Secretary of State John Kerry. (EPA/SHAWN THEW). Secretary of State John Kerry. (EPA/SHAWN THEW).

The Obama administration in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal is seeking $46.2 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, just $1.6 billion less than it requested for fiscal 2014.

The figure includes $5.9 billion for “overseas contingency operations,” which serves as the base budget for operations in Afghanistan.

Under the budget proposal, $1.5 billion would be dedicated to address the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria and to “support transitions and reforms” in the Middle East and North Africa, regions still being reshaped more than three years after the start of the Arab Spring.

The fiscal blueprint includes $4.6 billion to secure diplomatic facilities overseas and would support additional security construction – efforts that were largely driven by the fallout from the 2012 attacks on the U.S. compounds in the Libyan city of Benghazi.