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Elizabeth Bartholet and Her Personal Civil Right in Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

I don't think we are able to abolish international adoption at this moment completely, but we have to be honest about the goals of social interventions in other countries.

State Dept. Report Sharply Criticizes Clinton's Email Practices

The Washington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics

The State Department’s independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton’s email practices while running the departmen...

State Department Celebrates Collaboration: Global Partnerships Week 2016

Andrew O’Brien | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Andrew O’Brien

This article is part of the Concordia Partnership Series that highlights the power of cross-sector collaboration to address some of the world's most i...

"My Business Is Partnerships"

Andrew O’Brien | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Andrew O’Brien

"Public-private partnership" is seemingly one of the "it" terms in diplomacy and development these days. While the federal government is embracing and formalizing public-private partnerships like never before, they aren't a new concept.

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Covertly Approved Enbridge Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogA federal court has ruled that the Enbridge Alberta Clipper (Line 67) cross-border tar sands pipeline expansion project, p...

News Flash: The Department of Homeland Security Reviews Social Media

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

The government's current justification for the policy requires clarification, to put it mildly. One claim is that investigating social media invades privacy, which could cause embarrassment to the United States.

TransCanada's Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas With State Department Help

Steve Horn | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid.

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton State Department Emails, Mexico Energy Reform and the Revolving Door

Steve Horn | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Emails released on July 31 by the U.S. State Department reveal more about the origins of energy reform efforts in Mexico. The State Department released them as part of the once-a-month rolling release schedule for emails generated by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now a Democratic presidential candidate.

Trade Enforcement Failure

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

President after president has promised that the U.S. will compel foreign nations to meet labor standards established in free-trade agreements. They haven't. They probably can't. And American workers and politicians should stop buying it. The U.S. can sign trade agreements with countries after they stop murdering trade unionists and countenancing child labor.

Congress Subpoenas Emails Of Workers Under Clinton At State Department

Reuters | Susan Cornwell | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Congress has subpoenaed the emails of "close to a dozen" people who worked in the State Department for Hillary Clinto...

Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Half a world away, the State Department said that it was "concerned", and called on Azerbaijan to conduct a "transparent" investigation in line with Baku's "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Human rights activists were not impressed.

New Obama State Dept Top Energy Diplomat Amos Hochstein a Former Marathon Oil Lobbyist

Steve Horn | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The U.S. State Department recently announced that Amos Hochstein, currently the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, will take over as the State Department's top international energy diplomat.

In Syria, a Venue for Collaborative Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Philip Seib

As advocates of public diplomacy seek to gain greater traction for their work, collaborative approaches merit more attention. The sadness that envelops Syria cannot be fully dissipated by these projects, but where hope is such a rare commodity this form of public diplomacy has great value.

Obama's 'Let's Have Tea' Approach to Foreign Policy

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Compare the "let's have tea" depiction of American foreign policy to the classic image of President Theodore Roosevelt's "big stick" diplomacy and it's clear that something is terribly wrong with America's approach to crises around the world.

Religious Persecution Makes Migrants Out Of Millions

Religion News Service | Brian Pellot | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday (July 28) that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list...

Why the US Record on Free Press Won't Inspire Cairo

Sarah Harvard | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Sarah Harvard

The Obama administration's statements about the three Al Jazeera journalists are encouraging and ring true to the needs of both the Egyptian and the American people, but it's unsure whether they are in the right position to point their finger just yet.

Modern-day Monuments Men: The State Department's Cultural Heritage Center

Evan Ryan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Evan Ryan

Events similar to those recounted in the movie are unfolding every day around the world. It's a little less dramatic, but the work by the State Department to preserve, protect, and recover works of art is as vital today as it was in World War II.

The U.S. Cuba Embargo: Making Diplomacy Impossible

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Instead of seeking a superficial fix, the United States needs to lift its trade embargo on Cuba or at least remove the country from the state terrorism list. The time has come to normalize economic ties, improve political relations, and allow financial transactions to function regularly.

Obama's Former Communications Director Anita Dunn Pitches 'Ethical Oil' Keystone XL Ad

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Now, the "ethical oil" campaign has a new backer: Anita Dunn, former White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama and current Principal of SKDKnickerbocker, a public relations firm with offices in Washington, D.C.; New York City and Albany.

State Department Gives Misleading Testimony to Senate

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

A senior State Department official recently reassured lawmakers that the U.S. embassy in the capital of war-torn Afghanistan is well protected. But, in reality, the pudding he described contains no such proof.

Ryan Rainey

Hundreds Of Activists Protest Keystone XL At State Department

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- About 200 environmental activists gathered in front of the State Department Monday morning to protest the proposed expansion of the Keys...

Naw, This Is Nothing (Break-in at State Department Whistleblower Lawyer)

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Two burglars spent last weekend breaking into a Dallas law firm, bashing through a wall, and stealing only three computers while leaving other valuables behind.

Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct At State Department Investigated

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

* Brussels ambassador said he did nothing wrong * Allegations of sexual assault, drug use, prostitutes WASHINGTON, June ...

Opportunity for Federal Contractors to Lead on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

The award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. Through those assurances, i.e. regulations, the USG has the leverage to shape corporate policy and is doing so quite purposefully for human trafficking.

The Diaspora Experience: America's Story

Robert Hormats | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Robert Hormats

When I walk down the streets in my other home city -- New York City -- I am always proud to see so many people from different countries, cultures, and ethnicities living and working together. It also makes me proud when I see the contributions that waves of immigrants have made in the U.S.