NATO Wales Summit: A Family of Nations Committed to Peace and Freedom
With only six days remaining until President Obama and other world leaders gather in Wales, final preparations are in full gear for the NATO Summit. In this two-day event, President Obama and other world leaders will focus on a diverse range of challenges: the Ukraine crisis and the impact of Russia’s actions on transatlantic security; NATO’s evolving mission in Afghanistan; the readiness of Alliance capabilities; and the deepening and broadening of NATO’s partnerships.
Going back to school? Ever thought about traveling abroad? Check out our Google+ Hangout to learn more!
Study abroad connects American high school students with future leaders around the world, enabling them to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health. Scholarship opportunities are open to all American high school students who meet program eligibility criteria.
One of the many ways war impacted daily life for all in Paris, including those within the U.S. diplomatic community, was transportation—or lack of it. The Paris Métro closed at 7:30pm to comply with the 8pm curfew imposed in the first days of August 1914. Taxis, much in demand, became scarce and…
On the Frontlines of the Ebola Response: An Inside Look at a Program to Help the Grieving
In Liberia, a country gripped by Ebola, the outbreak has not only taken its toll on health care workers but also on the professionals who comfort the grieving.
“The outbreak of Ebola was very shocking and overwhelming to our country,” said Jestina Hoff, a counselor with the Liberian Red Cross. “It brought a lot fear.”
The outbreak has also hampered Hoff’s ability to do her job.” As a counselor, I talk to parents who lost a child or to someone who has gotten sick with the virus,” said Hoff. “They are feeling so discouraged, and I have to help them accept the situation and comfort them, but without touching them.”
Landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) are scattered throughout Somalia as a result of years of civil war and internal conflicts.
Al-Shabaab’s access to poorly secured weapons stockpiles aggravates violence, fuels crime, and poses a threat to security in Somalia and throughout the Horn of Africa.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is working with the Somali National Army to successfully curb the control and influence of al-Shabaab.
The international community, with the strong leadership of the United States, has made great strides in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa, and pirate attacks off the coast Somalia are at the lowest levels since 2006.
The U.S. is committed to supporting Somalia, providing over $1.5 billion in assistance since 2009 and over $300 million in FY2013 alone.
In January 2013, the United States recognized the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS).
Read more about the U.S.-Somalia relationship on DipNote!
“We pay tribute today to the world’s humanitarians – those unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of natural disasters pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities.”—Secretary Kerry on World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 2014
“We continue to see important progress across different parts of our strategy to support the Iraqi government and combat…ISIL.”—President Obama as he provided an update on the situation in Iraq on August 18, 2014
The Republic of South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011 following a 2005 peace agreement that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. South Sudan, the world’s 195th country and the 193rd member state of the United Nations, is also Africa’s first newly independent country since Eritrea split from Ethiopia in 1993.
2. As a former part of Sudan, South Sudan has experienced the adverse effects of conflict since 1956, with more than two decades of internal strife.
These conflicts displaced millions of South Sudanese and left the country with an underdeveloped infrastructure, a weak economy, contamination from landmines and other explosive remnants of war, and an abundance of unsecured small arms and light weapons (SA/LW). The violence that reignited in December 2013 forced more than 1.5 million people from their homes, increasing their vulnerability to cholera outbreaks, widespread famine, landmines, and other unexploded munitions.
“Today, Iraqis took another major step forward in uniting their country.”—Ambassador Susan Rice on Prime Minister Maliki’s decision to step aside and support Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, August 14, 2014
The rise of Asia — the world’s fastest growing economic zone, with a burgeoning middle class — is changing the world. Growing people-to-people links and technological advances are expanding the region’s influence.
We meet today in Sydney for the 29th annual AUSMIN to sign a landmark agreement between our governments which will provide a policy and legal framework, as well as cost-sharing principles, to support the continued implementation of U.S. force posture initiatives and to discuss new opportunities for cooperation.
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”—President Obama (via exchangealumni)
“The United States cannot and should not intervene every time there’s a crisis in the world. But when there’s a situation like the one on this mountain—when countless innocent people are facing a massacre, and when we have the ability to help prevent it—the United States can’t just look away. That’s not who we are. We’re Americans. We act. We lead.”—President Barack Obama on the situation in Iraq, August 9, 2014
“Every day, 8,000 children die because they don’t have enough to eat… Around the world, one in eight people suffers from chronic hunger.”—Secretary Kerry on Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, August 4, 2014
“Again and again, through all my visits to your country, I’ve been struck by one profound fact: Afghans want, deserve and are building a better future.”—Secretary Kerry on elections in Afghanistan, July 30, 2014
“When you promote democratic change, transform borders of conflict into bastions of peace, empower women to realize their aspirations, you create a better future, not for some, but for all.”—Secretary Kerry to the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, July 28, 2014
“Each side has powerful feelings about the history and why they are where they are. And what we’re going to work at is how do…we have an ability to provide security for Israel and a future for the Palestinians.”—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Paris, France, July 26, 2014
Experience of a Lifetime: Young African Leaders Studying in the United States
From the University of California-Berkeley to Yale University, 500 young African leaders from sub-Saharan African countries are studying at academic institutions throughout the United States and gaining meaningful, life-changing experiences that will shape the way they interact with each other and help encourage further advancements in their respective fields. These young Africans are the first wave of participants in the Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.