The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 14

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I think Americans have learned that it’s harder to end wars than it
is to begin them. Yet this is how wars end in the 21st century: not
through signing ceremonies, but through decisive blows against
our adversaries, transitions to elected governments and security forces who
take the lead and, ultimately, full responsibility. We remain committed to a
sovereign, secure, stable and unified Afghanistan. And toward that end, we
will continue to support Afghan-led efforts to promote peace in their coun-
try through reconciliation.
We have to recognize that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place, and it is
not America’s responsibility to make it one. The future of Afghanistan must
be decided by Afghans. But what the United States can do—what we
will do—is secure our interests and help give the Afghans a chance,
an opportunity to seek a long-overdue and hard-earned peace.
—President Barack Obama,
following his return from Afghanistan.
Contemporary Quote
covert activities threatens the present
participants and future potential of much
of what we undertake internationally to
improve health and provide humanitar-
ian assistance. As public health academic
leaders, we hereby urge you to assure the
public that this type of practice will not be
Africa and the Middle East, the majority
in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Ministry of Health,
in accordance with WHO guidance, began
requiring all travelers leaving Pakistan to
show proof of polio vaccination on June 1.
media. The memo, from Lisa O. Monaco,
Assistant to the President for Homeland
Security and Counterterrorism, says:
“The United States strongly supports
the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
and efforts to end the spread of the polio
virus forever. In response to your January
2013 letter to the president expressing
concern about the safety of vaccination
workers, I wanted to inform you that
the Director of the Central Intelligence
Agency directed in August 2013 that
the agency make no operational use of
vaccination programs, which includes
vaccination workers.
“Similarly, the agency will not seek to
obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic
material acquired through such pro-
grams. This CIA policy applies worldwide
and to U.S. and non-U.S. persons alike.”
CIA Director John Brennan made the
decision, according to CIA spokesman
Todd Ebitz, because he “took seriously
the concerns raised by the public health
community. By publicizing this policy,
our objective it so dispel one canard that
militant groups have used as justification
for cowardly attacks against vaccination
—Shawn Dorman, Editor
Changing the
Voice of America
bill to overhaul the
has prompted an intense debate
between supporters, who say the changes
would better equip the broadcast news
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