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Jessica Schulberg

State Department Slams Last-Minute Push To Sabotage Iran Deal | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate’s two leading Iran hawks are pushing for legislation that would extend sanctions against Iran for 10 years, despite repeate...

Frontline Civilians: It's Time We Honor All Who Serve

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Matt Zeller

Instead of advocating for the return of the draft, Moulton was joining prominent leaders such as President Obama and General McChrystal (who is leading the Franklin Project) to call on all Americans to engage in some act of public service in their lifetime -- just as the civilians who I served with had done.

With the OECD, the United States Can Lead Against Inequality

OECD | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

Though inequality has been rising for decades, the Great Recession catapulted the issue to the top of the policy agenda, costing millions of Americans their jobs and widening the gap between rich and poor. As the United States looks to reverse this trend, it faces a historic opportunity to lead a global transition to an inclusive model of economic growth.

Kate Sheppard

TransCanada Argues That Recent Emissions Commitments Build The Case For Keystone XL | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- TransCanada, the company seeking to build the controversial pipeline that would carry oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas, is leanin...

3 Questions With America's First Diplomat for Global LGBT Rights

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
The GroundTruth Project

Berry, who is openly gay, is the first to occupy this newly created position, which he began in April. Berry began his Foreign Service career in 1993. He has held positions in several countries where public opinion is unfavorable toward homosexuality, including Egypt, Bangladesh and Uganda.

These Are The World's 5 Most Wanted ISIS Jihadists

Vocativ | Jamie Tarabay | Posted 06.27.2015 | World

Unlike Osama bin Laden, who often appeared in videos to lecture and incite attacks against the West, ISIS’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has kept a lo...

One Reason #WhyHostingMatters: Volunteerism Makes Communities Stronger

Evan Ryan | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Evan Ryan

High school exchanges participants make a profound impact not only on their host families, schools, and communities, but ultimately on overall relationships with the citizens and governments of their countries.

Democrats Are Ceding Foreign Policy Too Early in the 2016 Election

Erin McPike | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Erin McPike

There's a decent chance the 2016 presidential election will be about national security. If that's the case, recent spin by Democratic pundits may undercut former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign before it has much of a chance to establish itself.

Clinton's Secrecy Damages the Foundation of Our Democracy

Erich Pica | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Erich Pica

It is disingenuous to say that some of the richest and most well-connected companies in the world are donating to the Clinton Foundation, or any other cause, without expecting a return on their investment.

State Department's Passport System Goes Down

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday it has been forced to suspend the issuance of U.S. passports and visas at its overseas diplomatic...

State Department Clarifies Stance on Western Sahara, USAID Activities

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I asked the State Department to clarify the official U.S. position on the Western Sahara. Below a Q&A conducted via email in May 2015 with an official State Department spokesperson, with answers provided for quotation on background.

Journalist Bob Schieffer Retires

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

While the news business has changed dramatically over the past six decades, there is much for all journalists to learn from Bob Schieffer's remarkable career. He hosted presidents and world leaders. He asked tough questions, but was never confrontational. He never wanted to be the story; he just wanted to cover the news.

Matt Sheehan

American Students Return From China With Rosier Picture Of The Middle Kingdom | Matt Sheehan | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

A growing number of American students are studying in China, and they’re returning to the U.S. with more positive impressions of the country, accord...

Mr. President, Get Your Team on the Same Page About Iraq and ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the capture of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, by ISIL over a week ago was an embarrassment to the Iraqi army would be a massive understatement.

Ryan Grim

How The White House And Paul Ryan Are Making Sure Forced Labor Remains Part Of Their Trade Deal | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will quickly get down to unfinished business once it returns from the holiday recess: defending trading par...

Vindicating the Ways of God to Man in Gihembe Refugee Camp

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

International media did not broadcast this important and moving ceremony, but camp residents and leaders used the power of still photography and social media to communicate thousands of words that demanded to be heard.

Igor Bobic

Hillary Clinton Urges State Department To Release Emails As Soon As Possible | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called for the immediate release of email correspondence sent during her tenure as secretary of state, saying...

State Dept. Won't Release Hillary Clinton's Emails Until January 2016

AP | JULIE PACE and LISA LERER | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time a...

State Department: U.S. Concerned About Possible Chinese Cyberattack On Internet Content

Reuters | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it has asked Beijing to investigate reports that China interfered with Internet content...

State Department Plans No Review Of Clinton Foundation Donations

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Thursday it has no plans to review previously undisclosed donations to a branch of the Clinton Foundatio...

How Hispanic Triangulation Can Help the US Innovate in Foreign Policy II

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Josue Lopez Calderon

First, the U.S. must encourage more Hispanics to study and/or work in MENA while encouraging more Arab and Jewish Americans to do the same in LAC. Second, it should welcome more diversity in corporate boardrooms and empower more women.

Kerry Becomes First Secretary Of State To Visit Somalia

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER and ANDREW HARNIK | Posted 05.05.2015 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the f...

John Kerry Heading To Middle East This Week

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

(Adds Kerry in Kenya) WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Saudi Arabia and Paris this week...

State Department Turns Over More Documents To Benghazi Panel

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - A House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, has received 4,0...

Jessica Schulberg

With Flights Delayed Indefinitely, U.S. Citizens Are Stranded In Nepal | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, the U.S. has no plans to transport stranded U.S. citizens back h...