U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the North Atlantic Council Meeting at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Illinois on May 21, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]
The United States hosted the NATO Summit May 20-21, in Chicago, Illinois. President Barack Obama welcomed leaders from NATO member and partner nations to his hometown for the Summit of the world’s most successful Alliance. At the NATO Summit, leaders discussed the next major phase of transition in Afghanistan as well as steps to ensure NATO has the capabilities necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st… more »
About the Author: Dan Feldman serves as the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Department of State.
In Afghanistan, the Administration has implemented three mutually reinforcing surges — military, civilian and diplomatic — to fulfill the national security imperative of ensuring that Afghanistan never again serves as a safe haven for al-Qaida.
We are committed to learning the lessons of history and avoiding the kind of precipitous pullout that can fuel instability. We are now in the execution phase of our strategy. We expect some continuing challenges along the way, but we are achieving the goals we set in each of these three surges — fighting, talking and building all at once.
Just two weeks ago, a Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed that provides a comprehensive framework… more »
About the Author: Suzanne Philion serves as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
It’s not every day that the State Department gets to go back to school.
Last week, we partnered with Chicago Public Schools to link Lincoln Park High School students with secondary school students in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Algeria, and Peru via video conferencing technology. Students engaged in a range of human rights-related topics in anticipation of the 12th World Summit of Nobel Laureates, taking place in Chicago from April 23-25, 2012. Juniors and seniors from Lincoln Park High School connected with English-speaking youth brought together by our U.S. Embassies in Accra, Harare, Algiers, and Lima.
These incredible students from three continents discussed a wide range of issues candidly and respectfully. They touched on serious political issues, including women’s rights, education, the Arab Spring, human rights, and access to medicine. Students also connected… more »
Today, I have the privilege to participate in a discussion as part of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Symposium on “Global Agriculture and Food Security: Progress to Date and Strategies for Success.” The Chicago Council’s efforts have been instrumental in elevating global food security as a U.S. policy priority. We are grateful to them for the opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made so far and remaining challenges we all face in tackling this issue.
At a time when food prices are reaching all-time highs, drawing millions into poverty and undermining global stability, it is critical that we maintain our focus on establishing long-term agriculture-driven economic development.… more »