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Events and News 2012
  • Korhan Basaran Contemporary Dance Workshops
    Korhan Basaran Contemporary Dance Workshops

    New York based dance artist and artistic director Korhan Basaran, following his performances in Istanbul, will be in Ankara with the support of the US Embassy for workshops. During his four days stay he will be teaching and sharing his New York experiences with young dancers at METU and Ankara University.  

  • Secretary Clinton
    Women's Business Leadership

    Secretary Clinton: "So the challenge before us today as we represent government, business, NGOs, workers, institutions is what are the ideas that we can promote that can help women be able to..."  Video »

  • Susan Rice speaking at U.N. Security Council (AP Images)
    Rice Urges Security Council to Back Arab League Plan for Syria

    Washington — U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice has urged the U.N. Security Council to support the Arab League’s plan to mediate a political transition in Syria that would pave the way for the departure of President Bashar al-Assad from power. 

  • President Barack Obama's State of the Union 2012
    President Barack Obama's State of the Union 2012

    President Obama (Jan. 24, 2012): "Think about the America within our reach...A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world."  

  • Secretary Clinton and Cultural Ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  (Photo: State Department, Michael Gross)
    Cultural Ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, newly appointed cultural ambassador, presents Secretary Clinton with signed L.A. Lakers jersey and his latest book during announcement of his appointment at Department of State. Video »

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    100 Years Standing Up For American Enterprise

    For 100 years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been standing up for American businesses—large and small. It has fought to ensure the business community has a seat at the table, a voice in the debate, and a stake in the policy decisions that influence America's future. Throughout this year, they will be celebrating their 100th anniversary  Join the conversation! »

  • President Obama and PM Erdogan.
    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

    (Jan. 13, 2012) - President Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan spoke by telephone today about issues related to democracy, security and development in the Middle East and North Africa region; this was their first conversation in the New Year. The two leaders discussed recent developments in Iraq and their continued support for an inclusive, partnership government that brings stability... 

  • Deputy Secretary Burns
    U.S.-Turkey Partnership

    Deputy Secretary Burns (Jan. 10): "This extensive agenda is a very strong reminder of the breadth and significance of our partnership, of the positive role that Turkey plays on so many issues in this region and beyond..."  

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    Statement by Secretary Clinton: 21st Century Defense Priorities

    This morning, President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta unveiled new strategic guidance that reflects our 21st century defense needs and secures America’s leadership for the future. The Defense Department and State Department continue to work side-by-side to bring the full range of American assets to bear on our foreign policy.  

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    Law of the Sea Convention

    Joining the Law of the Sea Convention is a top priority for the United States. The Convention, which sets forth a comprehensive legal framework governing uses of the oceans, protects and advances a broad range of U.S. interests, including U.S. national security and economic interests. Past Administrations (Republican and Democratic), the U.S. military, and relevant industry and other groups all strongly support joining the Convention. 

  • Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman
    Ambassador Marc Grossman Travels to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Afghanistan, and Qatar

    U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman will travel to Ankara, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kabul, and Doha from January 15 to January 27, 2012.  

  • iPhone showing Twitter (Photo: AP)
    21st Century Statecraft Month

    January 2012 is the U.S. Department of State’s 21st Century Statecraft month. Beginning this week, Spokesperson Nuland will answer questions selected from the Department’s 10 official Twitter feeds.  

  • Global Partnership Initiative
    2011: The Year in Global Partnerships

    In 2011, Secretary Clinton continued to champion cross-sectoral partnerships as a cornerstone of her 21st Century Statecraft. The Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) focused on four flagship initiatives in support of her priorities.  

  • President Obama
    New Global Military Strategy

    President Obama traveled to the Pentagon to discuss a major shift in the nation's strategic military objectives -- with a goal of moving away from the expansive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and...  Video »

  • Mark Wentworth, Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara with METU students.
    Public Affairs Counselor Discussed U.S. Elections with METU Students

    Mark Wentworth, Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, spoke to a group of senior students at the department of political science at the Middle East Technical University on the U.S. elections: primaries/caucuses, political parties, the electoral college, campaigning, and the selection...  

  • Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    A Time to Serve Others - The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who is remembered in the United States on the third Monday of January each year, is perhaps best known as America’s chief spokesman...  

  • A Christmas Tradition in America(Photo by IIP)
    A Christmas Tradition in America

    Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and...