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.

In 2013, as more people than ever sought their news through social media, the State Department expanded its digital engagement.  Our goal was, and remains, to find ways to give you more access to foreign affairs information and more opportunities to offer your opinions. Check out 13 stories, as told through social media, that shaped our world this year, and tell us what you think were the most significant foreign affairs events in 2013. 

A careful balance of strength and diplomacy gives us the best chance to reach our common goal, and to do so without having to resort to force.
Secretary Kerry at the Saban Forum, December 7, 2013

The P5+1 has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. In this video, Secretary Kerry shares an inside view of what was accomplished and the work that remains to be done. A text transcript can be found here.

Following the P5+1 talks with Iran in Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to London on November 24 to meet with U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton accompanied the Secretary as he traveled from Geneva, Switzerland, to London, U.K.  Go to state.gov for trip details and more photos from the Secretary’s travel.

Following the P5+1 talks with Iran in Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to London on November 24 to meet with U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton accompanied the Secretary as he traveled from Geneva, Switzerland, to London, U.K.  Go to state.gov for trip details and more photos from the Secretary’s travel.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a press availability after the P5+1 talks with Iran in Geneva, Switzerland on November 24, 2013. A text transcript can be found here.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shake hands earlier today in Geneva, Switzerland. For more details on the understandings reached between the P5+1 and Iran, check out this fact sheet.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shake hands earlier today in Geneva, Switzerland. For more details on the understandings reached between the P5+1 and Iran, check out this fact sheet.

With this first step, we have created the time and the space in order to be able to pursue a comprehensive agreement … to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

P5+1 foreign ministers, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif conclude negotiations about Iran’s nuclear capabilities at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, November 24, 2013. View more photos from the talks in Geneva, and read about the first step understandings regarding Iran’s nuclear program. [State Department photos/ Public Domain]

President Barack Obama says that the United States — together with close allies and partners — has taken an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program, November 23, 2013. Read the President’s full remarks here.