Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia James Kulikowski (front right in orange tie), USAID Mission Director Susan Fritz (front center in yellow scarf), and senior European Union representative Peter Wagner (front left in purple tie) hold a joint meeting in Berdyansk, Ukraine, with representatives of recently formed civil society groups to discuss ways to improve city development in the Sea of Azov region. Photo by Nadiya Vertebna

Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia

Opening photo: Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia James Kulikowski (front right in orange tie), USAID Mission Director Susan Fritz (front center in yellow scarf), and senior European Union representative...

Program in Somalia expands education access

Embassy Mogadishu recently highlighted USAID Somalia’s Bar ama Baro (Teach or Learn) program working on expanding access to education for Somali children who were not previously in the classroom. Program staff started by assessing...
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Bill Klein (right side of table, third seat from the left) opens the first annual Mission China Diversity and Inclusion Councils Workshop, May 20. Photo by Nan Hanchao

Mission China’s D&I Councils work together to effect positive change

By Kristin Gilmore Following a series of community-led conversations about structural racism in the United States in August 2020, then-Ambassador Terry Branstad called on the embassy and consulates in Mission China to establish Diversity and...
Retirements

Retirements | August 2021

Civil Service Albin, BarbaraAllen, Mark C.Ambrose, Mary A.Burkes, Todd L.Carlo, Michael P.Chapman, Nilda B.Chisolm, JacquelineChoate, Robert R.Coates, Leon D.Cook, Celenne G.Dedomenic, Mark J.De La Barre, R. RobinEdelkamp, Fredrick S.Foster, Amy K.Gilbert, Kathryn A.Kurrus, Kris R.Langevin,...

ConGen Lagos sponsors workshop for regional journalists

Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli (seated, 3rd from left) met with a group of journalists during a two-day regional investigative healthcare reporting workshop in the Enugu State, June 23. The workshop encouraged more robust...
President Ronald Reagan (far left) meets with Senior Advisors George Shultz (far right), Kenneth Duberstein (third from left), Colin Powell (second from left), Rozanne Ridgway (second from right), and Jack Matlock (third from right) in Helsinki, May 27, 1988. Photo courtesy of the National Archives Catalog

Triumph Amid Turmoil

Opening photo: President Ronald Reagan (far left) meets with Senior Advisors George Shultz (far right), Kenneth Duberstein (third from left), Colin Powell (second from left), Rozanne Ridgway (second from right), and Jack Matlock (third...
Mission Australia’s office management specialists stand outside of the chief of mission residence at Embassy Canberra. Photo by Timothy Dolstra

Mission Australia hosts OMS workshop

By Scott Kennedy and Lisa Cantonwine Embassy Canberra hosted an office management specialist (OMS) workshop for Mission Australia staff, May 7. Participants from the embassy and the consulates in Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney gathered at...
An aerial view of Wuhan at night. Photo by Hrui

Wuhan

By Jeffrey Lakshas and Christopher Green Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and home to 12 million people, is located in China’s heartland. Sometimes called the “Chicago of China” for its similar geographic location and role as a center of manufacturing, transportation, and higher education, Wuhan, in some ways, more closely...

Systemic Progress

By Amanda McCarthy  In 2020, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined the demographic composition of the Department of State’s workforce. GAO’s report, which reviewed fiscal years 2002 through 2018, found that racial or ethnic minorities...

Senior Foreign Service event returns

Acting Under Secretary for Management Carol Z. Perez leads recently promoted Senior Foreign Service (SFS) colleagues in a renewal of the Oath of Office, both virtually and in-person, at an event, July 30. The...

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Making a Statement

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