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Join a Google+ Hangout on U.S. Diplomacy and World War I

The centennial of the First World War offers us the opportunity to reexamine events and better understand how the world was irrecoverably altered over the course of four years. 

Being a School Girl Should Not Be Dangerous Business

One year ago today, hundreds of girls gathered in their village’s sole secondary school. It was supposed to be closed, but a special exception -- the national exam to enter college -- opened the doors to hundreds of girls in their final year of school.

Filling the Void: Thinking About Limited Data in the Developing World

Watching baseball’s Opening Day last week reminded me of how the sport sparked my passion for numbers and statistics at an early age.

How Do You Create the Tools to Verify a World Without Nuclear Weapons?

It was six years ago this month that President Obama gave his landmark speech in Prague stating the U.S.

President Obama Meets With Cuban President Castro in Panama

President Barack Obama held a historic meeting today with Cuban President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.  Before their meeting, President Obama said:

How Guinea’s Journalists Are Fighting To Win the War Against Ebola

Before coming to USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, I worked as a TV news correspondent for more than 12 years. I covered everything from school shootings to presidential inaugurations and worked alongside some pretty incredible journalists.

Ripples of Young Voices Creating Currents Across the Americas

Robert Kennedy once said that ripples of hope had the potential to produce a powerful current with a transformative impact on the world.

Supporting Sri Lanka’s Journey Toward a Lasting Peace

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s almost 30-year civil war -- and after the conflict and challenges -- the country has grappled with how to achieve reconciliation and hold on to the traditions of democracy, tolerance and civil society for which it had long been known.

Healthier Children, Healthier Communities, a Healthier Planet: Why We Act on Climate

The science is clear that human activity is linked to climate change, and the Obama Administration recognizes the urgent need to take action.

The 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report: What Lessons and Challenges Will Shape the Post-2015 Global Education World?

2015 is a monumental year for the world's global education goals. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end this year as do the Education for All (EFA) goals which were adopted during the World Education Conference in Dakar, Senegal in 2000. 

A Dialogue Between the United States and Russia

Last month, in an interview with Kommersant, I discussed how hard it’s become for the United States to have a dialogue with the Russian government on human rights.  A week later, Russian MFA Plenipotentiary for Human Rights Konstantin Dolgov responded with an interview of his own, so it seems a d

Three Ideas Every Leader at the Summit of the Americas Needs to Hear

This year for the first time, the Summit of the Americas will include representatives from all 35 countries of the Americas. This historic level of participation is good news.

Secretary Albright Donates Artifacts to U.S. Diplomacy Center

People often ask, “What makes a good artifact?  It could be anything with a compelling story that relates directly to a diplomatic event, person, place, or goal.

World Health Day: Food Safety and Food Security

World Health Day serves as an important occasion to recognize the achievements and challenges in the global health community.

Making Progress on Health Now and Post-2015

Today, April 7th, the United States joins the World Health Organization and the rest of the world in celebrating World Health Day, and this year’s theme “Food safety: From farm to plate, make food safe.” 

The World Health Organization and the Fight Against Ebola

April 7th is World Heath Day and each year on this day we remember the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 by the United Nations.

Reflections on World Health Day

Long before “globalization” was a commonly used term, diplomats and medical professionals recognized that healthy populations required the focus and attention of all nations and the broader global community.

A Strong NPT Treaty: Our Best Hope for a World without Nuclear Weapons

Later this month, the international community will gather in New York to review the workings of the now-45-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Right Things. Right Places. Right Now.

Right things. Right places. Right now. Six simple words that are strategically guiding the largest U.S. foreign assistance program -- PEPFAR -- the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

U.S. Embassy Kabul Donates Books in Memory of Colleagues Lost in Zabul Province Attack

Today marked the second anniversary of an attack in Zabul province, Afghanistan that took the life of our friend and colleague Anne Smedinghoff while she was delivering textbooks to children in the area. Three U.S.

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