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Successful U.S.- Uzbek Partnership on HEU

Eighth shipment of highly enriched uranium from Uzbekistan since 2004, marks the removal of all HEU from the country. More

A wounded man is being carried into the General Hospital in Bangui on Sept. 26, 2015, after unknown assailants opened fire in the PK5 district, a neighborhood with a majority of Muslim residents.

Audio Opportunity for Peaceful Change in C.A.R.

A resurgence of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., raises grave concerns for that country’s political transition and respect for the human rights of all its citizens. More

Secretary Kerry Addresses the High-Level Event on Afghanistan in New York City

Audio Regional Cooperation for Afghanistan's Peaceful Development

Nations reserved their highest praise for the dedication and sacrifice of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and for those of the Afghan people. More

FILE - Men stand next to the wreckage of a tractor-trailer set ablaze by members of a drug cartel in Guadalajara, Mexico, May 1, 2015.

Audio Disrupting Support for a Drug Cartel

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

FILE - A boy reads a torn paper inside a classroom in his destroyed school in Aleppo, Syria.

Audio Syria and Commitment to International Norms

“Where order has completely broken down, we must act. But we will be stronger when we act together.” More

More Security and Defense Editorials

Audio Working Together, Nations Can Solve Problems

Over seven decades, the United Nations has forged a system of international rules and norms that is better, stronger and more stable than anything that came before it.

Audio More Aid to South Sudan

South Sudan, the world’s newest country and one of its least developed, faces many humanitarian challenges.

Audio Kaidanow on Countering Global Jihadists

The United States, said U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Tina Kaidanow, has stressed the need to diversify its approach to counterterrorism and to partner with other countries.

Audio Refugee Crisis and World Peace

On September 21st, as we observe International Day of Peace, we are reminded that nearly 60 million people globally have been displaced from their homes by war.

Audio Economic Factors in Violent Extremism

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

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 Power Grab in Burkina Faso Threatens Legitimacy

The United States strongly condemns the actions by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment against the civilian-led transition government of Burkina Faso.

Audio Russia and Assad

Russia is expanding its military support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom it has supported throughout a brutal conflict that has taken the lives of over 250,000 people.

Hamas, Hezbollah Operatives Designated Terrorists

In early September, the U.S. Department of State named as designated global terrorists, four men who pose threats to international stability.

Audio Heightened Tensions in Turkey

Tensions have been on the rise in Turkey, following a spate of violent incidents.

Audio South Sudan Ceasfire Must Hold

The United States calls on all parties to end the provocation and hostile engagement, and to focus on sustainable security arrangements at the upcoming security workshop.

Audio 9/11 Anniversary - 14 Years Later

“September 11 is a date seared into the minds of all of us at the U.S. Department of State and of citizens across America. Together, we honor the memory of the men, women, and children murdered in 2001.”

Audio Abdul Aziz Haqqani Designated Global Terrorist

Abdul Aziz Haqqani, a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to the Network’s leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has been added to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

Audio The Iran Deal Makes the World Safer

Days before the start of a Congressional vote on the deal, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the American people, emphasizing that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the most effective way to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Audio Boko Haram Strikes Again

In the final days of August, the Nigerian-based terrorist group Boko Haram carried out a half-dozen raids on villages in northeast Nigeria, reportedly killing more than 80 people.

Audio Challenges and Violence in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government and people continue to struggle to move their country toward peace and prosperity.

Audio ISIL Under Pressure

"They are shrinking their territorial gains and they are losing leaders; they are losing foot soldiers, they are losing equipment that they can’t…readily replace.”

Audio Political Resolution Needed in Syria

United Nations statement demands all parties in Syria cease attacks against civilians and end the indiscriminate use of weapons, particularly barrel bombs, in populated areas.

Audio Acting to End Violence in the Central African Republic

Despite an agreement by militant groups there to disarm, sporadic violence continues in the Central African Republic.

Audio Murder of Khaled al-Asaad

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this murder…of a man who dedicated his life to preserving Syria’s cultural treasures."