Foreign Policy

The United States, Russia must address the increase in transnational crime (National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones)

As Prepared for Delivery:

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.  It is a privilege to be here with so many colleagues and partners from around the world who share a commitment to our mutual security.

It’s a pleasure to be here in this beautiful city that in less than four years will host the 22nd Winter Olympic games—a well-deserved honor for the Russian Federation.


Campaigning against China

Political campaigns bring out the worst in members of Congress. I can see the influence of the campaign season and a weak economy in the House of Representatives’ recent vote to “punish” China for what it sees as an undervalued currency. But business-as-usual campaign politics in the US are easily and constantly misinterpreted outside of our borders, and end up harming all parties.


Secretary Clinton struck out on Vietnam (Rep. Ed Royce)

  On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to the "Historical Conference on the American Experience in Southeast Asia" in Washington.  The focus was the Vietnam War, with State Department historians having completed, in the Secretary's words, "an exhaustive history of United States policy regarding Southeast Asia from 1946 until 1975," when Saigon fell.  Especially with the Vietnamese Ambassador in the audience, our top diplomat had an obligation to raise human rights concerns, however diplomatically.  The Secretary struck out. 


Enforcement of Iran sanctions (Rep. Steny Hoyer)

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer issued the following statement in Washington, D.C. after the State Department announced sanctions on eight Iranian officials implicated in human rights violations and on the Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), which has spent millions in the Iranian petroleum sector. President Obama has also secured the commitment of major oil and gas companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Statoil, and ENI, to end their business dealings with Iran:


U.S. & Vietnam: Commitment to a shared future (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the following speech Wednesday at the Historical Conference on the American Experience in Southeast Asia in Washington, D.C. She will be traveling to Hanoi next month.

Thank you very much, Ambassador, and it’s a great pleasure and privilege for me to welcome all of you to the Department of State.  I know we have in this audience scholars and historians, diplomats, and those who have great personal knowledge of and experience with the important issue that will be discussed throughout the day.  A lot of history has been made in the State Department and continues to be made every day.  And some of the people who are working here and who have worked here previously know that very well.


President Obama: We must stand up for the freedom of others

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: it is an honor to address this Assembly for the second time, nearly two years after my election as President of the United States. We know this is no ordinary time for our people. Each of us comes here with our own problems and priorities. But there are also challenges that we share in common as leaders and as nations.


Will the U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan “succeed” as it did in Iraq?

Washington, D.C. - Prior to the Iraq and Afghanistan military interventions, U.S. planners cut deals with the least democratic groups in both countries,  crippling U.S. “long term objectives” in the process. In Iraq, the U.S. empowered competing rag tag groups with self-serving motivations. In Afghanistan, the U.S. empowered warlords responsible for the devastation of the country during its decade-long civil war, figures credited for creating the conditions on the ground for Taliban reign.


The Big Question: Will a new book reshape views on Afghanistan?

Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today.

Today's question:

Will the portrayal of the Obama administration in Bob Woodward's new book impact public support for the war?
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