Work in Africa a ‘defining’ experience for new U.S. attorney general

Loretta Lynch has the education and, with two decades as a prosecutor, the experience to be America’s next top lawyer. But something that sets...
Children and adults on playground near security cameras (© Mark Schiefelbein/AP Images)

Defending technology from authoritarian abuse

The U.S. is working with international partners to ensure the responsible development of technology and to prevent authoritarian misuse.
Silhouette of oil well in Venezuela (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Corruption in Venezuela [video]

Learn how U.S. sanctions against the regime of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro aim to help Venezuela's people restore democratic governance.
'Vote Here' sign in several languages on a door (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

It was their ‘duty’ to vote on Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday voters and election workers in the state of Virginia weigh in on one of the foundations of American democracy: voting.
Man wearing hat walking past men in riot gear standing outside a building (Getty Images/Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)

After the riots, a library in Baltimore becomes the community’s core

In most libraries you find shelves filled with reading material. This one has other valuable resources for a riot-torn community.
Aerial image of mosque site in China (© 2019 DigitalGlobe)

China destroys mosques and Uyghur culture

As part of their crackdown on Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, the Chinese government has destroyed or converted Muslim mosques.
Voter filling out ballot at end of line of voting booths (© John Minchillo/AP Images)

Trump administration reaffirms election integrity

A new executive order requires mandatory sanctions and other consequences for foreign individuals or governments that attempt to meddle in U.S. elections.
Illustration of people looking at phones while walking past column (State Dept./D. Thompson)

How technology can strengthen democracy

Activists are using technology to promote democracy initiatives. Find out how social justice movements use social media to build support.
Secretary Pompeo speaking (State Dept.)

Secretary Pompeo’s message to the Venezuelan people [video]

Secretary Pompeo delivers a message of continued U.S. support for democracy and human rights in Venezuela.