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Democracy and Governance

FILE - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and Algerian Speaker of the Senate Abdelkader Bensalah.

Audio Algiers Accord a Hopeful Step Toward Peace in Mali

Political separatists have signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government of Mali, a hopeful step toward ending decades of fighting in the troubled West African nation. More

World War II Army veteran Jimmy Bishop, Jr., 87, of Old Bridge, N.J., reacts as he looks at the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the first time on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Audio Memorial Day

Like many nations, the United States pauses each year to honor those who died in its defense through military service. More

The U.S. welcomes the signature by armed groups of an agreement to halt the recruitment of child soldiers.

Audio Deal to Disarm Raises Hope in C.A.R.

Rival militant groups in the Central African Republic have agreed on an accord that requires them to disarm, raising hopes of finally restoring peace and bringing reconciliation to the troubled nation. More

FILE - An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cyber security defense lab.

Audio A Reported New Cyberweapon for China

The U.S. is committed to protecting the internet as an open platform. More

A civilian jumps over a burning barricade of rocks erected by residents to protect themselves from police, in a northern district of the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi, May 14, 2015.

Audio Burundi Political Crisis Takes a Violent Turn

We urge all stakeholders to take the steps necessary to create the conditions required for peaceful, timely, credible and transparent elections. More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio Free Speech in Mongolia

Over the last 25 years, Mongolia has enacted reforms protecting human rights.

In Togo, Africa Marks Another Free Election

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has been sworn in for a third term leading the West African nation, following his victory in the April 25 presidential balloting.

Audio In Guatemala, Strengthening the Rule of Law

With the help of a U.N.-sponsored commission, Guatemalan prosecutors have investigated 161 government officials, leading to numerous convictions.

Audio Release Imprisoned Syrian Journalists

The U.S. calls for the immediate release of Mazen Darwish, Hani Zitani, and Hussein Ghareer.

Audio World Press Freedom Day 2015

A free and democratic society cannot exist without a free and independent press.

Audio DRC Political Crackdown Threatens Constitutional Rights

As many as 40 activists, musicians and journalists were arrested in the capital Kinshasa on March 15.

Audio Uzbek Elections Less Than Free and Fair

The March 29th Uzbek presidential election was less than free and fair, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, observer mission.

Audio In Support of Civil Society

“Civil society is the conscience of our countries. It’s the catalyst of change. It’s why strong nations don’t fear active citizens.”

Audio Obama at Summit of the Americas

At his first Summit of the Americas in 2009, President Barack Obama promised a new chapter of engagement in Latin America based on equal partnerships to address shared challenges.

Audio October Election in Burkina Faso Should Be Inclusive

Voters in the West African nation of Burkina Faso head to the polls in October to elect a new president and lawmakers from an unfairly restricted field of candidates.

Audio U.S. Supports Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka

The United States’ hope is that Sri Lanka will stay the course and continue to build the more democratic, inclusive and open society that its people so clearly desire.

Audio End the Suffering of Yarmouk

The United States calls on all parties to lift their siege of Yarmouk and allow for the safe evacuation of civilians in compliance with international law.

Audio Moving Forward Together in the Americas

Discussions between leaders meeting April 10 and 11 in Panama City will be more than about issues of diplomatic import, but also of practical matters that affect the people of the hemisphere in tangible ways in their day-to-day lives.

Audio Education Protestors Charged in Burma

The government of Burma has filed charges against 80 demonstrators arrested in the southern town of Letpadan during a protest march March 10.

Audio A New Chapter in U.S.-Afghan Relations

The United States will continue to provide budgetary support for Afghan Security Forces and will continue to participate in NATO’s train, advise and assist mission.

Audio Nigeria's Orderly Vote Needs Fair and Open Tally

It is critically important that all parties to remain calm and not resort to violence as the results are tabulated and reported.

Audio Continued Persecution of Opposition in Malaysia

Authorities detained overnight (and then released) opposition parliament member Nurul Izzah for alleged sedition – a move, according to rights activists, aimed at intimidating the opposition into silence.

Audio Nowruz 2015

​The ancient spring festival of Nowruz is currently being celebrated by millions around the world, including Iranians, Kurds, Afghans, Azeris, Americans, and the peoples of Central Asia.

Audio Lesotho's Peaceful Election a Step Forward

The recent snap parliamentary election has produced a seven-party coalition government in Lesotho.

Audio Moldova Promises Commitment to Western Trajectory

Prime Minister Gaburici has vowed to make European integration a top priority.