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    Engage Young People in Building Democracy, Kerry Says
Engage Young People in Building Democracy, Kerry Says

The International Day of Democracy’s theme for 2014 — Engaging Young People on Democracy — “powerfully underscores the importance of youth in building and ...

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Secretary Kerry on Belize’s Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, Secretary of State John Kerry congratulates the Belizean people on the 33rd anniversary o...


State Department on Elections in Fiji

The United States congratulates the people of Fiji for the steps they have taken toward restoring democracy, including conducting the historic vote on Sept...


Obama on Results of Scottish Referendum

President Obama comments on the results of the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence and congratulates the people of Scotland for their full and...


Pamphlets

2014-06-06

    Michelle Bachelet: Physician, Military Strategist, Head of State
Michelle Bachelet: Physician, Military Strategist, Head of State

She’s a political prisoner turned public servant who, as as a government minister and Chile’s president, worked to establish a stable democracy during the ...

2014-03-24

    A Practical Approach to Journalism Ethics
A Practical Approach to Journalism Ethics

A Poynter Institute expert provides practical examples of how to apply journalism ethics in the digital age.

2014-03-06

    Starting and Maintaining a Blog
Starting and Maintaining a Blog

Whether you're a political junkie or a fashion maven, blogs provide a platform for you to voice your opinion and share your story.

Publications

2014-04-02

    EJ|USA: LGBT Rights in America Today
EJ|USA: LGBT Rights in America Today

LGBT rights are a work in progress in the United States. New attitudes are ushering in change. States are legalizing gay marriage. Businesses are protectin...

2014-03-05

    EJ|USA: Getting the Story Out
EJ|USA: Getting the Story Out

Explore college newsrooms where student journalists practice their Constitutional right to a free and unfettered press. This issue also offers news for mov...

2013-12-05

Outline of U.S. Government

What makes U.S. government uniquely American ... its Constitution, the separation of powers, the concept of “checks and balances,” the decentralized roles ...

Articles

2014-09-15

    Refugee and Displaced Children: Back to School – or Not?
Refugee and Displaced Children: Back to School – or Not?

“Children whose lives have been disrupted by conflict and crises need special care,” says Assistant Secretary of State Anne C. Richard. “Attending school c...

2014-09-12

    Obama, 3 Former U.S. Presidents Celebrate Volunteerism
Obama, 3 Former U.S. Presidents Celebrate Volunteerism

President Obama hosts a ceremony at the White House with the Corporation for National and Community Service, former President Bill Clinton and hundreds of ...

2014-09-12

    Amb. Russell: ISIL’s Abuse of Women and Girls Must Be Stopped
Amb. Russell: ISIL’s Abuse of Women and Girls Must Be Stopped

Reports indicate that ISIL has abducted between 1,500 to 4,000 women and girls, torturing and selling many into sexual slavery, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Ca...

Photo Galleries

2013-07-01

The United Nations: Partner in Peace, Stability, Security

President Obama believes the United Nations can be extraordinarily constructive and an important partner in bringing peace, stability and security to the ...

2012-12-28

    Historic Inaugurations
Historic Inaugurations

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve...

2012-06-18

Famous (and Not-So-Famous) Refugees Making a Difference

Images of refugees who have overcome obstacles to achieve success and recognition in their new U.S. communities and beyond.

Videos

2014-09-19

Meet Michael Hoza, U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Cameroon

Learn more about the new U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon, Michael Hoza, and his hopes for Cameroon. He is excited to work with Cameroonians, sp...

2014-08-26

Meet U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells

U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells tells a bit about herself and what she hopes to do during her stay in Jordan.

2014-07-03

Meet Mike Hankey, Consul General for Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Mike Hankey, the new American consul general in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, is excited to take on his new position and help strengthen the friendship between th...