All articles from: August, 2012

Public-Private Partnership Announces Immediate 40 Percent Cost Reduction for Rapid TB Test

Today, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an agreement that will significantly reduce the cost of a new, highly accurate, rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) in 145 high-burden and developing countries.

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PMSCs IGWG – U.S. Closing Statement

The United States would like to extend our deep thanks to you for your leadership and to all other delegations for the constructive and consensual spirit that has characterized this session. We hope it is a spirit we can all build on as we take our work forward.

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PMSCs IGWG – U.S. Opening Statement

United States policy with regard to private security companies and private military companies is informed by two critical objectives: (1) to promote accountability, transparency and respect for human rights, and (2) to ensure governments and other non-state clients are able to continue to utilize private companies in areas where they are necessary for important operations, including those related to stabilization, humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, and development.

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PMSCs IGWG – U.S. Statement on the Option of a Legally Binding Instrument

We are open to “consider[ing] the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework” – and, indeed, through the Montreux Document and the Code are working in this line. But we are not prepared to support “the option of elaborating a legally binding instrument.”

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PMSCs IGWG – U.S. Statement on Definitions

From the U.S. delegation’s perspective, it is important to distinguish three terms – Private Security Companies (PSCs), Private Military Companies (PMCs), and mercenaries.

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PMSCs IGWG – U.S. Statement on Domestic Legislation

The U.S. does not have a single law respecting PSCs and PMCs – rather, we have a web of interlocking provisions that address different issues related to this industry.

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PMSCs IGWG – U.S. Statement on Existing Initiatives

We are pleased that the Montreux Document continues to attract support. Our hope is that states will use this Document to help ensure compliance with their international law obligations, and in particular IHL.

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Arms Control in the Information Age: Harnessing “Sisu”

Rose Gottemoeller

It has been over 3 years since President Obama made his now-famous speech in Prague, in which he stated that the United States would seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

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Clinton to Attend Pacific Islands Forum Talks, APEC Forum

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend two significant Asia-Pacific forums in the span of two weeks, beginning in the Cook Islands and ending in Vladivostok, Russia, the U.S. State Department said August 28.

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Politics in the United States, American Campaigns & Elections

Petersmall

Dr. David Lublin, professor in the Department of Government at American University in Washington, D.C. spoke at the U.S. Mission via live DVC on the U.S. elections process historically and on trends and developments in the current presidential race

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