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On The Earthquake in Italy

On August 24, 2016, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in central Italy, killing more than 200 people. 

Take Action for Our Ocean -- Join the Meetup!

Learn more about how you can get involved in the State Department's upcoming Our Ocean Conference (September 15-16) through a Social Media Meetup.

Blue Lantern Fights Illegal Arms Trafficking

Blue Lantern -- the Department’s end-use monitoring program -- works around the world to keep U.S. made defense products from falling into the wrong hands.

Empowering Africa’s Youth

During my visit to Nairobi this week with Secretary Kerry, we met with an outstanding group of young Africans who are part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Every time I travel to Africa, I meet with YALI Fellows.

Together, Interreligious Youth Take Actions To Change The World

At a recent seminar for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) in Bangkok, Thailand, I learned about Maningning Creek, a very polluted waterway in the Philippine town of Taytay.

On Community Building and Countering Violent Extremism

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Sokoto, Nigeria -- a place with an extraordinary history of faith, tolerance, and scholarship in all of its forms.

Building Peace: Colombian Peace Presents New U.S. Business Opportunities

After decades of civil unrest, the Colombian government reached a ceasefire with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on June 23, 2016.

Time to Abolish Blasphemy Laws, Uphold Freedom of Expression

It is shocking to note that almost half of the world’s countries have laws and policies that criminalize blasphemy, apostasy, conversion, or so-called “defamation of religion.” These “crimes” are sometimes punishable by death, as is the case in 12 countries, or life imprisonment.

NOAA Training Aims To Stop Illegal Fishing within U.S. territories and International Waters

In June the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) entered into force globally, marking a major milestone in the effort to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at What It Takes to Deploy with the World’s Only International Volcano Response Team

On Christmas Eve 2008, I got a phone call that turned into a professional and personal opportunity of a lifetime. On the other end of the line: the acting director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

First Sports Envoys to Cuba Takes People-to-People Diplomacy to New Heights

Shaquille O’Neal and Kaleb Canales became the first official U.S. Department of State Basketball Sports Envoys to Cuba, taking U.S. diplomacy to new heights by forging positive ties with the people of Cuba through the unifying power of sports.

U.S.-Mexico Air Transport Agreement: A New Chapter for Travel & Trade Has Arrived

This Sunday, August 21, we welcome an exciting, new chapter in commercial aviation between the United States and Mexico -- a chapter that will help drive economic growth on both sides of the border.

Partners + WiSci = More Girls in STEAM

The 2016 Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM camp brought together nearly 100 teenage girls from Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the United States for hands-on engagement in the various science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and math fields.

No Longer Silent: Violence Against Persons with Disabilities is an Issue of Global Human Rights

A 13-year-old Tanzanian boy with albinism lost his arm and several fingers after being attacked by strangers with machetes. Three deaf women in Haiti were brutalized and killed when they decided to stay overnight at a relative’s hom...

Carrying the Torch for Gender Equality

As we watch an unprecedented number of female athletes compete on a global stage, their example can resonate in societies around the globe and can inspire a new generation of girls to believe that their dreams can become reality.

A Path Toward Peace: The United States and Norway Energize International Support for Landmine Clearance

When wars end, landmines and unexploded bombs remain behind, posing a threat to communities, as well as a serious impediment to humanitarian aid and reconstruction.

If Fighting Hunger Were An Olympic Event

If food assistance were an Olympic event, Emmanuel Ngulube would win a gold medal for his efforts to fight hunger across Africa. An officer with the Agency’s Office of Food for Peace, he has dedicated his entire career to fighting hunger across Africa.

Bolstering East African Nations’ Capacity to Counter Terrorism

We recently had the privilege to visit Nairobi, Kenya, to prepare for the third annual East Africa Joint Operations (EAJO) Capstone exercise.

Increasing the Connectivity between the United States and Argentina

Flying back from Buenos Aires with my friend and colleague, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, I was filled with gratitude.

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