You can facilitate, you can push, you can nudge, but the parties themselves have to make fundamental decisions and compromises.
Secretary Kerry on Middle East Peace, April 3, 2014
We often spend so much time talking about what both parties stand to lose without peace that we actually sometimes forget to talk enough about what they stand to gain from peace.
Secretary Kerry on Middle East Peace at the World Economic Forum, January 24, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before their working dinner in Jerusalem on March 23, 2013. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before their working dinner in Jerusalem on March 23, 2013. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas bid farewell following their meeting in Amman, Jordan on March 23, 2013. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas bid farewell following their meeting in Amman, Jordan on March 23, 2013. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

President Obama’s Middle East Trip

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 20, 2013. [AP Photo]

This week, President Barack Obama is making the first trip of his second term; he will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan March 20-23, 2013. The White House will beposting updates from the road and livestreaming several of the President’s events on whitehouse.gov/live, including:

Wednesday, March 20 (2:05 PM ET) — President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu hold a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem;

Thursday March 21 (11:00 AM ET) — President Obama delivers a speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center; and

Friday March 22 (11:45 AM ET) — President Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan hold a press conference in… more »

#SecKerry To Hold First #YouthConnect Event on Inaugural Trip to Europe and the Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards U.S. Air Force Boeing 757 at Andrews Air Force Base en route to Europe and the Middle East for his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, February 24, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.

Earlier today, Secretary of State John Kerry departed on his inaugural overseas trip as Secretary of State. From February 24 to March 6, he will travel to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

The Secretary will begin his trip in London, the United Kingdom, where he will meet with senior British officials to discuss the range of bilateral and global issues on which we are closely coordinating. British Foreign Secretary William Hague already tweeted his delight to be hosting Secretary Kerry’s first overseas stop. Tweet us your thoughts…more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards a Boeing 757 at Andrews Air Force Base en route to Europe and the Middle East for his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, February 24, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards a Boeing 757 at Andrews Air Force Base en route to Europe and the Middle East for his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, February 24, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Building ‘Green’ in the Middle East

Site manager at Saudi Arabias solar village, poses at the array field, Aug. 1989. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Patrick Meyer is the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Adviser in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources.

Globally, more than half of the world’s population now lives in urban settlements, and over the next 30 years virtually all of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated in urban areas in the developing world. Energy demand will also increase — and in some countries, dramatically. Electricity demand in the residential and commercial sectors is projected to increase at 2.5 and 2 percent per year, respectively, outpacing population growth as access to electricity increases and the use of appliances and air conditioning expands. Electricity demand in the residential sector is projected to increase by nearly 90 percent globally by 2035.

Green buildings are an approach to building that meet the demands of the 21st century and have many proven benefits, including lower long-term operating costs via reduced energy consumption, reduced emissions, improved… more »

Young Middle East and North African Entrepreneurs Gather in Dubai

Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides meets with young entrepreneurs from the State Department-sponsored Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 12, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Andy Rabens is the Special Advisor for Youth Engagement in the Bureau of Near East Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

What is the common thread between a young man that launched an online hotel booking portal for tourists to the West Bank; a young woman who founded a Muscat-based Belgian-style chocolate company selling sweets made with local Omani sourced ingredients; and a young man who established a Lebanese “culture pass” that provides discounts to destinations at countless popular venues around the country? 

The answer: They are incredibly impressive and successful new additions to the burgeoning ranks of the Middle East region’s young entrepreneurs. In addition, they are three members of an equally accomplished delegation of 17 young entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa — including the countries of Iraq, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Yemen, Libya, Oman, and Jordan — who… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy 2012 Saban Forum Opening Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., November 30, 2012. [Go to http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/11/201343.htm for a text transcript.]