The United States Department of State (DOS), often referred to as the State Department, is the United States federal executive department that advises the President and leads the country in foreign policy issues. Equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries, the State Department is responsible for the international relations of the United States, negotiates treaties and agreements with foreign entities, and represents the United States at the United Nations. The Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established.

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and economic opportunity for all. The incredible lessons he inspired are taught today in schools globally. His powerful words and speeches replay on television and are often quoted on social media, and his bold vision continues to provide hope and inspiration to the world. But what inspired the United States’ Cong...

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  • C-SPAN may be best known for covering Capitol Hill, but it also covers American history.  In January, it is highlighting U.S. diplomatic history in a two-part program focused on the collection of the United States Diplomacy Center. While many Americans may know the publicized outcomes of diplomatic negotiations – treaties to end wars or international arms control or trade agreements – many are i...

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  • Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are the highlights from This Week at State: State Department Previews Vancouver Ministerial on North Korea On January 11, the State Department announced that S...

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  • Tourism has been a principal driver of Cabo Verde’s economy over the last 15 years, and the country’s development strategy relies on tourism to generate economic opportunities in a country where 24 percent of the people live under the national poverty line. Economic analysis tells us that clear land rights and efficient land transaction procedures will increase investment and business growth in ...

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  • Briefing with Under Secretary Steve Goldstein and Brian Hook, Director of Policy Planning, on Secretary Tillerson's trip to co-host the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, at the Department of State on January 11, 2018. A transcript is available at https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/01/277411...

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  • January 11 marks National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States. There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. While these individuals may sometimes be kept behind locked doors, they are more often hidden right in front of us. For example, they may be forced into exploitation at construction sites, restaurants, elder care centers, nail salons...

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  • It shouldn’t be a surprise that I work with a lot of people who, like myself, are passionate about international travel.  We love to travel.  And we want you to travel. But we want your time abroad to be both enjoyable and safe – so take us with you.  Our information, that is. Your safety is our priority.  That’s why we’ve made our travel advice easy to find, understand, and use by putting it on...

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  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated in 2017 that there are at least 24.9 million trafficking victims throughout the world; approximately 4.8 million of those are sex trafficking victims. Human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by using force, fraud, or coercion, to compel others into service. The victims are adults and children from nearly every country in the...

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  • Three spokes in his back wheel have almost come off, but farmer Kunwar Munda adjusts his feet and continues to cycle. Even as the breeze rushes through his hair, it is never enough to match the scorching sun. Trees and the ground have been burnt stoney brown and dry. After almost an hour of cycling, Munda arrives at a tented location in Mungadih village in Angara block in the eastern state of Jh...

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  • Established just three years ago, the Office of Security and Human Rights (SHR) is the newest office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).  Our mission, and our guiding principle, are in our name:  Security and Human Rights -- not Security or Human Rights.  We stand for the proposition that better human rights practices, especially when implemented by security forces, enhanc...

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  • Established just three years ago, the Office of Security and Human Rights (SHR) is the newest office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).  Our mission, and our guiding principle, are in our name:  Security and Human Rights -- not Security or Human Rights.  We stand for the proposition that better human rights practices, especially when implemented by security forces, enhanc...

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  • In the first year of the Trump Administration, the United States worked tirelessly with our East Asian and Pacific allies and partners to strengthen cooperation and foster new relationships to address security threats and increase U.S. economic opportunities. As we move forward in 2018, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of our work and successes of 2017.  1. President Trump's Trip to A...

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  • The United States continues to monitor closely the protests and violence in Iran.  This week, Vice President Mike Pence affirmed the United States’ support for the people of Iran in his Washington Post opinion piece and during an interview with Greta van Susteren.  The Vice President said, “We stand with the proud people of Iran because it is right, and because the regime in Tehran threatens the...

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  • Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post. Here are the highlights from This Week at State: United States Expresses Support for the People of Iran Vice President Mike Pence expressed the United States’ stro...

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  • There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. To raise awareness of this major issue and the United States’ efforts to address it, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed January 2018 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslav...

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  • Editor's Note: Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk shared the following letter to Coalition Partners. It is republished here in its entirety. December 29, 2017 Dear Coalition Partners, I write to reflect on the accomplishments of our 74-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS over this past year, with a look ahead on much left to do in 2018. First, we...

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  • From responding to Hurricane Maria to announcing a unique way to fund our efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, USAID was busy in 2017 ensuring its assistance to developing countries would have the greatest impact possible. Check out USAID's list of 10 stories from last year that highlight just a few examples that demonstrate aid works. 1. After the Hurricanes On St. Martin, a member o...

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  • As terrorism, trafficking, atrocities, and the plight of refugees dominate today’s headlines, the seven bureaus and offices of the Department’s Under Secretariat for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J) are advancing American values and interests by protecting the security and rights of impacted citizens around the world. Below are a few of the accomplishments within the J Under Se...

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