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Democracy and Governance

Sri Lankan women demonstrate against violence against women. Women have a key role to play also in Sri Lanka's reconciliation.

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. More

Residents line up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2015.

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. More

President Barack Obama speaks during the CEO Summit of the Americas panel discussion in Panama City, Panama, Friday, April 10, 2015.

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. More

Detained student protesters are seen in a prison vehicle after the violence in Letpadan March 10, 2015. Myanmar police beat students with batons and detained some of them as they broke up a group of about 200 protesters who had been locked in a standoff w

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. More

Obama US Afghanistan

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. More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

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.

Audio Another Flawed Election in Tajikistan

Tajikistan has not held what Western observers would consider a free and fair election since 1992.

Audio U.S. Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger was killed the evening of February 26 while walking through Dhaka.

Audio Venezuela Should Release Opposition Leader

The United States condemns the detention of Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma by Venezuelan security forces.

Audio Release Iranian Green Movement Leaders

U.S. joins the international community in condemning their continued detention and the harassment of their family members.

Audio New Religious Freedom Envoy

Religious freedom remains at the center of American values and is an essential component of U.S. foreign policy.

Audio Democracy Award for Ukrainian Parliamentarian

Mustafa Nayyem, Ukrainian parliamentarian and former journalist, has won the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.

Audio Further Delay Unacceptable in Nigerian Elections

The United States joins others in the international community in voicing deep disappointment in the election commission’s decision to postpone the election.

The Somali Cabinet Vote Means Important Work Ahead

Following a long delay caused by political infighting, the Somali Parliament has overwhelmingly approved Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke’s selections to head cabinet ministries.

Audio The Link Between Corruption And Violent Extremism

There is a clear link between endemic corruption and violent extremism.

Audio A Hopeful Sign in the C.A.R.

The people of the Central African Republic now have the chance re-establish peace and stability in their country.

Audio U.S. Again Calls on Russia to Release Ukrainian Prisoner

The United States has again called on Russia to release imprisoned Ukrainian parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko.

Audio Credible Election is Crucial for Nigeria

The closely contested election for president comes at a critical time.

Audio Zambia Votes

The people of Zambia have elected a new president, choosing Defense and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu to finish the term of former President Michael Sata, who died in office last fall.

Audio U.S. - India Work for the Good of the People

A close relationship between the United States and India is beneficial not only to the two strategic partner countries, but will promote security, prosperity, and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and the world as a whole.

Audio U.S. Condemns Russian-Backed Separatist Attack

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific assault on Mariupol, by Russian-backed separatists.