … has failed to advance our interests,” President Obama said in a televised address December 17 announcing a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba. The United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in relations with Cuba and to further (more...)

The Cold War: A Test of American Power and a Trial of Ideals

The competition between United States and the Soviet Union By Michael J. Friedman 08 May 2008 The Cold War was first and foremost a war of ideas, a struggle over the organizing principle of human society, a contest between liberalism and forced collectivism. For the United States, the Cold War was the nation's (more...)

NATO Stands with Ukraine, Increases Support

A version of this story appeared on the NATO website on December 2. Brussels — NATO foreign ministers on December 2 stated their political and practical support for Ukraine as its new government embarks on key reforms. “We remain committed to assisting Ukraine speed up reforms and we are (more...)

Biden on Formation of New Ukrainian Government

Statement by the Vice President on the Formation of a New Ukrainian Government I welcome today’s announcement on the formation of a new Ukrainian government. The Ukrainian people demonstrated their clear preference for democracy, political and economic reform, and self-determination at the ballot box during the October 26 (more...)

U.S. Envoy on Russia’s Detention of Estonian Police Officer

U.S. Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Kate Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 13, 2014 Concerns Regarding the Russian Federation’s Seizing and Continued Detention of Estonian Police Officer Eston Kohver The United States is deeply concerned by the ongoing detention of Estonian police (more...)

China, America, and Our Warming Planet

The following commentary by Secretary of State John Kerry first appeared on the New York Times website on November 12. There are no republication restrictions. China, America, and Our Warming Planet by John Kerry The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, two largest consumers of energy, (more...)

In Wake of Midterm Elections, U.S. Leaders Seek Path Forward

Following Republican Party gains in the November 4 midterm elections, President Obama hosted congressional leaders at a White House luncheon November 7. House Speaker John Boehner (on left above), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (at right) attended, as did Vice President Biden, House Minority Leader (more...)

Russia Pushing Limits of International Order, General Says

By Lisa Ferdinando Army News Service This article previously appeared on the Defense Department website on November 5. Russia is “pushing on the limits of international order,” the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said November 5. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia in general are pushing the limits (more...)

U.S. Announces Aid to Tackle Illicit Weapons in Central Asia

The United States is contributing $402,000 in assistance to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) toward training and proper storage of small arms and light weapons in the Central Asia region, the U.S. Mission to the OSCE announced November 6. The funds will support two (more...)

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