The President last month outlined a stepped-up U.S. response, leveraging more thoroughly the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to support the civilian-led response in West Africa. Domestically, we have prepared for the diagnosis of an Ebola case on U.S. soil and have measures in place to stop this and any potential future cases in their tracks.
Specifically, our strategy is predicated on four key goals:
  • Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
  • Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
  • Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
  • Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond, including within the United States.
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"We will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people." —President Obama on ordering American armed forces to begin targeted airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria

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"We will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people." —President Obama on ordering American armed forces to begin targeted airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria

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"I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together." —President Obama on the Congressional authorization to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can take the fight to ISIL

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"I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together." —President Obama on the Congressional authorization to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can take the fight to ISIL

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Worth sharing: 5 things you should know about our strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.

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Worth sharing: 5 things you should know about our strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.

Right now, the world has the responsibly to act, to step up, to do more.

President Obama on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, September 16, 2014

Learn more about the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic here.

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"Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud." —President Obama marking the anniversary of the September 11 attacks

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.
President Obama on the ISIL threat, September 10, 2014

Just last month, President Obama hosted a spectacular and historic summit in Washington of more than 40 heads of state from Sub-Saharan Africa. Never before had there been such an ambitious American outreach to this enormous continent, a fact all the more remarkable because it is home to more than 1 billion people­­­ — people who also happen to be current or potential consumers and partners for American businesses. When asked – as political and economic observers do of all international summits — whether the event made any difference, my answer is a resounding “yes.”

Read more about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on DipNote.

Joint Op-Ed by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron: ‘We Will Not Be Cowed by Barbaric Killers’
In a joint Op-Ed in the Times of London, U.S. President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the importance of the NATO alliance in confronting evolving challenges in the world today. The text of their Op-Ed appears below. 
 
"When Nato last met in Britain in 1990 the Cold War was ending. As Margaret Thatcher and President Bush, Sr. pledged to continue to stand together, many might have thought that a new era of peace and prosperity would make this great security alliance less relevant. But today Nato is as vital to our future as it has ever been.

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