The US State Department’s future under the Biden administration

November 24, 2020

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Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken is show wearing a dark blue suit and tie while speaking and Joe Biden in the background.

President-elect Joe Biden listens as his Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del, Nov. 24, 2020.


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As President-elect Joe Biden announces his picks for the State Department's top positions, experts are making recommendations for how the department needs to change. And, clashes between Ethiopia's federal government and rebels in the northern region of Tigray have continued for three weeks, displacing tens of thousands of people, with no end in sight. Also, the first time, the Oxford English Dictionary couldn’t pick only one word of the year.

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