Roadmap for Defense Cooperation

On Thursday, October 8, U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper and Romanian Minister of National Defense Nicolae Ciuca signed a 10-year “Roadmap for Defense Cooperation.” This is a further indication that the ties between our two countries have never been stronger. Since becoming a NATO Ally in 2004, Romania has always supported the Alliance …

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Letter From Under Secretary Keith Krach to the Governing Boards of American Universities

Dear Governing Boards of American Institutions of Higher Education and Affiliates, During this unprecedented period in modern history, American universities and colleges are on the frontlines of addressing many of the challenges presented by the pandemic. At the same time, these great institutions are at the forefront of an equally serious challenge brought on by …

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Chinese Telecommunications Conglomerate Huawei and Subsidiaries Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charges also Reveal Huawei’s Business in North Korea and Assistance to the Government of Iran in Performing Domestic Surveillance A superseding indictment (.PDF file, 484 Kb) was returned yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei), the world’s largest telecommunications equipment …

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Let’s Embrace the 5G Revolution — Not the Cultural Revolution

Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman August 19, 2020 Huawei is still the wrong way. Why? Because nations must not entrust their citizens’ security to a company indicted for intellectual property theft, conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud, racketeering, and for helping Iran avoid sanctions meant to stop that nation from funding terrorism. Huawei has been …

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Statement on Schrems II Ruling and the Importance of EU-U.S. Data Flows

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement on the July 16 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems II case. “While the Department of Commerce is deeply disappointed that the court appears to have invalidated the European Commission’s adequacy decision underlying the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, …

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On Beijing’s Imposition of National Security Legislation on Hong Kong

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State June 30, 2020 The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to impose draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements. Hong Kong demonstrated to the world what a free Chinese people could achieve – one of the most successful economies …

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2020 Trafficking in Persons Report for Romania

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo released the State Department’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report on June 25. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the TIP report and the introduction to the 2020 edition celebrates our progress in combating human trafficking. The goal of the report is to stimulate action and create partnerships around the …

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The Tide is Turning Toward Trusted 5G Vendors

Statement By Secretary Michael R. Pompeo For Immediate Release June 24, 2020 The tide is turning against Huawei as citizens around the world are waking up to the danger of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state. Huawei’s deals with telecommunications operators around the world are evaporating, because countries are only allowing trusted vendors in their …

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2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Romania

Executive Summary The constitution prohibits restrictions on freedom of conscience and belief, as well as forcing an individual to espouse a religious belief contrary to the individual’s convictions. It stipulates all religions are independent from the state, and religious groups have the freedom to organize “in accordance with their own statutes.” According to the law …

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Diversity Visas: Delayed Opening of the DV-2021 Entrant Status Check

The Department is postponing the opening of the Entrant Status Check for DV-2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. The Department’s resources are currently being used in its role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are being prioritized for the assistance to U.S. citizens overseas. The delayed opening will not negatively impact our …

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Presidential Proclamation Suspending Immigration – COVID 19

On April 22, the President signed a Proclamation which suspends the entry of certain immigrants to the United States for a period of 60 days. The Department of State is implementing this Proclamation in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. Under the Proclamation, the Department …

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Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom HaShoah – on April 21

The U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year across the United States, state and local government organizations, workplaces, schools, and religious and community centers host remembrance activities to reaffirm our nation’s commitment to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. The Days of Remembrance run …

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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo

April 8, 2020 Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building on that …

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Observance of International Women’s Day

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State As we mark International Women’s Day on March 8, we join forces with countries around the globe striving to advance the rights, progress, and equal status of women. Working together, we are finding ways to ensure women and girls have access to equal opportunities and live free from gender-based …

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Crimea is Ukraine

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State February 27 will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the United States reaffirms: Crimea is Ukraine. As underscored in our July 2018 Crimea Declaration, the United States does not and will not ever recognize Russia’s claims of sovereignty over the peninsula. We …

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5G Security

What Is Trust? Countries need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software companies will not threaten their national security, privacy, intellectual property, or human rights. Trust cannot exist where telecom vendors are subject to an authoritarian government, like the People’s Republic of China (PRC), that lacks an independent judiciary or rule of …

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Secretary Pompeo on Romania’s National Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release​​​​​​ November 29, 2019 On the occasion of Romania’s National Day, I would like to congratulate all Romanians on behalf of the Government of the United States. Our two nations are friends, Allies and partners, and I am glad to see our Strategic Partnership, economic …

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Opening Statement at the Warsaw Process Working Group on Missile Proliferation

Remarks by Dr. Christopher A. Ford, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Bucharest, Romania November 14, 2019 Good morning, everyone.  On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank our gracious Romanian hosts who have allowed us to meet here in this fantastic venue, and also the Polish government for its …

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Joint Statement from President of the United States Donald J. Trump and President of Romania Klaus Iohannis

As the Presidents of the United States and Romania, we stand together as friends and Allies to advance our robust and durable strategic partnership. Through our deepening partnership, we will create new opportunities for greater security, growth, and prosperity and be in better position to respond to shared global challenges and responsibilities. We recall the …

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U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article XV of the treaty takes effect today because Russia failed to return to full and verified compliance through the …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the World Day against Trafficking in Persons

  In recognition of July 30, the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Embassy of the United States condemns trafficking in persons in all of its forms.  The U.S. is committed to working with Romanians to help end all human trafficking. We strongly urge all governments to combat human trafficking through comprehensive and victim-centered …

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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Awards Half a Million Dollars to Medieval Fortified Church in Alma Vii Village, Sibiu

The Embassy of the United States in Romania is pleased to announce that Ambassador Hans Klemm is donating USD 500,000 to the Mihai Eminescu Trust, under the auspices of a special U.S. Department of State program entitled the “Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation AFCP.” This is the largest AFCP grant in the world awarded by …

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2018 Report on International Religious Freedom

Romania Executive Summary The constitution prohibits restrictions on freedom of conscience and belief, as well as forcing an individual to espouse a religious belief contrary to the individual’s convictions. It stipulates all religions are independent from the state and have the freedom to organize “in accordance with their own statutes.” According to law, the state …

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2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

Romania (Tier 2 Watch List) The Government of Romania does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. These efforts include indicting more suspected traffickers and adopting a five-year national strategy and national action plan. However, the government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts …

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Joint Statement on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Romania

Bucharest, 17 May 2019 – On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we express our solidarity with all marginalized groups in Romania, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and sexual characteristics. LGBTI persons continue to face discrimination. Our countries seek to combat such discrimination by promoting human rights for …

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Major partners of Romania express concern about Rule of Law

On behalf of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. We, Romania’s international partners and allies, call on all parties involved in drafting emergency government ordinances modifying justice sector laws to avoid changes that would weaken the rule of law and Romania’s ability to fight crime …

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Remarks by Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale

Remarks to the Press Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:30 pm Handel Room, Hilton Athenee Hotel, Bucharest I am delighted to be back in Romania. It was a little over 20 years ago, when I visited Romania with then-President Clinton, when he announced our Strategic Partnership, a strong partnership that continues today. I am here again …

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International Anticorruption Day

In support of the International Anticorruption Day, the U.S. Embassy is launching a speech competition “No Corruption Means:….” in which contestants will speak on the topic of what a Romania without corruption means to them.  Contestants are urged to include in their remarks what they see as the main social, political, economic or security results …

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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

Secretary Pompeo released the State Department’s new report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Download the report (.PDF file, 4,500 Kb)

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Diversity Visa Lottery Program – DV-2020

Program Overview: The Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2020, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be …

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The Importance of Diversity in European Energy Security

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 29, 2018 This week’s World Gas Conference in Washington, DC, reinforced the fundamental importance of countries and regions employing a diverse matrix of fuels, source countries and delivery routes to enhance their energy security. Over the last week, U.S. officials underscored the strong U.S. opposition to …

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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

ROMANIA: Tier 2 The Government of Romania does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Romania remained on Tier 2. The government demonstrated increasing efforts by significantly increasing prosecutorial use …

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Major Partner Countries Call Upon Romania to Consider Potential Negative Impact of Criminal Law Amendments

On behalf of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States please receive the statement below: We, Romania’s international partners and allies, call on all parties involved in amending Romania’s criminal and criminal procedure codes to avoid changes that would weaken the rule of law or Romania’s ability to fight crime or corruption.  …

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Assistant Secretary Wess Mitchell’s Statement to Media at Departure

For the past couple of days, as you know, I was here for a meeting with the U.S.-Romanian Strategic Dialogue.  It gave us a chance to talk about the extensive cooperation that the United States and Romania have in so many areas, but particularly security and defense, energy cooperation.  We have a very robust commercial …

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Joint Statement on the Implementation of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the United States

The Governments of Romania and the United States of America held the sixth plenary meeting of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue in Bucharest, Romania, on June 19, 2018.  This partnership is rooted in a shared commitment to the values and interests that underpin the West.  The two governments reaffirm this commitment and pledge to work together on …

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Statement Of The United States Embassy On The World Press Freedom Day

May 3rd marks the annual commemoration of World Press Freedom Day.  The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance.  Democratic societies are not infallible, but they are accountable.  Romania has become a regional model for the rule of law.  Many of these improvements are due to the determination …

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Joint Press Release on the Interim Strategic Partnership Meeting between the United States of America and Romania

Representatives of the U.S. Department of State and Embassy of the United States of America and representatives of the ministries and agencies of the Government of Romania and of the Cabinet of the Vice Prime-Minister for the Implementation of Strategic Partnerships held an Interim Strategic Partnership meeting in Bucharest, Romania, on March 30th, 2018. The …

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Proposals Affecting the Independence of the Judiciary

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States notes with concern that the Parliament of Romania is considering legislation that could undermine the fight against corruption and weaken judicial independence in Romania. This legislation, which was originally proposed by the Ministry of Justice, threatens the progress Romania has made in recent years …

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New Entry Period For Diversity Visa Program – DV-2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those …

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Romanian Justice Ministry Proposals to Revise its Justice System

U.S. Embassy Statement Concerning the August 23, 2017, Romanian Justice Ministry Proposals to Revise its Justice System The United States-Romania Strategic Partnership is rooted in a commitment to democratic values, good governance and strengthening the rule of law as these are the foundation for increasing our shared security and prosperity.  Firmly establishing rule of law …

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Video: President Trump Holds a Joint Press Conference With President Iohannis

Remarks By President Trump and President Iohannis In A Joint Press Conference Rose Garden 2:51 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: President Iohannis, thank you for being here. It’s an honor to welcome such a good friend of America to the White House. As you know, the people of Romania and America share much in common — …

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United Nations Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Feltman, Under-Secretary-General O’Brien, and Ambassador Apakan for your useful and comprehensive briefings today. This is my first appearance in this chamber as the Permanent Representative of the United States. …

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Major Partner Countries Call on the Government of Romania not to Reverse its Fight Against Corruption

On behalf of the Embassies of Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands and the United States please receive the statement below: “We, Romania’s international partners and allies, express our profound concern at the actions of the Romanian Government on the night of January 31, 2017, which have undermined Romania’s progress on rule of law and the …

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U.S. Embassy Congratulates The New Government And Parliament Of Romania

The Embassy of the United States of America congratulates the new Government and Parliament of Romania. We look forward to working with Prime Minister Grindeanu and his cabinet to further develop our Strategic Partnership,which aims to increase our shared security, enhance our nations’ mutual prosperity, and strengthen democratic institutions. Our partnership is also based on …

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Transatlantic Relations

Secretary Kerry’s October 4 Speech on Transatlantic Relations at George Marshall Foundation in Brussels SECRETARY KERRY: Well, je suis John Kerry. (Laughter.) Welcome. Karen, merci, danke schon, dank u wel, and thank you – I’m really delighted to be here in the heart of Europe. I’m delighted to be in this extraordinary library building of great history, and I …

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Joint Statement on the Implementation of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century Between Romania and the U.S.

The Governments of the United States of America and Romania held their fifth annual Strategic Partnership Dialogue in Washington, DC, on September 26, 2016. This partnership is rooted in a shared commitment to democratic values – rule of law, open markets, respect for human rights, and people-to-people ties. The two Governments reaffirmed these principles and …

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The Fifth Anniversary Of The Joint Declaration On Strategic Partnership For The 21st Century Between The United States Of America And Romania

The Embassy of the United States in Romania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly recognize and salute the fifth anniversary of the signing, in Washington, D.C., on the 13th of September 2011, of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between the United States of America and Romania.  The Joint Declaration …

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Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on Syrian Refugee Admissions

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2016 Less than a year ago, in response to an historic global refugee crisis, involving millions of Syrians in flight from violence and conflict, President Obama directed his Administration to increase the number of Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United …

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work at the Inauguration of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Facility at Deveselu

– As prepared.  Check against delivery – Deveselu, Romania Good afternoon.  It’s a real pleasure for me to be here on my first visit to Romania.  I only wish I could stay longer to see more of this beautiful country.  I want to thank President Iohannis, Prime Minister Ciolos, and Minister Motoc for being such …

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Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the Inauguration of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Facility at Deveselu

– As prepared.  Check against delivery – Deveselu, Romania Secretary General, Deputy Secretary of Defense, President of the Romanian Senate, Ministers, Your Excellencies, Dear members of the military, diplomats and local officials, Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives me great pleasure to be at the Deveselu Military Base today with you – Romanian, American, North-Atlantic Alliance …

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NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg at the Aegis Ashore Operationalisation Ceremony

– As prepared.  Check against delivery – Deveselu, Romania Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for that welcome. Today represents an important moment for NATO and for transatlantic security. This ceremony means that the United States’ AEGIS Ashore system here at Deveselu is certified for operations. This represents a significant increase in the capability to defend …

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U.S. Amiral Mark Ferguson at the Inauguration of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Facility at Deveselu

– As prepared.  Check against delivery – Deveselu, Romania President of Romanian Senate Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu,Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea, Prime Minister Ciolos, Secretary General Stoltenberg, Ambassador Klemm, Deputy Secretary of Defense Work, Minister of Foreign Affairs Comanescu, Minister of National Defense Motoc, General Ciuca, distinguished visitors and guests; Good Morning and on …

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Press briefing with Ambassador Lute, Assistant Secretary Frank Rose and Romanian State Secretary For Strategic Affairs Daniel Ionită

Ambassador Douglas Lute U.S. Ambassador to NATO Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Romanian State Secretary Daniel Ionită Strategic Affairs Bucharest, Romania Moderator:  We have a very prestigious panel.  I would like to begin with our host, Romanian State Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Daniel Ionită.  You’ll find his bio in your …

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Corruption Harms Us All: Here’s What We Can Do About It

By the U.S. Department of State’s Luis E. Arreaga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs As many who read this are no doubt aware, business leaders often confront difficult and seemingly impossible challenges not only to thrive, but just to survive.  As a diplomat, many have told me that ending …

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President Obama on the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal.  The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times — a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American. Progress on this …

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135 Years Of Friendship

U.S. Diplomacy in Romania: A Persistent Affinity 135 Years Old Op-Ed by Mark Taplin It was a Christmas Eve, half a century ago, that my father still remembers well. Dressed in a morning suit he had hastily borrowed, he witnessed William Crawford present his credentials to Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej in an official ceremony at Palatul Victoria …

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European Reassurance Initiative and Other U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Since early March, the United States has taken action, both bilaterally and through NATO, to reassure allies of our solemn commitment to their security and territorial integrity as members of the NATO Alliance.  A persistent U.S. air, land, and sea presence in the region, …

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United States Ballistic Missile Defense Site at Deveselu Air Base in Romania

The United States and Romania jointly selected the Deveselu Air Base near Caracal, Romania, to host a U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System which employs the SM-3 interceptor (also referred to as the Aegis Ashore System).  The deployment to Romania is anticipated to occur in the 2015 timeframe as part of the second phase of the …

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United States European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) and NATO Missile Defense

On September 17, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. decision to adopt a new approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe.  This plan is called the European Phased Adaptive Approach or EPAA.  The President stated: To put it simply, our new missile defense architecture in Europe will provide stronger, smarter, and swifter defenses of …

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