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Economy and Trade

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong after their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Vientiane, Laos, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

Audio Kerry on Laos

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s January 24 and 25 visit to Vientiane emphasized the deepening ties between the United States and Laos. More

Switzerland US Kerry

Audio Kerry on Corruption

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the need to fight corruption at all levels of society. More

A/S Nisha Biswal and Uzbekistan FM Abdulaziz Kamilov

Audio Assessing U.S. - Uzbekistan Relations

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal welcomed an Uzbek government delegation to Washington. More

New Chapter in U.S. - Lao Relationship

Audio New Chapter in U.S.-Lao Relationship

Partnership on issues vital to both of our nations spans inclusive economic growth, health, education, and environmental protection. More

US Cuba normalization

First Anniversary of U.S. Engagement with Cuba

A year ago this month [in December], the United States announced that it would begin to normalize its relations with the Cuban government. More

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U.S.- Sri Lanka Partnership in Development

“The United States wants to see a strong Sri Lanka, one that is a leader in the international community, contributing to the global economy, promoting human rights, justice, and democracy abroad, and helping to uphold international law."

Audio U.S. - Angola Dialogue

The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Chikoti was the second ministerial level meeting of the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue.

Audio U.S. Sanctions Hezbollah Financiers

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has targeted significant Hezbollah procurement facilitators responsible for providing material support to enhance the group’s military and terrorist capabilities.

Audio Assisting Economic Growth in Senegal

Five-year Millennium Challenge Compact will continue to have results.

Audio U.S., Central Asia Partners for 21st Century

The United States is committed to partnering with Central Asia to build democratic governments powered by free market economies and to cooperate on global challenges such as climate change and violent extremism.

Audio Daesh Profits Off Backs of the Oppressed

Undercutting DAESH’s financial strength remains a key element of the United States’ strategy to ultimately degrade and defeat ISIL.

Audio Illicit Trade - The Dark Side of Globalization

In too many countries around the world, criminals have built great empires on laundered funds to infiltrate and corrupt government institutions.

Audio Disrupting Support for a Drug Cartel

U.S. sanctions five Mexican businesses for support of Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

Audio In Latin America, Fight Against Drugs Continues

Though Bolivia and Venezuela did not make meaningful efforts to meet their obligations to international counter-narcotics agreements over the past year, four Latin American countries made commendable progress.

Audio Economic Factors in Violent Extremism

Economic disparity, often in combination with other factors, can open the door to violent extremism.

Audio Burma Drug Curbs Continue to Fall Short

Burma is one of three nations, however, that have demonstrably failed to live up to their international counter-narcotics agreements or cooperate with the U.S. in its fight against illicit drug trafficking.

Audio U.S. - Korea a Dynamic Partnership

The United States and South Korea continue to share an increasingly dynamic partnership that includes military, economic and development issues.

Audio U.S. and Pakistan Partner to Fight Drug Abuse

Program educated students on their roles in combatting drug abuse in Pakistan.

Audio Fighting High Intensity Drug Trafficking

Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, announced this month that the United States Government will provide $13.4 million in funding for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

Audio AGOA, The Next 15 Years

Fostering economic development in sub-Saharan Africa is a top priority of the United States, and the African Growth and Opportunity Act is the centerpiece of our trade policy on the continent.

Audio Partnership to Combat Illegal Fishing

New Oceans and Fisheries Partnership project will develop a system for documenting and tracing legal seafood products in the Coral Triangle region.

Audio Sixty Years of Laos Relations

This month, the United States and Laos celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations: ties that commenced soon after Laos declared its independence in 1954.