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.

President Obama Discusses U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy
Today at National Defense University, President Obama laid out the framework for U.S. counterterrorism strategy as we wind down the war in Afghanistan.

President Obama discussed how the threat of terrorism has changed substantially since September 11, 2011, and explained his comprehensive strategy to meet these threats.  MORE

U.S. Secretary of State delivers remarks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani before their meeting in Tervuren, Belgium on April 24, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/04/207920.htm

A photo board with photos of Anne Smedinghoff, a Foreign Service Officer killed in Afghanistan, stands in the Diplomatic Lobby of the U.S. Department of State on the day of her wake, April 16, 2013. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

A photo board with photos of Anne Smedinghoff, a Foreign Service Officer killed in Afghanistan, stands in the Diplomatic Lobby of the U.S. Department of State on the day of her wake, April 16, 2013. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]