Reflecting the Views of the U.S. Government as Broadcast on The Voice of America

Democracy and Governance

From Right: Mehdi Karroubi, Zahra Rahnavard, Mir Hossein Mousavi

Audio Release Iranian Green Movement Leaders

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

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein, Secretary of State John Kerry, Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski

Audio New Religious Freedom Envoy

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

FILE - Mustafa Nayyem at the Voice of America.

Audio Democracy Award for Ukrainian Parliamentarian

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

Police provide security as people demonstrate in Abuja, Nigeria, against the postponement of Nigerian elections, Feb. 7, 2015.

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. More

FILE - Somalia’s parliament has endorsed the new cabinet of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right. He’s shown addressing delegates after being nominated for his post by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, left, in Mogadishu, Dec. 17, 2014.

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. More

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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.

Audio Obama's State of the Union

The key to American leadership, said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech, is to combine military power with strong diplomacy.

Audio Fighting Corruption Through Financial Transparency

The United States is stepping up efforts to combat government corruption, the self-dealing and out-right theft of public resources for private gain that undermines democracy, stifles economies, facilitates other kinds of crime and thwarts justice.

Audio Terrorists Strike in Paris

“The values that we share with the French people, a belief, a universal belief in freedom of expression, is something that can’t be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few.”

Audio Political Peace in Somalia

The United States welcomes the Parliamentary confirmation of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.

Audio Where is Sombath Somphone?

This month marks the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of one of Laos' most respected civil society figures.

Audio Kerry on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, as well as Afghanistan’s many international supporters, are optimistic about the future.

Audio U.S. Supports Haitians Right to Vote

The United States supports the right of the Haitian people to go to the polls to determine their future.

Audio Fighting Corruption On Multiple Fronts

Corruption affects countries around the world. Its forms and impact may vary, but the results are corrosive nonetheless, undermining democracy, stifling economies, thwarting justice, diverting resources, and ruining the futures of nations.

Audio Moving the Kosovo-Serbia Relationship Ahead

On December 9, the newly constituted Kosovo Assembly voted in a new governing coalition, ending the lengthy period of government formation since the June elections.

Audio Human Rights Day 2014

On December 10th, the global community observes International Human Rights Day, to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Audio Ukraine Forms New Government

“This sets the stage for the difficult but necessary process of implementing reforms and delivering results."

Audio Namibia Votes

The citizens of Namibia voted November 28 in Africa’s first electronic election, an example for other nations for commitment to the democratic process.

Audio China's Crackdown on Free Expression Continues

The United States remains concerned by the ongoing detention and prosecution of public interest lawyers, journalists, bloggers, religious leaders, and others who challenge official Chinese policies and actions.