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[email protected] Presents — A Walk to Remember: Commemorating Memorial Day

"The mystic cords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart… should swell into a mighty chorus of remembrance, gratitude and rededication on this solemn occasion." – Abraham Lincoln As we commemorate Memorial Day this weekend, Veterans @ State recommends taking a self-guided walk to honor our nation’s fallen heroes.  Take advantage of the numerous…
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In Memoriam: Diplomatic Couriers Who Have Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

The 100 diplomatic couriers assigned to the U.S. Department of State face long hours, endless trouble-shooting, constant travel, and the ever-present risk of road, rail, water, and air accidents. Established during the peace negotiations at the end of World War I, the Diplomatic Courier Service marks its 100th anniversary in 2018. During the past century, at least six couriers have…
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Fighting Malnutrition Through Diversified Diets

Zaina, a new mother in eastern Uganda, could tell that there was something wrong with her 8-month-old twins. Nakato and Wasswa were thinner than other children their age in the community, and they behaved differently, too. Neighbors encouraged her to seek help. “Before I brought them to this hospital, neither of my children acted like a normal baby,” Zaina explained.…
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Reshaping His ‘American Dream’ – DSS Special Agent Reflects During Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Special Agent Scott Kim grew up in a small, blue-collar town in the shadow of New York City’s metropolitan skyline. Living among predominantly Irish and Italian American families, his was the only Asian family in the neighborhood. Yet his Korean heritage was always present in his family life, due in large part to his parents’ efforts. And his appreciation of…
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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

On May 21, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks at The Heritage Foundation titled "After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy." He outlined the way forward following the President’s decision to withdraw from participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In his first major foreign policy address as Secretary of State, Pompeo presented a roadmap to…
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This Week at State: May 18, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are the highlights from This Week at State: United States Congratulates Iraqi People on Parliamentary Elections The United States congratulated the…
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Bike Diplomacy: Promoting American Culture and Education in Turkmenistan

Sometimes diplomacy means taking a message directly to the people, even if you need to bike across the country to do it. SCA_Biking_02.jpg Information Officer J.R. deLara in front one of Turkmenistan’s distinctive yurts, during a cross-country public outreach bike trip. (Photo courtesy of Alex Koch) Starting April 1, I undertook a two-week bike trip across Turkmenistan, a former Soviet…
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Exchanges and #GlobalSecurity

toward-safe-secure-world-royce-1000.jpg Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce meets with the IVLP participants. Transnational crime networks cost the global economy upwards of $870 billion per year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Criminal networks act without border restrictions, threaten regional stability, and undermine free markets. This criminal activity can harm American citizens…
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Exchange Alumni in Action: Tackling the Opioid Crisis

Last week, First Lady Melania Trump unveiled her “Be Best” initiative to promote the emotional, physical, and social health of children, one of the main pillars of which is to address opioid addiction. Alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs took on this challenge recently when they convened in Cleveland, Ohio around a common purpose: using their collective skills and knowledge…
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Italy’s Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units Trains Police for Peacekeeping Operations

As we observe National Police Week in the United States we seek to highlight the U.S. partnership with Italy’s Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU). Created in 2005, this is a joint effort to improve the quality and capability of formed police units (FPUs) deploying to United Nations (UN) and regional peace operations. FPUs are utilized for protection…
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U.S.-India Joint Training Further Strengthens Peacekeeping Missions in Africa

On Monday, May 7, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster gave remarks at the opening ceremony for the third annual UN Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP-III), a joint U.S.-India initiative to build and enhance the capacity of African troop and police-contributing countries to participate in UN and regional peacekeeping operations. He was joined by India’s Ministry of External…
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The United States and the Holy See: An Enduring Vision for Peace and Freedom

Since taking up my post as United States Ambassador to the Holy See on December 22, 2017, I’ve often been asked to explain the benefits of maintaining an embassy to the Vatican. After all, the territory of the Holy See, the government of the Roman Catholic Church, occupies less than one quarter of a square mile.  So why do we…
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This Week at State: May 11, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week?  Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are the highlights from This Week at State: President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the State of Israel to Attend the Opening of the United States Embassy in…
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Public Service Recognition Week: Highlighting Dedicated Public Servants from the Bureau of Consular Affairs

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, we would like to highlight the great work done by our colleagues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Consular Affairs is there for people during some of the most important events of their lives, documenting births, helping families after losing a loved one overseas, and many milestones in between. There is no higher…
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Reflections on My Visit with Rohingya Refugees

On April 18, I visited Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, a coastal town in southeast Bangladesh, close to the border of Burma. This was my first overseas trip as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom because of the importance of the Rohingya refugee crisis to me and this Administration. I had a chance to hear from individuals camped out…
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Diplomatic Security Service Special Agents Support Boston Marathon Security

Law enforcement officers around the world plan to honor National Police Week, which runs May 13-19, 2018 and centers on Peace Officers Memorial Day every May 15. The Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) regularly partners with federal, state, and local law enforcement at major international events. In one recent example, DSS joined thousands of counterparts to provide security…
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U.S.-Funded Explosive Hazard Clearance Restores Access to Clean Water in Iraq

In northern Iraq, fleeing ISIS militants adopted a “scorched earth” policy in many of the areas they once occupied, making it virtually impossible for civilians to return to their communities safely. In countless neighborhoods, ISIS either destroyed critical infrastructure such as power plants, water treatment facilities, hospitals, and schools, or emplaced explosive hazards to target returning Iraqis and prevent them…
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This Week at State: May 4, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are the highlights from This Week at State: Secretary Pompeo Travels to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan Secretary of State Mike…
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Where It’s Risky to Tell the Truth: Press Freedom Declines in Too Many Countries

At the turn of the century, improved internet access, greater mobile phone ownership and easy-to-use digital media platforms transformed social participation in urgent issues of the day. These tools promised to lift the voices of previously silenced citizens and journalists in a new digital landscape -- even in some of the more repressive corners of the world where access to…
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Air Quality Awareness Week: Using Data and Partnerships

Ten years ago, U.S. Embassy Beijing installed an air quality monitor on its roof. The resulting data created one of the most successful science diplomacy stories in recent history and launched a global air quality monitoring program that now has 26 participating U.S. embassies and consulates and 50 virtual Air Quality Fellows. This week, April 30 to May 5, is…
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Analysis of a Crash: First Responders Save Lives, Bolstered by U.S. Engagement

U.S. Government-funded programs and training make a real difference in the capabilities of our partners overseas. It is rare that we see multiple interventions and programs successfully come together in one event, but that occurred on March 12, 2018, at Nepal’s only international airport -- Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). As U.S.-Bangla Flight #211 from Dhaka was landing at TIA,…
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Mike Pompeo Sworn in as 70th U.S. Secretary of State

On May 2, Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State by Vice President Michael Pence in an official ceremony at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, DC. With @POTUS Donald J. Trump looking on, @VP Mike Pence ceremonially swears in @SecPompeo as America’s 70th Secretary of @StateDept. pic.twitter.com/DnIX0lqpNZ — Department of State (@StateDept) May 2, 2018…
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Keeping the Peace: Her Work Helps Prevent Crises Around the World

Running her own business is liberating for Alexa Courtney, the founder and CEO of Frontier Design Group, which is based in Arlington, Virginia and is a USAID implementing partner. However, she did not start out on a traditional entrepreneurial path. She began her career as a federal civil servant — including time at USAID and the U.S. Department of Defense…
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U.S. Assistance Enables the Safe Return of Iraqi Children to School

In June 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured Mosul and quickly seized other large swathes of land across Ninewa Province in northwestern Iraq. While some families were able to flee, many of those who were unable to escape had their lives changed forever, as they were forced to live under ISIS’s brutal regime. This was particularly…
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Secretary Pompeo Travels to NATO Foreign Ministerial and the Middle East

On April 26,  Mike Pompeo was confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of State. Just hours after his confirmation, he boarded a plane to embark on his first trip as Secretary of State. Secretary of State Pompeo traveled to Brussels, April 26 through April 27, and then to the Middle East to visit Riyadh, Tel Aviv, and Amman through April 30.…
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This Week at State: April 27, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are the highlights from This Week at State: U.S. Congratulates Winner of Paraguayan Presidential Elections In a press statement on April…
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Secretary Pompeo Travels to Brussels, Underscores U.S. Commitment to NATO

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Brussels April 26-27, where he met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and participated in the NATO Foreign Ministerial.  He departed for this trip, which would be his first trip as Secretary of State, immediately after his confirmation -- no other Secretary of State in modern history has traveled so soon after confirmation.  During the Ministerial…
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Pompeo Sworn In as Secretary of State, Departs for NATO Ministerial and the Middle East

Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service, and U.S. Agency…
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A Treasure Trove of Diplomatic Courier Antiquities Finds a Home at the State Department

For many, the term “diplomatic courier” might conjure up Hollywood images of Tyrone Power or Cesar Romero adventuring through foreign lands delivering the U.S. government’s most important communiques. But the family of the first diplomatic courier shared a piece of the real story behind the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Courier Service when they presented a treasure trove of historic…
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Fighting Malaria and Saving Lives

World Malaria Day showcases the global efforts to control and eliminate malaria. Every year on April 25, partners come together to celebrate success, recognize health workers, and underscore the need for expanded investment as well as sustained political commitment for malaria prevention, control, and elimination. On this occasion, the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development…
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10 Ways USAID Supports Routine Immunization Around the World

Every April, World Immunization Week is commemorated throughout the world to raise awareness and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases. This year, we’re raising awareness by encouraging people at every level, from the general public to the private sector, to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good. Immunization is among the most cost-effective…
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The ‘Unbreakable’ U.S.-France Alliance: President Trump Hosts French President Macron for a State Visit

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed the French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Mrs. Brigitte Macron, to the White House on April 24. The occasion marks the first official State Visit under the Trump Administration, as well as the first State Visit from France since President Francois Hollande came to Washington in 2014. Earlier today, President Trump…
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G-7 Foreign Ministers Address Global Political and Security Issues

Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to Toronto, Canada from April 21-23 to lead the U.S. delegation to the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. On April 22,  Acting Secretary Sullivan participated in the G-7 Outreach Session with Non-G7 Women Foreign Ministers, hosted by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. The G-7 foreign ministers also met to discuss Russia and Ukraine, the Middle…
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The Readout: A Conversation on Confronting the Opioid Crisis

More than 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids since 2000. President Donald J. Trump has mobilized his entire Administration to address opioid abuse by directing the declaration of a nationwide Public Health Emergency.The U.S. Department of State is working to assemble an international response to the opioid crisis.  At the 61st UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), March 12-16,…
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Connecting Communities Through English Language Education Programs

The thirst worldwide for accessible high quality English language materials and instruction is unrivaled. English is the first language in human history to have more learners than native speakers. It is the primary language of commerce, science, academia, and entertainment. Almost all information and communication on the Internet is in English.  Blaire-Hart_resize.jpg Blaire Hartwas an English Language Fellow in Hyderabad,…
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U.S. Diplomats Celebrate Earth Day 2018

On April 22, American diplomats serving around the world joined their counterparts and local communities in celebrating Earth Day. This year, U.S. diplomats highlighted the need to curb the dramatic growth in the world's mismanaged waste and marine debris. These are some of the ways that embassies and consulates participated. April 22 marks #EarthDay. This Earth Day, the United States highlights the need…
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Earth Day 2018: Managing Mismanaged Waste and Marine Debris

On April 22, the United States joins countries around the world in celebrating the 48th annual Earth Day, widely viewed as the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day began in the United States in 1970 as a response to public concern over rising pollution levels and anger over a massive oil spill near Santa Barbara,…
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This Week at State: April 20, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are key moments from This Week at State: United States Explains Allied Strikes in Syria, Outlines Next Steps Following the April…
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State Department Releases Annual Human Rights Reports

Today, the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (Human Rights Reports). The Human Rights Reports document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. They are required by U.S. law and are used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the Executive branch, and the Judicial branch…
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The Summit of the Americas Advances U.S Leadership in the Western Hemisphere

On March 30th, I was sworn as the new U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of Americas States (OAS). Four days later, I hopped on a plane for my first official act -- representing the United States as part of its official delegation to the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. The Summit of the Americas is a…
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Making Progress in Vienna Against a Crisis Facing America

Last month in Vienna, countries met during the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to tackle the world’s most pressing drug-control challenges. These include, as we in the United States know all too well, the great threats posed by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and its analogues. During this important global gathering, the United States called on countries to implement…
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A Strong U.S.-Japan Alliance: President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Abe for Official Working Visit

President Donald J. Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for summit meeting at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on April 17 and 18th. The two leaders, joined by Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan and other senior U.S. and Japanese government officials, affirmed their strong determination to strengthen our shared resolve on North Korea, and increase the capability of…
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Strong Health Systems Increase Access to Quality Health Care for All

When people are healthy, nations have a chance to prosper and develop. If mothers die in childbirth and newborns do not make it to their fifth birthday, nations suffer because they are deprived of their most important asset: their people. Let’s face it: In the 21st century, no one should die of preventable causes, let alone because of childbirth or…
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Remembering the 1983 Suicide Bombings in Beirut: The Tragic Events That Created the Diplomatic Security Service

On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber detonated a one-half-ton pickup truck laden with 2,000 pounds of TNT near the front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans. It was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission to date, and changed the way the U.S. Department of State secured its resources and executed…
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Remembering Barbara Bush

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character.  As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family.  Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances.  In the…
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Three Women Who Are Bridging the Digital Gender Divide

Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones, and the gap between men and women’s uses of the Internet has grown steadily over the past three years. This digital gender divide is reinforcing existing socioeconomic gaps between women and men. On International Women’s Day 2018, USAID convened many of our U.S. Government colleagues who are…
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The Readout: A Conversation on Holocaust Issues

In the latest edition of "The Readout," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas K. Yazdgerdi and Zygmunt Rolat, a Polish Jewish citizen who survived the Holocaust, immigrated to the United States, and became a founding donor of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built on the site of the Warsaw…
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Shaping the Next Generation of Georgian and U.S. STEM Leaders

Through an innovative partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Georgia Compact is shaping the next generation of Georgian and U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders. The compact offers the opportunity for Georgia’s best and brightest young adults to pursue U.S. bachelor’s degrees in subjects such as chemistry and computer engineering without leaving their home…
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Ambassador Haley Addresses Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivered remarks during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on military strikes in response to Syria's chemical weapons use. Ambassador Haley said, "This is our fifth Security Council meeting in the past week to address the situation in Syria. A week has gone by in which we have talked.…
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North Atlantic Council on Actions Taken Against Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

In a rare Saturday session on April 14, 2018, the North Atlantic Council issued a statement of support for the joint military action conducted by France, the United Kingdom, and the United States in Syria. Allies expressed their "full support for this action intended to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter further chemical weapon attacks against the…
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United States, Allies Strike Syrian Regime's Chemical Weapons Capabilities

President Donald Trump directed the military to conduct operations, in consonance with our allies, to destroy the Syrian regime's chemical weapons research, development,  and production capabilities. On Aprli 13, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States took action to strike the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure. In an address to the nation, President Trump said, "The purpose of our actions tonight…
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This Week at State: April 13, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are the highlights from This Week at State: United States Condemns Chemical Attack in Syria The United States strongly condemned the…
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Partnering with the Americas for a More Prosperous and Secure Future for the Region

President Donald J. Trump proclaimed April 14, 2018 Pan American Day and April 8 - 14, 2018 Pan American Week. During these commemorations, the President recognized the 128th anniversary of the First International Conference of American States, which concluded 70 years ago on April 14th, and paved the way for the establishment of the Organization of American States in 1948. On this milestone anniversary of…
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State Department Channels Veterans

Transitioning out of the military was a difficult choice for me after spending nearly eight years on active duty. I only had 12 more years to go before retirement, but I felt it was time to move on and serve the public in a different capacity -- as a civilian. I knew I wanted to pursue a career with the…
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Four Stories of the Power of Innovation

Since 2011, USAID has launched 10 Grand Challenges for Development to mobilize governments, companies and foundations around important issues. Through these programs, USAID and public and private partners bring in new voices to solve development problems. They source new solutions, test new ideas and scale what works. This has included Making All Voices Count (MAVC)  --  a global initiative that harnessed the…
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Collective Trauma and Challenges to Diplomacy

There are currently more than 300 million people around the world suffering from depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental illnesses. Though treatment is available, close to two-thirds of people suffering from a mental illness never seek help from a medical professional. Last week, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor hosted a Facebook Live event with Dr.…
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United States Condemns Syria Chemical Attack

The United States strongly condemns the April 7 chemical attack in Douma, Syria, allegedly targeting a hospital. In his remarks before a cabinet meeting on April 9, President Donald J. Trump condemned the "heinous attack on innocent Syrians with banned chemical weapons," adding, "we are studying that situation extremely closely."  [email protected] Trump condemns the heinous attack on innocent Syrians with banned…
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This Week at State: April 6, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are the highlights from This Week at State: Deputy Secretary Sullivan Assumes Title of Acting Secretary of State On April 1,…
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Slow But Steady: Taking Steps Toward Nuclear Disarmament

Last week, State Department officials traveled to Stockholm, Sweden for meetings with experts from 21 countries and the European Union to discuss verification challenges related to future nuclear disarmament as part of the work under the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV). An often overlooked aspect of nuclear disarmament is the technical processes by which countries could dismantle their…
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Are We Ready for the Next Outbreak?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza, a historic pandemic that infected 500 million people around the world and claimed the lives of between 50 to 100 million. This devastating outbreak is the centerpiece of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s upcoming exhibition “Outbreaks: Epidemics in a Connected World.” The exhibit, which begins in May, will…
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Making the World Safer from Health Threats

As we prepare to mark World Health Day on April 7, we celebrate the tremendous contributions of the United States government – and the American people – in creating a more secure world safe from disease through programs like the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Today, thanks to American leadership and the generosity of the American people,…
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The Value of the U.S.-European Alliance: From the Marshall Plan to Today

Seven decades ago, Americans made a decision to rebuild Europe after the Second World War. The six years of fighting that followed Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939 left much of the European continent in ruins. Many of Western Europe’s largest and most famous cities were rubble. Most of continental Europe’s men between the ages of 15 and 60 were…
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Embassies Join Forces to Promote Mercury-free Gold Mining in Colombia

Colombia is the fourth-largest gold producer in Latin America by volume, and gold mining remains the heart and soul of many communities throughout the country. While Colombia produced 68 tons of gold in 2016, only 14 tons were produced by a handful of licit operations. The remaining 80 percent, or 54 tons, were mined and sold illegally, either by transnational…
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Marking the First Anniversary of Sarin Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria

April 4 marks the one year anniversary of the sarin chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria. In a statement, the United States marked the occasion by remembering the victims and calling for accountability for those behind the attack, and by renewing its calls to end the use of chemical weapons around the world. One year ago today, the #Assad regime…
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U.S. and India Work Together to Support Zambia Peacekeeper Training

The United States and India jointly provided medical training to build the capacity of Zambian military personnel who were preparing to deploy to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. This collaboration between the United States and India marked an important step in the growing peacekeeping relationship between the two countries, and provided critical training to the Zambian…
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UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

April 4th is the United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which provides an opportunity for the world to reflect on both the progress made and the challenges that remain in clearing landmines and unexploded ordnance. These explosive remnants of war still endanger civilians in more than 60 states and other areas. The United States…
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The Voices of Religious Freedom

In celebration of International Religious Freedom Day on January 16th, the Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF) in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State hosted a series of Religious Freedom panel discussions on Facebook Live. Read on to learn more about the conversations and to view the events. Modeling Interfaith Actions and…
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Elevate Youth Voices: Be the Next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations

As the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, I have had the opportunity to meet so many passionate young people across the United States and the world. Being part of such a vibrant, optimistic generation has given me a renewed sense of hope for our future. Throughout my time in this position, I’ve met countless young people who are…
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Celebrating the Anniversary of the Marshall Plan: A Legacy Remembered

Secretary of State George Marshall joins in a procession before speaking at Harvard University on June 5, 1947.(Associated Press) Secretary of State George Marshall joins in a procession before speaking at Harvard University on June 5, 1947. (Associated Press) In June 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech to the graduating class at Harvard University and issued a call for a comprehensive program to rebuild Europe. Europe had been devastated by years of conflict during World…
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'Shanti Doot 4' Training Exercise Prepares Peacekeepers for Real-World Challenges

On March 12, the "Shanti Doot 4", or Ambassador of Peace, peacekeeping training exercise concluded in Bangladesh, providing a unique opportunity to prepare peacekeepers for the kinds of challenges they will face in real-world peacekeeping operations. This annual two-week-long exercise, hosted at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT), brought together over 1,000 participants from more than 30…
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The Readout: A Conversation on Economic and Business Measures at the State Department

In the latest episode of "The Readout", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert talked with Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh. During their conversation, Assistant Secretary Singh outlined 2018 policy goals for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. The Assistant Secretary highlighted that the President's National Security Strategy underscores "economic security is national security." She…
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The United States-Baltic Summit: Celebrating 100 Years of Partnership

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania to the White House on April 3, 2018.  The United States-Baltic Summit will reinforce the strong ties between the United States and the three Baltic nations. Our leaders will discuss how best to strengthen our security, business, trade,…
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Emergency Smart Pods — Transforming Containers into Modern Medical Clinics

Sharmila AnandasabapathyDr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy works with a team at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas to harness the power of technology to solve medical problems in remote places around the globe that have scarce resources. The Emergency Smart Pod is a great example of this approach. “I had this idea for developing amobile, expandable, low-cost shipping container for performing medical procedures…
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Celebrating #WomenInDiplomacy in the East Asia and Pacific Region

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. As we celebrate the historic contributions of women to society despite unprecedented challenges, it’s also important to recognize the stories of rising women leaders today who play an integral part in American innovation and productivity for the future generation. Throughout March, the Department’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (EAP) highlighted…
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This Week at State: March 30, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are key moments from This Week at State: U.S. Takes Action To Hold Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior On March…
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U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas: Helping our Friends and Allies while Boosting the U.S. Economy

Today, my colleagues at the U.S. Mission in India were pleased to welcome the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) as part of a 20-year contract with Houston-based Cheniere Energy. Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Patrick Santillo and U.S. Consul General in Kolkata Craig Hall joined the Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradham at the…
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Passover in Israel: Next Year in Jerusalem

Passover begins this Friday evening, and Embassy staff members in Israel – along with much of the country – are preparing for the holidays. With the holiday travel, Embassy Tel Aviv’s non-immigrant visa unit sees an increased in demand for visas in the month leading up to Passover. The State of Israel recognizes the final Friday of the holiday (April…
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Establishing, Monitoring, and Refining an Evaluation Policy at the Department of State

When the Department of State began implementing its first department-wide policy on evaluation in 2012, it did not do so in a vacuum.  The Department engaged with key congressional and partner stakeholders on how best to advance our evaluation efforts, including participating in early discussions on what was to become the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA) and briefing…
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International Security is a Shared Responsibility

As we close this year’s Women’s History Month, the Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) is proud to shine a spotlight on the women who work tirelessly to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). ISN leads the Department’s efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological WMD, their delivery systems, and destabilizing…
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Exchange Participants and Alumni Experience the Best of America Through Baseball

Today marks the beginning of baseball season in the United States. Major League teams across the country are stepping up to the plate and playing their first regular season games of the year, and for many Americans that crack of the ball hitting the bat is the true herald of spring. Luckily, Americans aren’t the only ones basking in the…
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Women Religious: The Unsung Heroes of the Catholic Church

Last week I had the distinct honor to join First Lady Melania Trump to pay tribute to ten remarkable women at the 2018 International Women of Courage award ceremony in Washington D.C. This annual award is given to women from around the world who show extraordinary courage and heroism to advocate for peace, justice, and human dignity, often at great personal risk.…
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Diversity In Business

Want to learn how to be a successful entrepreneur? Are you curious about how to make your business model broader and more inclusive? In our video series “Diversity in Business” we talk to a range of successful entrepreneurs on all topics relating to business and human rights -- from how to start your business to how to amplify voices that…
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Arming Citizen Scientists With an App to Identify Zika Carriers

Rusty LoweThe pace of progress in global health is determined by our ability to seed, nurture and spread innovation. Through Grand Challenges for Development, USAID uncovers promising ideas and applies rigorous, market-oriented approaches to cut the time it takes to transform ideas in a lab to impact on the ground. Rusty Low’s keen interest in investigating habitats has taken her from archeology…
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Good Governance and Human Rights Can Help Defeat Terrorism in Africa

Violent extremism is on the rise in Africa.  The number of violent events linked to African extremist groups increased by more than 16 percent in 2017.  Throughout the year, groups like Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, ISIS, and AQIM continued to terrorize civilian populations, undermine effective governance, and threaten American interests.  Nowhere has the rise of violent extremism been more devastating…
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Reporting Tour for Journalists Emphasizes Benefits of a Strong NATO Alliance

Less than a year ago President Trump spoke at the NATO Summit about the importance of allied nations meeting the pledge made at the Wales Summit and commit to sharing the costs of maintaining the largest and most successful alliance in history in a responsible and fair way. NATO has demonstrated time and again its ability to respond quickly, effectively,…
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Virtual Book Clubs and MOOC Camps: Exploring Innovation and Resilience in Southeast Asia

Around the time that the Government of Singapore became the 2018 Chair for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and announced its themes for the year as “Resilience” and “Innovation,” I headed to the region myself, hoping to see innovation and resilience in practice. My trip to the region came on the heels of the 40th anniversary of the…
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What the Color Blue Can Reveal About Pathogens and Contamination

Katherine JinThe pace of progress in global health is determined by our ability to seed, nurture and spread innovation. Through Grand Challenges for Development, USAID uncovers promising ideas and applies rigorous, market-oriented approaches to cut the time it takes to transform ideas in a lab to impact on the ground. In the midst of the 2014 Ebola epidemic, Columbia University juniors Katherine…
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The Readout: A Conversation With the Producers of 'Last Men in Aleppo'

In the latest episode of "The Readout", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert talked with the producers of the Oscar nominated documentary "Last Men in Aleppo" in Washington, DC.  DSC01534.JPG Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks with the Producers of 'Last Men in Aleppo' at the Department of State on March 9, 2018. During their discussion, the White Helmets discussed the systematic targeting of volunteers…
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Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 26, the Department of State announced its decision to expel 60 Russian officials from the United States, including 48 serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States and 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations. The United States will also require the Russian government to close its Consulate General in Seattle by April 2, 2018.  On March…
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Honoring the 2018 International #WomenofCourage

On March 23, the U.S. Department of State hosted the 2018 International Women of Courage Awards, honoring 10 extraordinary women from around the world. This prestigious award pays tribute to emerging women leaders from around the world who have championed human rights, women’s equality, and social progress. Here are some highlights from the ceremony: State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Hosts…
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Targeting Mosquito Genetics to Combat Zika

Molly ScheelThe pace of progress in global health is determined by our ability to seed, nurture and spread innovation. Through Grand Challenges for Development, USAID uncovers promising ideas and applies rigorous, market-oriented approaches to cut the time it takes to transform ideas in a lab to impact on the ground. By spreading diseases such as Zika, dengue and malaria, mosquitoes kill more…
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This Week at State: March 23, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are key moments from This Week at State: Secretary Tillerson Gives Farewell Remarks to State Department Employees On March 22, Secretary…
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Fifty Years Later: A Look Back on American Diplomats During the Tet Offensive

Throughout history, American diplomats have served in hazardous conditions, putting their lives in danger to protect and serve the American people and our national interests. Fifty years ago, the U.S. Embassy in Saigon was attacked at the height of the Vietnam War. To remember this anniversary, the United States Diplomacy Center hosted an event featuring an impressive lineup of panelists…
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For These Women, Survival Is Just the Start

More than two million women in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are estimated to be living with fistula, and an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 new cases develop annually. Yet the condition is almost entirely preventable, and its continuance is a sign of inequality for the world’s most vulnerable women and girls. USAID is restoring a sense of empowerment in these women…
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Mapping Freetown’s Water Pipes to Improve Service Delivery

In Freetown, Sierra Leone, technician Dennis Koroma navigates the bustling streets filled with busy vendors and honking cars to map the city’s water pipes. He can walk along many of the pipes, as they are exposed and easy to see. The buried pipes are harder to locate, but he relies on his global positioning system-enabled tablet containing maps from 1979…
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How a Simple Technology Can Deliver Equal Access to Global Health Care

The pace of progress in global health is determined by our ability to seed, nurture and spread innovation. Through Grand Challenges for Development, USAID uncovers promising ideas and applies rigorous, market-oriented approaches to cut the time it takes to transform ideas in a lab to impact on the ground. Shift Labs has a notable mission: build simple and affordable products for…
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Meet the 2018 International #WomenofCourage

The 2018 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award receipients have been announced. These 10 women will be honored during a ceremony hosted by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, featuring remarks by First Lady Melania Trump, on March 23, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. ET. Watch the ceremony live on www.state.gov and follow @StateDept on Twitter and on Facebook during the event for live…
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The Democratic Republic of Congo: A Forgotten Crisis

About 4.5 million people are displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making it one of the largest displacement crises in the world. As years of conflict further deteriorate the humanitarian situation, explore how USAID is working to reach millions of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in need of vital assistance. 1. 20-Year Humanitarian Crisis…
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Trekking Through Parts Unknown: Women Couriers Today — Part II

The Diplomatic Security Service honors the women of the Diplomatic Courier Service in the second of a two-part series in commemoration of Women’s History Month, March 2018. Since the end of the First World War, Diplomatic Couriers and their earlier iterations have helped ensure the secure delivery of classified U.S. diplomatic material to U.S. diplomatic posts throughout the world. However,…
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This Week at State: March 16, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are key moments from This Week at State: UN Security Council Briefing on Syria Ceasefire Implementation On Monday, March 12, U.S.…
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