Foreign Policy

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?
Background reading here.


Putting poor people first

It may be tempting to dismiss this week’s UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit as yet another talk-shop: Government leaders making fine pronouncements and posing for photo ops. But this time, the decisions our leaders make can mean the difference between hardship and hope. Between impoverishment and opportunity—for a billion poor people worldwide.


Invest in women, invest in the world (Rep. Yvette Clarke)

Right now, the largest gathering of world leaders in at least a decade is assembling at the United Nations in New York to assess what progress has been made in reducing poverty, improving health and ensuring access to education in developing countries.  One issue on the agenda that is especially dear to me is how to combat pregnancy-related deaths and injuries and improve women’s health in developing countries. 


U.S. leading efforts to save lives

It's time to look at the facts regarding the U.S. leadership role in the international fight against HIV/AIDS.  And let's look at it through the lens that matters the most: lives saved.  Thanks in large part to ongoing U.S. leadership, the number of people receiving HIV prevention, treatment and care is growing and will continue to grow with the significant support of the Obama Administration: