Looking Back at the Obama Presidency

As the Obama Administration comes to a close, it’s important to look back at the past eight years to appreciate how far America and its global partners have come, as well as to better understand the challenges we will face over the coming years. Today, America’s unemployment rate is 4.6 percent versus 10 percent in 2009. Our country has seen

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The Importance of Investing in Education

Education is the essential foundation for prosperity and opportunity. It strengthens our democracy, enriches our civic life, and serves as a pathway to economic success. It also cultivates young people’s talent and creativity, encourages them to connect with other people, and inspires them to discover and analyze the world in which they live. Everyone – including those in academia, business,

Ambassador Sterling’s Remarks on the Transatlantic Project

As prepared Good morning. It is a pleasure for me to be here today at Matej Bel University and to meet all of you. I’d like to begin by thanking Branislav Kováčik, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, and Martina Šinkovičová from the GLOBSEC Academy Center for inviting me here to speak today. In fact, this

Slovak Startups Conquer the World

  Entrepreneurship and innovation are key economic drivers in Slovakia. The first reception I hosted as Ambassador was a kick-off event for this year’s Startup Awards, and in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve already heard a lot about how Slovakia is on the move – cybersecurity companies, offline navigation systems, and gaming giants – and is truly a

Seizing Opportunities for a Stronger Economic Partnership

In my first month in Slovakia I have been struck by the depth and dynamism of U.S.-Slovak economic ties. But even more so by the potential for the future. Nearly 150 American companies operate here, companies such as U.S. Steel, Microsoft, AT&T, IBM and Cisco Systems. They have created around 50,000 jobs and have contributed to the over $600 million

Statement by Ambassador Sterling on Russia Sanctions and the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements

On September 15 the European Union extended its asset freeze and travel ban against Russian officials and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The United States welcomes this step and believes that sanctions are the most important tool the international community has for convincing Russia to end its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and ensuring full implementation of the Minsk

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