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  • Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly (24 September 2014)

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Fellow delegates, we come together as united nations with a choice to make. We can renew the international system that has enabled so much progress, or we can allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability. We can reaffirm our collective responsibility to confront global problems, or be swamped by more and more outbreaks of instability. And for America, the choice is clear: We choose hope over fear.  Read more »

  • Statement by the President on Airstrikes in Syria (23 September 2014)

    Good morning, everybody. Last night, on my orders, America’s armed forces began strikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Today, the American people give thanks for the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform, including the pilots who flew these missions with the courage and professionalism that we've come to expect from the finest military that the world has ever known. Read more »

  • Ambassador’s Address for Frontier Investment Conference (2 September 2014)

    Nearly 25 years old, Mongolia’s Third Neighbor policy has achieved that rarest of qualities for a national strategy: it has endured as one of two main planks of Mongolia’s foreign policy across successive administrations, during times both of economic growth and contraction.  Read more »

  • Remarks of President Barack Obama (11 September 2014)

    My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.  Read more »

  • Secretary Kerry: Threat of ISIS Demands a Global Coalition (30 August 2014)

    In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force. Read more »

  • Obama Statement, Press Briefing on Ukraine, ISIL, Other Issues (28 August 2014)

    Now, ISIL poses an immediate threat to the people of Iraq and to people throughout the region. And that’s why our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader, comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL. And that starts with Iraq’s leaders building on the progress that they’ve made so far and forming an inclusive government that will unite their country and strengthen their security forces to confront ISIL. Read more »

  • United States Mission to the OSCE: Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine (28 August 2014)

    The citizens of Ukraine celebrated the 23rd anniversary of their independence on August 24. They did so as the Russian Federation’s ongoing violations of OSCE principles and commitments, and its efforts aimed at sowing turmoil, continued to remind the Ukrainian people of how precious independence and individual freedoms—the kinds of freedoms that Russian citizens are routinely denied by their corrupt and repressive government—are. The United States reiterates its strong support for the people of Ukraine and its condemnation of Russia’s support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine and its occupation of Crimea. Read more »

  • Secretary Kerry Condemns ISIL (20 August 2014)

    James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria. He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism. Read more »

  • President Obama: James Foley's Life "Stands in Stark Contrast to His Killers" (20 August 2014)

    Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Read more »

  • Remarks by Ambassador Campbell at the Peace Corps Swearing In Ceremony (16 August 2014)

    On October 14, 1960, at 2 in the morning, Senator John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of 10,000 cheering students at the University of Michigan during his presidential campaign. In his improvised speech, Kennedy asked, "how many of you, who are going to be doctors, are willing to spend your days in Ghana? Technicians or engineers, how many of you are willing to work in the Foreign Service and spend your life traveling around the world? “ His young audience responded to his speech with a petition signed by 1,000 students – some 10% of the total audience -- willing to serve abroad. Senator Kennedy's challenge to these students-- to live and work in developing countries around the world; to dedicate themselves to the cause of peace and development -- inspired the beginning of the Peace Corps. Read more »