During his long Foreign Service career, Ambassador Ryan Crocker served as U.S. Ambassador to #Lebanon, #Kuwait, #Syria, #Pakistan, #Iraq, and #Afghanistan.  On December 19, 1998, while serving in Syria, protestors breached the embassy compound walls and damaged portions of his residence. The damage included this commission, which is a document that gives a diplomat the authority of his or her government to act in a certain official capacity. This artifact and others will reside at the new US Diplomacy Center. Join us on Wednesday at noon ET to watch #SecKerry and five former Secretaries of State give remarks at the groundbreaking for the new center, live at state.gov.

During his long Foreign Service career, Ambassador Ryan Crocker served as U.S. Ambassador to #Lebanon, #Kuwait, #Syria, #Pakistan, #Iraq, and #Afghanistan. On December 19, 1998, while serving in Syria, protestors breached the embassy compound walls and damaged portions of his residence. The damage included this commission, which is a document that gives a diplomat the authority of his or her government to act in a certain official capacity. This artifact and others will reside at the new US Diplomacy Center. Join us on Wednesday at noon ET to watch #SecKerry and five former Secretaries of State give remarks at the groundbreaking for the new center, live at state.gov.

Secretary Kerry is currently in Kabul, on the first stop of his trip to Afghanistan, Burma, Australia, Solomon Islands, and Hawaii. Read more about his trip here and find more photos here!

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
We live in a complex world and at a challenging time. And none of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership…if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges.
President Obama in his remarks on foreign policy challenges, July 16, 2014.
We support you. We are proud of you. We stand in awe of your service.
President Barack Obama to the Troops at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, May 25, 2014

On May 25, 2014, President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, where he spoke to U.S. service members and civilian personnel and thanked them for their service.

This morning, Secretary Kerry met with female journalists from Afghanistan who are visiting the U.S. on an International Visitor Leadership Program. Check out more photos from their meeting on Flickr!

This morning, Secretary Kerry met with female journalists from Afghanistan who are visiting the U.S. on an International Visitor Leadership Program. Check out more photos from their meeting on Flickr!

Afghan Women on the March

On my very first trip to Kabul as secretary of state, I met Roya Mahboob, and she’s changing Afghanistan. Roya is chief executive of the software development firm Citadel. Roya is chief executive of the software development firm Citadel. She’s one of Afghanistan’s most successful Internet entrepreneurs. 

“You have to show everybody that men and women are equal,” Roya told Newsweek last year. “Women can do something if you allow them. Give them opportunity and they can prove themselves.”

Afghan Women aren’t stopping. They’re marching forward and we all need to march with them
Secretary Kerry on Afghan Women in OpEd in Politico. 

Listen to Secretary Kerry’s Morning Edition interview on npr with about Afghanistan and Syria.