On Voting … And Not

By Lee H. Hamilton The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one
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State’s Malinowski on Annual Country Reports on Human Rights

ON-THE-RECORD-BRIEFING Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski On the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: All right. Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Hello, everyone. It’s good to be here. Before I answer your questions, let me take a few minutes to talk (more...)

Money and Politics: We Need Change Now!

By Lee H. Hamilton I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. The people who matter most to a representative democracy — the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to (more...)

State’s Nuland on Russia and Developments in Ukraine

Hearing on Russia and Developments in Ukraine Written Testimony of Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker and members of this committee—thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today on the situation in Ukraine and for your personal investment in the (more...)

Ukraine Issues $1 Billion Bond with U.S. Guarantee

The National Bank of Ukraine on May 16, acting on behalf of the government of Ukraine, closed on its offering of a $1 billion sovereign bond, guaranteed by the United States, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “This guarantee demonstrates the strong U.S. (more...)

On the Occasion of Europe Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the European Union as you celebrate Europe Day on May 9. Sixty-four years ago, Robert Schuman declared that a united Europe was indispensable to the maintenance of world (more...)

Press Conference by Obama, Japanese PM Abe

Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Abe Of Japan In Joint Press Conference Akasaka Palace Tokyo, Japan PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) On behalf of the Japanese people, I would like to express my heartfelt welcome to President Barack Obama, who is in Japan as our state guest. Barack and (more...)

Ukraine: Confronting Internal Challenges and External Threats

U.S. Department of State Testimony Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) April 9, 2014 " Thank you, Chairman Cardin and Co-Chairman Smith, for inviting me to testify before you today on the situation in Ukraine. It is a (more...)

Joint Statement from EU-U.S. Summit

EU-U.S. Summit Brussels, Belgium March 26, 2014 EU-US Summit: Joint Statement 1. We, the leaders of the European Union and the United States, met today in Brussels to reaffirm our strong partnership. We reaffirmed our shared values of democracy, individual freedom, the rule of law and human rights, and a common commitment (more...)

Deputy Secretary Burns at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine

Statement and Q&A at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message of deep admiration for the courage and determination of Ukrainians (more...)

Assistant Secretary Nuland at Media Round Table in Kyiv, Ukraine

Press Availability Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Kyiv, Ukraine February 7, 2014 Press Roundtable Assistant Secretary Nuland: Thank you for being here as I end two days here in Kyiv meeting with Government officials, meeting with representatives of the opposition, meeting with representatives from the business community and (more...)

U.S., South Korea Renew for North to Abandon Nuclear Weapons

The United States and the Republic of Korea “stand very firmly united” in opposing North Korea’s destabilizing nuclear and ballistic missile programs and proliferation activities, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. “We will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state, nor as a nuclear-armed state, (more...)

Obama Praises the Life and Accomplishments of Nelson Mandela

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama said on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela that the man, who struggled for decades to end apartheid and bring democracy and justice to his country, was “one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human (more...)

State’s Nuland on Ukraine and OSCE Goals

U.S. Department of State Remarks by Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Kyiv, Ukraine Intervention at the OSCE Ministerial Council First Plenary Session What a moment this is for Ukraine, what a moment this is for the OSCE. The whole world is watching. All the principles and values on (more...)

Amb. Kelly on Inspections of Nongovernmental Groups in Russia

United States Mission to the OSCE Statement regarding inspections of NGOs in the Russian Federation As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council, Vienna April 11, 2013 The United States is deeply concerned by indications that Russian authorities continue to take actions that restrict space for civil society. Law enforcement, tax offices, (more...)


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