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Today, President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Kersti Kaljulaid of #Estonia, President Ra…

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:01

Today, 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.

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, energy, and cultural partnerships.

Together with our allies, we look forward to celebrating the 100th anniversaries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania’s independence this year. Throughout decades of Soviet occupation, the United States never ceased to recognize the sovereignty of the Baltic States.

We admire all that Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have accomplished these past 100 years and the United States looks forward to continuing our strong partnership in security and prosperity in the years to come. https://go.usa.gov/xQYMe

The United States-Baltic Summit: Celebrating 100 Years of Partnership

The United States-Baltic Summit will reinforce the strong ties between the United States and the three Baltic nations.

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In June 1947, Secretary of State George Marshall offered U.S. assistance to a distressed Europe an…

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 19:34


In June 1947, Secretary of State George Marshall offered U.S. assistance to a distressed Europe and laid the groundwork for a recovery plan which created bonds that have linked the continent with the United States ever since.

Secretary Marshall enlisted popular and Congressional support for this idea, which resulted in the Economic Cooperation Act – informally known as the Marshall Plan – being passed by Congress in March 1948. This action approved funding that would eventually rise to nearly $13 billion for the rebuilding of Western Europe and was signed by President Truman on April 3, 1948. The Marshall Plan also institutionalized and legitimized the concept of U.S. foreign aid programs, which have become an integral part of U.S. foreign policy. It remains one of the most successful foreign policy initiatives in U.S. history and a model of effective diplomacy. The ideas that Marshall’s plan embodied — of reconciliation, American responsibility and generosity, and the interconnected world economy — still resonate today, 70 years after the plan was signed into law. https://go.usa.gov/xQYJ5

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Marshall Plan: A Legacy Remembered

On April 3, 1948, President Harry Truman signed into law the Economic Cooperation Act, commonly known as the Marshall Plan.

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Over the past three years, the Baylor College of Medicine team has developed and tested the Emerge…

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:41

Over the past three years, the Baylor College of Medicine team has developed and tested the Emergency Smart Pod, a rapidly deployable treatment center that can serve as an isolation unit for patient care during infectious disease outbreaks, such as the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Each pod can be shipped directly to its destination by boat, truck, or air, and assembled in less than five minutes with a team of four people. In addition, multiple pods can fit together like Legos to create larger medical clinics.

Emergency Smart Pods — Transforming Containers into Modern Medical Clinics

Part five in USAID's series on Grand Challenge female innovators featuring Sharmila Anandasabapathy, who developed a ‘Lego-like’ solution for patient care.

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American energy is central to the U.S. National Security Strategy, which notes that “exports of ou…

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:39

American energy is central to the U.S. National Security Strategy, which notes that “exports of our energy resources, technologies, and services help our allies and partners diversify their energy sources and brings economic gains back home.” In other words, by leveraging the United States’ abundant energy resources, we stimulate our own economy while also helping key countries become more stable, prosperous, and energy secure.

Our partnership with India on energy is a great example of the United States’ “all of the above” approach to energy, which includes traditional sources like coal, oil, and gas, as well as renewables and nuclear.

The United States views India as a key partner in promoting our shared strategic energy security goals regionally and globally, and we are working closely with India to find policy and regulatory solutions to scale up investment for a diversified energy economy. It is an honor to play a role in such a vibrant partnership that also brings concrete benefits to the American people.

U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas: Helping our Friends and Allies while Boosting the U.S. Economy

The U.S. Mission in India was pleased to welcome the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Mumbai as part of a 20-year contract with Houston-based Cheniere Energy.

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On March 12, the "Shanti Doot 4", or Ambassador of Peace, peacekeeping training exercise concluded…

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:37

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 countries. Nearly half were members of the Bangladeshi military, along with 500 other personnel from countries in all regions of the globe that have traditionally played a significant role in peacekeeping operations. Fifty U.S. service members from the Idaho National Guard and other units also participated.

'Shanti Doot 4' Training Exercise Prepares Peacekeepers for Real-World Challenges

The "Shanti Doot 4" peacekeeping training exercise recently concluded in Bangladesh, providing a unique opportunity to prepare peacekeepers for the kinds of challenges they will face in real-world peacekeeping operations.

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President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of #Japan to Mar-a-Lago from Apri…

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:37

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of #Japan to Mar-a-Lago from April 17-18, 2018. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe’s third summit meeting will reaffirm the United States-Japan alliance as a cornerstone of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The two leaders will discuss the international campaign to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea in advance of President Trump’s planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will explore ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade and investment ties between the United States and Japan, two of the world’s wealthiest and most innovative economies.

Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to Mar-a-Lago from April 17-18, 2018. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe’s third summit meeting will reaffirm the United States-Japan alliance as a cornerstone of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The two leaders will discuss the international campaign to maintain maximum …

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Could you be the next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations? Created to elevate youth voices i…

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:25

Could you be the next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations?

Created to elevate youth voices in the global policy dialogue, the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN is a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and UN Association of the USA. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues.

As a correspondent between U.S. missions to the UN and American youth, the Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates at international organization meetings.

Applications to be the 2018-2019 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations are now open. Apply by Sunday, April 29, 2018. https://goo.gl/FfnbFV

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March was Women’s History Month. As we celebrated the historic contributions of women to society d…

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 15:27

March was Women’s History Month. As we celebrated the historic contributions of women to society despite unprecedented challenges, it was 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.
https://go.usa.gov/xQYXn

Celebrating #WomenInDiplomacy in the East Asia and Pacific Region

Throughout March, the Department’s EAP Bureau highlighted some of the amazing women who are making their mark in U.S. diplomatic efforts across the East Asian and Pacific region.

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Did you miss the latest foreign policy developments? Catch up on key moments with "This Week at St…

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 22:40

Did you miss the latest foreign policy developments? Catch up on key moments with "This Week at State." More: https://go.usa.gov/xQYgC

This Week at State: March 30, 2018

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The U.S. Mission in #India welcomed the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) as part…

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 20:02

The U.S. Mission in #India welcomed the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) as part of a 20-year contract with Houston-based Cheniere Energy. Our partnership with India on energy is a great example of the United States’ “all of the above” approach to energy, which includes traditional sources like coal, oil, and gas, as well as renewables and nuclear. https://go.usa.gov/xQYxG

U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas: Helping our Friends and Allies while Boosting the U.S. Economy

The U.S. Mission in India was pleased to welcome the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Mumbai as part of a 20-year contract with Houston-based Cheniere Energy.

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When the Department of State began implementing its first department-wide policy on evaluation in …

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:53

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). Learn how the Department's evaluation methods have evolved over the years: https://go.usa.gov/xQYar

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 stakehold

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Through USAID, scientists are following the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika through t…

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:37

Through USAID, scientists are following the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika through the use of mobile technology in order to deliver new data sources to health officials & help communities better understand their environment and mitigate risk.
https://go.usa.gov/xQYcU

Arming Citizen Scientists With an App to Identify Zika Carriers

Part four in USAID's series on Grand Challenge female innovators featuring Rusty Low 's effort to empower students to help reduce the risk of vector-borne diseases.

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As we close #WomensHistoryMonth, the Department of State is proud to shine a spotlight on the wome…

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:35

As we close #WomensHistoryMonth, the Department of State is proud to shine a spotlight on the women who work tirelessly to prevent the spread of WMDs and take center stage in policymaking decisions and represent the U.S. government in the international arena.
https://go.usa.gov/xQYck

International Security is a Shared Responsibility

This Women's History Month, the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation spotlights women who work tirelessly to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

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Joint Statement by the United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Republic of Kor…

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 16:00

Joint Statement by the United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Republic of Korea Minister for Trade Hyun Chong Kim

Today, Ambassador Lighthizer and Minister Kim are pleased to announce that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on the general terms of amendments and modifications to the United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).  The nations have also agreed on terms for a country exemption for the Republic of Korea from tariffs imposed on steel imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 9705, as amended.

At the instruction of the Ministers, negotiators are finalizing the terms of the KORUS FTA negotiations, which are subject to domestic procedures in both nations before provisions can be brought into force.  The revised agreement addresses issues related to investment, tariffs, trade in automobiles, and trade remedies.  Additional progress was made in the areas of pharmaceuticals, customs and textiles to smoothly implement the KORUS FTA. 

The arrangement with respect to steel imports is expected to take effect on May 1, 2018.

This represents important progress in improving U.S.-Korea trade and economic relations, based on their strong and enduring security relationship.

Joint Statement by the United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Republic of Korea Minister for Trade Hyun Chong Kim | United States Trade Representative

Today, Ambassador Lighthizer and Minister Kim are pleased to announce that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on the general terms of amendments and modifications to the United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).

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Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon delivered remarks at the Tashkent Conference …

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:58

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon delivered remarks at the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Security Cooperation, and Regional Connectivity. Read his full remarks here: https://go.usa.gov/xQryj

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Are you curious about how to make your business more inclusive? In our video series “Diversity in …

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:48

Are you curious about how to make your business more inclusive? In our video series “Diversity in Business” we talk with successful entrepreneurs about how to do well by doing good: https://go.usa.gov/xQrmt

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?

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For the last ten years, Sister Berini has performed extraordinary acts of heroism from her Catholi…

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:47

For the last ten years, Sister Berini has performed extraordinary acts of heroism from her Catholic mission in Bocaranga in the Central African Republic. During the very worst periods of violence, when aid organizations recalled their staff and embassies evacuated their citizens, Sister Berini remained.

In 2014, armed militants entered Sister Berini’s mission, where she sheltered villagers and staff. They threatened to kill her if she did not cooperate, even shooting at her feet. She told them: “I am here. Kill me. I am not afraid.” As the group ransacked the mission, she sent the youngest sisters and staff into the hills and stayed behind to help a villager successfully give birth.

Sister Berini’s incredible devotion to human dignity is born simply out of her faithful desire to serve.
https://go.usa.gov/xQrmF

Women Religious: The Unsung Heroes of the Catholic Church

During Holy Week and at the conclusion of Women's History Month, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich reflects on women religious efforts to advance peace and stability in our world.

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Today marks the beginning of baseball season in the United States. Major League teams across the c…

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:45

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 sunshine during baseball season -- they’re also sharing this time-honored tradition with new friends from around the world through exchange programs. In honor of Opening Day, here are some stories of how America’s favorite pastime has impacted exchange participants and broadened their understanding of American culture and values. https://go.usa.gov/xQrmA

Exchange Participants and Alumni Experience the Best of America Through Baseball

In honor of Opening Day, here are some stories of how America’s favorite pastime has impacted exchange participants and broadened their understanding of American culture and values.

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The U.S. welcomes today’s signing of an agreement concluding Phase I of Poland’s purchase of the P…

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 21:32

The U.S. welcomes today’s signing of an agreement concluding Phase I of Poland’s purchase of the Patriot missile defense system. This agreement will strengthen the security and capabilities of the U.S., #Poland, and #NATO, and it will create jobs in the U.S. and Poland. https://go.usa.gov/xQr4G

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Violent extremism is on the rise in Africa. The number of violent events linked to African extremi…

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 14:31

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 than in Africa’s Sahel. This semi-arid scrub land south of the Sahara Desert is home to violent extremist organizations (VEOs) that prey on community marginalization, lack of government presence, and lack of accountability for security force human rights violations and abuses to recruit vulnerable followers.
https://go.usa.gov/xQCug

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