The Pentagon has agreed to shrink the size of its forces, but the Japanese prime minister vowed to get an unpopular Okinawa base moved entirely. Officials will try to resolve the US-Japan dispute Wednesday.
Mutual suspicions are expected to be set aside as Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Washington this week. Both countries seek a stronger partnership that will help Afghanistan resist the Taliban.
Americans might have a rooting interest in the UK general election. The two leading candidates for prime minister have opposite views about the importance of the US-Britain relationship.
Updating and strengthening the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) at the UN is a major diplomatic challenge. For one thing, there are no real penalties for ignoring it.
In a rambling press conference during the UN conference on nuclear nonproliferation, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that most countries support Iran's nuclear program.
The NPT conference is breathing new life into a 15-year-old proposal to create a nuclear weapons free Middle East. The West is focusing on Iran, but Israel would have to play ball, too.
Hillary Clinton made the announcement during a UN conference on nonproliferation. The move toward transparency is part of Obama’s quest for a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his speech at the opening of the United Nations nuclear non-proliferation conference Monday to accuse the world's nuclear powers of 'monopolizing' nuclear technology.
Secretary Clinton will declare the 40 year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty threatened by Iran and North Korea, while Iran's Ahmadinejad is expected to criticize world powers for failing at disarmament.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to come to New York next week to speak at a United Nations conference on nuclear nonproliferation. The US can't really keep him out of the UN, but some are urging hotels to post 'no vacancy' signs.
There are bright spots regarding press freedom, but there's been an overall decline for eight straight years, according to a new report. Other political and social freedoms may be waning, too.
A bipartisan national commission finds President Obama wanting when it comes to defending and promoting global religious freedom. It names 13 countries as serious violators.
Iraq’s postelection process of forming a new government has been troubled and drawn-out. Now, American officials are openly questioning the impact on US-Iraq relations.
The House and Senate are progressing with bipartisan legislation to impose sanctions in response to the Iran nuclear program. But President Obama faces difficulties in the UN Security Council.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in speaking out against the Senate Budget Committee's proposed cuts to international programs in the State Department budget. Military and diplomatic missions are too linked not to fund one side of them, they argued.
Some agreement on new construction in Jerusalem is key to resuming peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The US has yet to ratify its free trade agreement with Colombia, and Colombia's trade minister is in Washington this week to deliver a message: It's costing the US jobs and exports.
Since South Korea's ship the Cheonan went down, Seoul has been careful not to jump to conclusions about North Korean involvement. But the list of provocative acts by the north is long.
The State Department's new Civilian Response Corps supplements US military efforts in disaster areas, such as Haiti, and war zones. It's still small but has the backing of top officials.
In many ways, the nuclear summit was a victory for President Obama. But it also suggested that his goal of putting nuclear weapons under lock and key won't be realized quickly or easily.