Washington, DC - NATO’s mission in Afghanistan has been the Alliance’s largest and one of its longest-running military operations, with 50 coalition countries contributing a peak of 140,000 troops over a nearly 15-year campaign.  On January 1, 2015, NATO successfully transitioned from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission to the non-combat Resolute Support mission, and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) assumed full responsibility for Afghanistan’s security nationwide. 

Washington, DC - In the last 18 months, the United States has taken several steps to assure our allies in Europe and demonstrate our continued commitment to NATO collective defense.  Operation ATLANTIC RESOLVE (OAR) is a demonstration of our dedication to enduring peace and stability in the North Atlantic area, and it will remain in place as long as needed to reassure our allies and partners, and deter an increasingly bellicose Russia. 

Washington, DC - Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate:

Washington, DC - The United States welcomes the announcement by La Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, the coalition of opposition parties in Venezuela, reiterating its desire to participate in a serious, constructive dialogue with the executive branch. We continue to support the efforts by former Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero, former Panamanian President Torrijos and former Dominican President Fernandez to advance such a dialogue. We strongly urge both sides to participate constructively to address peacefully the serious challenges facing the Venezuelan people.

Washington, DC - On July 11, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host the first-ever Global Teaching Dialogue for K-12 teachers across the United States. Participants will learn about ways to integrate foreign affairs topics and global learning opportunities into their classrooms. They will also hear about international resources available to them, including State Department-sponsored exchange programs.