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The Digital Development Opportunity

At last month’s Frontiers in Development Forum, we welcomed some of the world’s brightest minds and boldest leaders to discuss how to best partner to end extreme poverty.

Garuda Canti Darma: 'Indonesia Serving for Peace'

Where would you go if you wanted to see the United States coordinating the training of more than 800 peacekeepers from 21 countries?  You might think California or Texas, but you’d be wrong.  For this particular training event, you’d have to travel all the way to Indonesia to take part in Garuda

Preventing Exploitation of Migrants in the Horn of Africa

They couldn’t have been older than 16. Traveling on foot along a barren, dusty road toward Djibouti’s coastal city of Obock, the small group of Ethiopian boys were probably the farthest from home they had ever been.

Ten Years Later, Young European Leaders Continue Their Exchange

Ten years ago, young emerging European leaders from across the continent crossed the Atlantic to participate in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a professional exchange program designed to foster lasting relationships

The Importance of Giving Back

Yesterday evening, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted an Eid al-Adha reception with members of the Diplomatic Corps, government officials, civil society leaders, and members of the American Muslim community.  Though Eid al-Adha took place earlier this month, the Secretary and I were very deligh

In Sudan, Combating Human Trafficking and Assisting Vulnerable Populations

“Human trafficking is a crime like drugs and weapons trading.  We need to exert united efforts to stop it through hard punishment and international support of countries affected by the phenomena,” were the words of Sudanese Minister of Justice Mohamed Bushara Dosa at the opening of the

Feeding Our Growing Planet by Opening More Markets

When people ask pointed questions about the United States -- from its role in the world to its future in this globalized century -- they need look no further than the corn and soybean fields of Iowa and the great American heartland.

2014: A Year of Food Assistance

From the dusty plains of South Sudan to the tropics in the Philippines, the world saw a whirlwind of crises destroy lives, livelihoods and human dignity over the past year.

An Outsized Problem With a Small-Sized Solution

In the lush countryside of Burundi, you wouldn’t expect there to be chronically high rates of malnutrition. But hidden behind the walls of a family’s house, poor feeding practices, compounded by large families with kids close in age, means malnutrition lurks.

Mobile Diplomacy at State

Last year, President Barack Obama issued a directive called “Building a 21st Century Digital Government” mandating the adoption and deployment of innovative technologies for all federal agencies.

U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq

The United States strongly condemns the vicious string of suicide, vehicle borne, and other attacks that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has perpetrated in Baghdad and surrounding provinces in recent days, taking scores of innocent lives.

'Two Terms and Done'

In early August, U.S. and African leaders had their first opportunity to discuss security, economic growth, development, and good governance during the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington.

Reducing Disaster Risk for All Generations

Today is International Day for Disaster Reduction -- a day to reflect on the importance of reducing disaster risks around the globe.

Reconstructing Gaza: U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinians

Secretary of State John Kerry is on travel to Cairo, Egypt, where he is participating in an international conference for Gaza reconstruction.

The Marathon To Close the Gender Gap

Secretary John Kerry said that finding a solution to gender inequality is a marathon and not a sprint.  I’ve only recently arrived in Jerusalem but I’ve already been impressed by how boldly Palestinians are running this marathon.

Let's Confront, Not Ignore

Some subjects can be easier to ignore than confront. Sweep them under the rug and maybe they will go away.

U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship: @JohnKerry Hosts @PHammondMP in DC and Boston

This week, Secretary John Kerry welcomed British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to Washington, DC, and his hometown, Boston, Massachusetts for continued, in-person discussions on the important U.S.-U.K.

My Time on the Court With the Peace Players

Yesterday, I had the pleasure and honor to take a few minutes away from my desk and the Situation Room to play basketball with some remarkable young Israelis and Palestinians that have come together through sports to build bridges between their divided communities.

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl: Why Adolescent Girls are a Smart Investment

On Friday, the Nobel Prize Committee recognized Malala Yousafzai for her fearless advocacy on behalf of girl’s education.  Her award is a cause for celebration -- but it is also a call for action, especially as we pause this October 11 to recognize the annual International Day of the Girl.

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