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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference after meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David in Maryland.

Audio A Successful Summit

President Obama reaffirmed the U.S.’s “iron-clad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners.” More

The U.S. welcomes the signature by armed groups of an agreement to halt the recruitment of child soldiers.

Audio Deal to Disarm Raises Hope in C.A.R.

Rival militant groups in the Central African Republic have agreed on an accord that requires them to disarm, raising hopes of finally restoring peace and bringing reconciliation to the troubled nation. More

A civilian jumps over a burning barricade of rocks erected by residents to protect themselves from police, in a northern district of the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi, May 14, 2015.

Audio Burundi Political Crisis Takes a Violent Turn

We urge all stakeholders to take the steps necessary to create the conditions required for peaceful, timely, credible and transparent elections. More

Relatives mourn over the coffins of people killed in a bombing in Bulgaria as the remains arrived back at an airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 20, 2012.  A man carried out a deadly suicide attack on a bus full of Israeli vacationers on Wednesday i

Audio Three Hezbollah Operatives Designated Terrorists

The organizers of the Burgas attack were identified as Meliad Farah, also known as Hussein Hussein, and Hassan el-Hajj Hassan. More

Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA take shade under a tree in the desert near Tabankort, Mali, Feb. 13, 2015.

Audio Renewed Violence Threatens Mali Peace Process

Violence continues to flare in areas of northern Mali despite concerted efforts to end years of insurgency with a negotiated peace. More

More Security and Defense Editorials

Audio Unity Will Defeat Terrorism in East Africa

The area’s peace and stability are vital to the security of all of Africa, and for the United States, too.

Audio Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons

“Can we really create a future in which nuclear weapons exist only within the pages of history books? The answer is yes.”

Audio New U.S.-Japan Security Agreement

The United States and Japan stand together in calling for disputes in the region to be resolved peacefully.

Audio DRC Political Crackdown Threatens Constitutional Rights

As many as 40 activists, musicians and journalists were arrested in the capital Kinshasa on March 15.

Audio Moving Ahead on Missile Defense

The United States and NATO remain committed to establishing a more capable ballistic missile defense to protect Europe from the threat posed by ballistic missiles from the Middle East.

Audio Concern Over Release of Suspected Terrorist

The United States is gravely concerned over the release on bail of the suspected planner of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Audio Obama at Summit of the Americas

At his first Summit of the Americas in 2009, President Barack Obama promised a new chapter of engagement in Latin America based on equal partnerships to address shared challenges.

Audio In Northern Triangle, Reducing Crime is the First Step

While conditions in Central America remain challenging, the region could be close to transformative change.

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.

Audio Ethnic, Religious Minorities Under Attack in Mideast

ISIL or DAESH is waging a deadly campaign to eradicate all ethnic and religious groups that do not share its gross distortion of Islam, or their cultural ideals.

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.

Audio Blinken at Atlantic Council

A top concern facing the NATO alliance is Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Audio An Historic Vote in Nigeria

The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria and their government on the historic and largely peaceful elections the weekend of March 28.

Audio Tunisians Defy Terrorists

Leaders from across the world joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on March 29 in a march to defy terrorism, demonstrate unity, and celebrate democracy.

Audio A Critical Milestone Reached Over Iran's Nuclear Program

“This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon."

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.

Audio Driving ISIL Out of Tikrit

At one point, the violent extremist group ISIL, also known as DAESH, controlled about one third of the territory of Iraq, and much the same in Syria.

Audio Planning for Stabilization Efforts in Iraq

John Allen, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, spoke recently about how Iraqi areas which are becoming liberated from ISIL can be stabilized, restored and rebuilt.

Violations of Minsk Agreement Continue

The February implementation plan of the Minsk agreement between Russia and Ukraine continues to be flouted by the actions of Russia and Russia-backed separatists.

Audio Condemnation of Attacks Against Christians in Pakistan

The United States joined nations and leaders around the world in condemning the attack on two Christian churches in Lahore, Pakistan by suicide bombers.