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Russia's Future Is in Russia's Hands
"Whether Russia’s leaders overcome their nostalgia for another time, and reconcile themselves to the sources of power and the exercise of power in the 21st century – still remains to be seen. The decision is clearly Russia’s – and Russia’s alone. And we must all hope, for the good of the Russian people, and for the sake of us all, that Russia’s leaders make better and right choices."
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African Affairs Bureau Marks 50th Anniversary

50 logo, representing 50-year anniversary of AF BureauThe AF Bureau is 50 years old this year. Its story is one of support for the U.S. ideal of equality, domestically and overseas.
State magazine article [PDF] l more about African Affairs

The Secretary’s visit to Libya signified a new chapter in U.S.-Libyan bilateral relations. Secretary Rice is the first U.S. Secretary of State to travel to Libya since John Foster Dulles did so in 1953. Normalized relations between the two countries enable the expansion of bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including education and culture, commerce, science and technology, security and human rights.

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