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Two photos: two women about to shake hands; portrait of Rita M. Lopidia (U.S. Institute of Peace)

Advocating for women in a place of conflict

As a child, Rita M. Lopidia learned that women are usually the first victims of political conflict. Now she's won an award for building peace.
Uniformed woman walking through curtains (USCG/Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Women are a crucial part of the U.S. military

In all branches of the U.S. military, women serve important roles, from enlisted personnel to four-star generals and admirals.
Men in uniform standing around man seated at computer (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Samuel Souvannason)

U.S. helps allies fight cyberattacks

U.S. cyber experts are helping other nations preserve democracy by defending against online attacks. Find out which nations are fighting cyberattacks.
Two masked women holding each other, others around them (© Mohammed Zaatari/AP Images)

U.S. aids Lebanese people after deadly explosion

The U.S. sent food and medical supplies to Lebanon following a deadly explosion. Find out how the U.S. is helping the Lebanese people during this crisis.
Man standing in front of damaged tower (© Amr Nabil/AP Images)

Iran’s neighbors support extending arms embargo

Iran's neighbors are raising concerns that allowing an arms embargo on the Iranian regime to expire would threaten security in the Middle East.
Female Nepali police saluting (State Dept.)

Want peace and security? Include women in leadership roles.

The State Department plans to promote security by helping women worldwide reach leadership positions in dealing with conflict.
A map featuring the U.S. and the Caribbean (© Artalis/Shutterstock)

U.S. helps Caribbean countries fight COVID-19

The U.S. is providing medical supplies to Caribbean nations fighting COVID-19. Find out more about how the aid programs are helping people in the region.
Woman standing with clipboard in front of wall-sized computer (NASA/Robert Nye)

NASA names a building for a pioneering African American

NASA will name its headquarters in honor of Mary Jackson, the agency's first female African American engineer. Find out more about her legacy.
People walking in a crowd (© Jake May/The Flint Journal/AP Images)

Police leaders march in solidarity with peaceful protesters

Police in the United States have joined marches for reform after a man's death in police custody. See how law enforcement is supporting peaceful protests.