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Security and Defense

People inspect a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northern town of Atareb, in Aleppo province, Apr. 24, 2014.

Audio Savagery In Syria

“The gruesome images of corpses bearing marks of starvation, strangulation and beatings, and today’s chilling briefing indicate that the Assad regime has carried out systematic, widespread and industrial killing.” More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Audio A Chance For De-escalation In Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry outlined several concrete steps agreed to by the parties with the goal of calming the situation and restoring security for all Ukrainians. More

African peacekeeping mission troops known as MISCA, listen to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 9, 2014.

Audio An Important Step Toward Peace In The C.A.R.

The United Nations Security Council voted to authorize creating an international peacekeeping force. More

Displaced children in the parish of Begoua, outside of Bangui, Central African Republic, April 4, 2014, Photo Bagassi Koura, VOA.

Audio U.S. Promotes Interreligious Cooperation In the C.A.R.

U.S. sends delegation of religious leaders to Central African Republic. More

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their meeting in Tokyo, April 5, 2014.

Audio Hagel In Japan

“The security relationships the United States enjoys in [the Asia-Pacific] region have been essential to economic growth and stability for the last 60 years." More

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Audio Humanitarian Aid At Risk In Rakhine State Violence

Tensions are high in an area of eastern Burma following attacks on the offices and residences of the United Nations.

Audio Provocations From North Korea

Recent actions serve as yet another reminder of the threat posed by the DPRK's nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs.

Audio A Strong U.S.-Saudi Relationship

The United States and Saudi Arabia have been strong partners for over eighty years.

Audio In Support Of Moldova

We see a future for Moldova where it has equally strong relations with Europe, with Ukraine, with Russia and where in fact it is a bridge of trade and commerce and education and strength across this space.

Audio NATO And Crisis In Ukraine

In order to support Ukraine economically during this crisis, NATO allies have pledged their support.

Audio Kelly On Maritime Security

The United States, positioned as it is between two great oceans, knows the importance of maritime security to the continued success of our own country, and of the rest of the world.

Audio Nuclear Summit Achievements

The recently concluded Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague has helped reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation and terrorism by helping to secure nuclear sites and eliminating vast supplies of highly enriched uranium.

Audio Global Nuclear Security

The best way to prevent terrorists from acquiring a nuclear weapon is to prevent them from accessing the nuclear material needed to build one.

Audio UN Mission Critical For Peace In South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan – known as UNMISS - protects civilians and makes it possible for humanitarian aid to reach those in need.

Audio U.S. Stands With Poland

Vice President Biden and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk reaffirmed their countries’ mutual commitments as NATO allies.

Audio U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Crimea

“The international community will continue to stand together to oppose any violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Audio In Support Of Ukraine

To help support Ukraine and the aspirations of its people, the United States is preparing a package of technical, financial and other assistance to meet Ukraine’s priority needs.

Audio Sudan Must Keep Commitments On Darfur

The Sudanese government made commitments to the United Nations and African Union to allow peacekeepers unhindered access to the region to protect civilians. These pledges must be kept.

Audio The Syrian Conflict And Extremism

In the three years since the Assad regime’s violent response turned peaceful protests into a civil war, the Syrian conflict, which began as a secular revolt against autocracy, has increasingly attracted an element of violent extremism.

Audio U.N Mission Critical For Peace In South Sudan

The United States is working on many fronts to end the political and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and to restore the troubled nation to peace and stability.

Progress On Nuclear Issues With Iran

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, reports that Iran has made progress on steps it agreed to take concerning its nuclear program.

Neutralizing Somali Pirates

Though the situation has improved, passage through the area off the coast of Somalia is still dangerous.

Audio U.S. Stands With Ukraine

In violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and a its commitments under a range of international agreements, Russian troops seized strategic assets across the Crimean peninsula.

Audio U.S. Supports Moldova

The United States expressed its strong support for Moldova's democratic and economic development during the recent visit of Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca.