Retirement Counselor Celeste Caldwell reviews a retirement case at her desk. Photo by Leon Lowder

Department sets retirements record in 2021

By Leon Lowder For the Bureau of Global Talent Management’s Office of Retirement (RET), 2021 was a banner year with 837 State Foreign Service and Civil Service employees retiring—the highest annual number on record.  This increase...
The Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of NMAD’s exhibit, #FacingDiplomacy. Illustration courtesy of NMAD

Crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign bolsters #FacingDiplomacy series

By Maryum SaifeeThe National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of their #FacingDiplomacy series, March 30. The campaign is focused on building and sharing a more complete...

Smuggled artifacts returned to Iraq

The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) arranged two major repatriations of ancient artifacts to the people of Iraq, demonstrating U.S. respect for Iraqi culture and adherence to the rule of law. The largest...

Flashback: April 2011

State Magazine’s April 2011 cover showcased the beauty of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, located near Belmopan, as a teaser for the issue's post of the month feature on the U.S. Embassy in Belize.  State...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks at the 16th Annual International Women of Courage ceremony at the Department of State in Washington, March 14. Photo by Freddie Everett

Women leaders forge a brighter future

By Katie Zitzer Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted the 16th Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards in a virtual ceremony at the Department of State, March 14. First Lady of the United States,...

Mozambican and American youth inspire through art collaboration

In the Khongolote neighborhood of Maputo, a mural of a young boy holding a skateboard underneath a yellow sun greets Mozambicans each morning. The mural is one of four collaborative works in Mozambique and...

OBO breaks ground on new U.S. Consulate General in Lagos

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) celebrated the groundbreaking for the new U.S. consulate general project in Lagos, Nigeria, March 31. The new consulate, designed by Ennead Architects, is located on a 12.2-acre...

Chargé d’Affaires tries hand at traditional New Year’s game in Seoul

Chargé d’Affaires to the Republic of Korea Chris Del Corso (center) learned how to play yutnori, a traditional Korean Lunar New Year game, from Korean youth outreach coordinators at the American Center in Seoul,...
Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff set up for the televised broadcast of the regional K-pop competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 2015. Photo by Eugene Bae

Further, Faster, Together

By Dana Marie Jea and Sung-Hoon Park Established in April 2011, the U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) diplomatic staff exchange program has hosted more than 20 American and ROK diplomats for the opportunity to develop a...

Department task force monitors Russian invasion of Ukraine

Working in three, 8-hour shifts, seven days a week, employees from across the Department of State have been monitoring the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine as part of the Ukraine Task Force. From a...

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