Biden’s Meeting with Ukrainian Mayor Klychko

Vice President Joe Biden met at the White House today with Vitaly Klychko, the Mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine. The Vice President and Mayor discussed the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the vital importance of implementing reforms
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Response to Briefings by Ambassadors Apakan and Tagliavini and ODIHR Director Michael Link

I’d like to begin by thanking you for convening us today, and thanking Ambassador Apakan, Ambassador Tagliavini and Director Link for briefing us. It’s very important that we can hear directly from you, particularly about the latest on the ground, and we appreciate your taking the time to share with (more...)

<!–:en–>G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine<!–:–><!–:RU–>Заявление лидеров «Группы семи» по Украине<!–:–>

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission welcome the “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements” adopted by their original signatories on 12th February 2015 in (more...)

NATO Chief Says Terrorism Must Be Fought in Different Ways

By Jim Garamone, DOD News This article previously appeared on the Defense Department website on January 14. There are many different types of terror and democratic nations must use many defenses against them, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Berlin on January 14. The secretary-general met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (more...)

Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

Following are foreign policy excerpts from President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. The full transcript of the speech is available on the White House website. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned (more...)

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 for Russia’s bid to restart peace talks for the (more...)

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...)

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