More high-level appointees have announced their departures from the Obama administration. Among the latest is Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who said Jan. 29 he will depart as soon as a successor can be found.
Foreign policy and foreign relations efforts conducted by the State Department often rely on new state and local elected officials from the United States and other countries, says Reta Jo Lewis, special representative for global intergovernmental affairs at State. Lewis, the first person to fill her position, says her office acts as an intermediary between federal agencies and local officials when those officials work with foreign governments and travel to engage in trade.
Mali is in danger of becoming a terrorist safe haven, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Jan. 23 during testimony before separate House and Senate international relations committee hearings. "If you look at the size of northern Mali, if you look at the topography, it's not only desert, it's caves--sounds reminiscent. We are in for a struggle."
Initial data on U.S. foreign assistance in the International Aid Transparency Initiative's common data standard is now available for download in XML format from the Foreign Assistance Dashboard, and the State Department has also published an implementation schedule detailing the timetable and frequency of data to be published going forward.
As he begins his second term, President Barack Obama is likely weighing changes to his senior staff and Cabinet. While it's unclear who will stay or go, rumors abound. Positions at Defense, State, Treasury, Transportation and even Commerce are said to be up for grabs.
For at least the fifth year in a row, the White House says Bolivia, Burma and Venezuela have demonstrably failed during the previous year in counternarcotics efforts. As in previous years, the determinations state that national interests require continuance of aid programs to Bolivia and Venezuela. The fiscal 2013 determination is the first to say so for Burma.
Reaction was mixed to the State Department's decision Friday to designate Pakistan's Haqqani Network as a foreign terrorist organization, according to news reports. In her announcement , Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she also intended to designate the Taliban-affiliated network as a specially designated global terrorist entity.
Top Obama administration officials urged Senate ratification of the Law of the Sea treaty, casting intransigence as harmful to U.S. national security and economic interests.
While the eight partner countries that founded the Open Government Partnership may think of their strategies as prototypes, OGP Co-Chair for Civil Society Warren Krafchik said some of the newer...
The United States is considering additional sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear program and support for terrorism, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with Voice of