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President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Request Cuts Foreign Assistance Account But Increases Defense Department’s Funding; President Trump Welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister This Week, While Secretary Tillerson Hosts the Anti-ISIS Global Coalition Partners in Washington; House Intelligence Committee Examines Alleged Russian Influence of the 2016 U.S. Elections

President Donald Trump met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland last Thursday to discuss United States-Ireland economic and cultural ties as part of the White House’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. President Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Friday, where the President commended Germany’s contributions to the fight against ISIS. … Continue Reading

Congress Reconvenes, With the House Considering an Iran Sanctions Act Extension Measure and a Syria-Related Bill; President Obama Travels to Greece, Germany and Peru

Last week, U.S. Businessman Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on 8 November, in what many are describing as an upset.  President-Elect Trump’s transition team is now tasked with vetting possible Cabinet appointees and lower-level appointees, receiving briefings from the Obama Administration on the issues facing the … Continue Reading

The House Armed Services Committee Marks-Up the NDAA, While the Full House Considers an MTB Reform Bill; A Senate Committee Marks-Up the DIGIT Act, While President Obama is in Germany at the Hanover Messe

President Barack Obama travelled to Saudi Arabia last week, meeting with Saudi officials on Thursday and attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit on Friday to discuss crises in the Middle East.  The President then travelled to the United Kingdom (UK), where he urged the UK to remain in the EU ahead of its June … Continue Reading

Malaysian Government Secures MH17 Black Boxes; Kerry Dispatched to Negotiate Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Agreement; Iraq Names New President; Air Algerie Passenger Airliner Crashes

Ukraine Crisis Last week, the Malaysian Government negotiated and secured from the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine the black boxes from the downed passenger airliner (MH17). The Malaysian Government also secured the release of the 298 bodies. The Dutch are leading the investigation on the ground in Ukraine, but have reported difficulty in gaining access to … Continue Reading

United Nations Confirms Nearly 93,000 Deaths in Syria

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Syria Last week, the United Nations confirmed nearly 93,000 deaths in Syria since the start of hostilities there. On Tuesday, June 18, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission will hold a briefing on the human rights and internally displaced persons situation in Syria. Last week, the Syrian opposition continued losing … Continue Reading
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