international security

Soldier patrolling ship (© Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)

U.S., NATO press Russia to free Ukrainian ships and sailors

The United States and its European allies are resolute in demanding that Russia release the three Ukrainian vessels and crew members it seized.
Mike Pompeo sitting at U.N. Security Council meeting, surrounded by others (Ron Przysucha/State Dept.)

Pompeo urges U.N. action on Iran’s ballistic missiles

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the United Nations Security Council to stop Iran from developing ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear weapons.
Seven country flags on flagpoles (© Shutterstock)

Condemnation for Russia’s hostilities in Ukrainian waters

The U.S. and other nations offer support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and the right of Ukrainian vessels to move through international waters.
A flyer lying on the ground (© Dirk Waem/AFP/Getty Images)

Families of hostages in Iran plead for their release

The families of six hostages held and tortured in Iranian prisons write an open letter to world leaders asking for their help.
Illustration of someone cutting puppet strings connected to a globe (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Sovereignty: What it means and what it doesn’t

When President Trump speaks of sovereignty, he means something very specific that lies at the heart of America's democracy.
Collage of photos taken from video on Bob Levinson (ShareAmerica)video

Bob Levinson: Hostage in Iran for 11 years … and counting

Learn more about Iran's policy of taking innocent people hostage, including Bob Levinson. He is the longest-held U.S. hostage in American history.
People laying offerings at base of statue (© Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. remembers the Ukrainian victims of the Holodomor

The Holodomor was a man-made famine implemented by Josef Stalin in an attempt to crush the Ukrainian people and nation in 1932–1933.
Illustration of oil barrels (State Dept.)

U.S. hits Russian-Iranian oil network with sanctions

The latest U.S. sanctions show the consequences for anyone shipping oil to Syria, or trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran and its terrorist activities.
Ships in open water (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg)

U.S. commitment to Indo-Pacific ‘steadfast and enduring,’ Pence says

Vice President Pence emphasizes U.S. support for "prosperity, security, and shared principles" in the Indo-Pacific at the 6th annual U.S.-ASEAN summit.