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Democracy and Governance

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement to lawmakers  after its signing it in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko)

Audio Ukraine Signs Pact with European Union

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to ratify its Association Agreement with the European Union. More

Russian marines cross a road in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, Sept. 17, 2014.

Audio Crimea 'Elections' Not Legitimate

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called elections conducted in Crimea September 14th and will not acknowledge their outcome. More

President Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama

Audio Mozambique Peace Agreement Shows the Power of Negotiation

Mozambique’s president and opposition leader ratified a peace deal earlier this month that ends two-years of low level conflict throughout the country. More

Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a U.N. team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical w

Audio In Syria, Civilians Are Targets

“We call on the Syrian regime and their patrons to immediately stop the indiscriminate shelling of Jobar and countless other towns across Syria." More

FILE - An Indonesian protester shouts slogans as she holds a poster of Munir Said Thalib during a demonstration outside the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) office in Jakarta.

Audio Ten Years Since Munir's Murder

On September 7, 2004, Munir Said Thalib, an anti-corruption activist and founder of Indonesia’s Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence was poisoned while on a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. More


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Audio U.S. Assistance to Burma

Increased U.S. assistance to Burma reflects the U.S. Government’s support for Burma’s political and economic transition.
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Audio Continued Progress in Kosovo

The United States welcomes Kosovo's continued integration within the international community.
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Audio Violence In Libya Must Cease

Five countries called on all parties in Libya, including the government and all militias, to accept an immediate ceasefire, engage constructively in the democratic process, and to stop all activities that risk undermining it.
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Audio Labor Day 2014

On the first Monday of September every year, America pauses to honor its workers and the contributions they make to our nation’s strength and prosperity.
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Audio New C.A.R. Government Must Move Quickly on Democratic Transition

U.S. calls on new cabinet to include their voices in a broad-based, inclusive national dialogue.
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Audio Ceasefire Violations Continue In South Sudan

Rebels fighting the South Sudanese government seized a helicopter of a regional ceasefire monitoring team and briefly detained its members.
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Audio On Conflict Prevention

“The United Nations . . . remains the focal point for the maintenance of international peace and security. Yet, we look out at a world mired in crisis and conflict.”
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Audio New Thai Premier Should Work to Restore Democracy

The United States remains concerned about the limits that have been imposed on freedom of speech and assembly by the military.
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Audio More Russian Protesters Sentenced

The United States is deeply concerned over the sentences handed down to four more Russian protesters who participated in the Bolotnaya Square demonstrations in Moscow in May 2012.
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Audio With New Government, New Chance for Iraq

The United States welcomes Nouri al-Maliki’s decision to resign his position as Prime Minister of Iraq and to support the formation of a new, more inclusive government.
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Audio A Hopeful Step in the C.A.R.

A new prime minister has been named in the Central African Republic.
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Audio A Welcome Political Accord in Afghanistan

“Both candidates have defined a road to a unity government, and they will begin now to meet together and to map out that transition ahead."
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Audio Power at the Young African Leaders Initiative

“Democracy means government that respects the will and the rights of its people."
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Audio Summit Demonstrates U.S. Commitment to Africa

The leaders of some 50 African nations are gathering here in Washington to meet with U.S. government, business and civil society leaders to discuss trade and investment, peace and regional stability, and governing for the next generation.
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Audio U.S. Can Play A Key Role Bolstering India

A strong, prosperous India is very much in the interest of the United States.
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Audio U.S. Congratulates Indonesia on Election

Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy and largest Muslim-majority country, has a new president-elect.
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Audio Fifth Anniversary of Estemirova Murder

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the murder of human rights activist Nataliya Estemirova.
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Audio Young Leaders Will Shape Africa's Future

Five hundred young men and women from across Africa will gather in Washington next week, part of our nation’s long-term effort to support and invest in Africa’s next generation of educators, entrepreneurs, activists and leaders.
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Audio Ethiopian Bloggers Should Be Released

The U.S. reiterates its call on Ethiopia to refrain from using anti-terrorism laws as a mechanism to curb the free exchange of ideas.
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Audio A Way Forward In Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one step closer to the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power from one president to another.
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