Dogs Enhance Learning Environment

Hobbes may be the smallest of FSI’s volunteer therapy dogs but he has just as much love to share as the largest. Photo by Amanda J. Richard
By Laura E. Smallwood Ambassador Dan Smith, director of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), announced the first official therapy dog program as a permanent fixture...

Supporting Davos Event

President Donald J. Trump meets with Ambassador Ed McMullen (right of center) and the WEF support team, Jan. 22. Photo courtesy of The White House
By Mike Taylor For 51 weeks of the year, the Swiss mountain village of Davos is the picture of Alpine tranquility. Brightly-dressed skiers and hikers...

Future Focused

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stands with Secretary Mike Pompeo as they present a cake in honor of the Department's 230th anniversary celebration program, July 29. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez
By Amanda J. Richard The Department of State became one of the first federal agencies when the First Federal Congress of the United States established...

Champions of Diplomacy

By Amanda J. Richard The first floor of the Harry S. Truman Building was a bustling hive of activity, Feb. 25-26, as leaders of the...

Preparing for Action

U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen work with the Croatian Special Police to rescue the VIP from an attack on her armored car. Photo by Zeljko Straga
By Dana Sanders and Matt Warin As a detachment of Pararescuemen (PJs) aboard two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters circle the skies above Zagreb, embassy personnel...

Mission Professionals

Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan shakes hands with school children during a tour of the Northern Region of Ghana, March 14, 2019. Photo by Archibald Sackey
By Stephanie S. Sullivan Advancing America’s image in Ghana is a Mission-wide effort that directly supports the Trump Administration’s Africa Strategy. Embassy Accra’s interagency public...

Annual Homecoming

From left: Judy Ikels, Carol Z. Perez, director general of the foreign service and director of human resources and William R. Brownfield pose after being presented with the 2019 Director General Civil Service Cup and the Director General Foreign Service Cup, May 3. Photo by Heidi Howland
Above: From left, Judy Ikels, Carol Z. Perez, director general of the foreign service and director of human resources and William R. Brownfield meet...

Her Diplomacy

By Nancy E. Zinn, Ph.D., and Eric D. Duyck Following the successful opening of its preview exhibit “Diplomacy Is Our Mission” in 2019, curatorial staff...

Warrior for Peace

Former President Ronald Reagan talks with then-Ambassador to South Africa Edward J. Perkins at the White House, May 1987. Seated at right are Secretary of State George Shultz, U.S. National Security Adviser Frank Carlucci, and, at far right, National Security Council Senior Director for Africa Hank Cohen. Photo courtesy of the Foreign Service Journal
By Stacy D. Williams Edward J. Perkins on patrol in Korea, 1947. Photo courtesy of the Foreign Service Journal The foreign affairs community lost one of...

A Defector’s Journey

Fourth from right: Ambassador Harry B. Harris Jr. meets with North Korean defector students during the 2019 launch of the U.S. Embassy’s English Access Program. Photo courtesy of Embassy Seoul
By Alexandra Langford Many defectors from North Korea brave journeys of thousands of miles, hazardous crossings, years of hardship apart from their families and the...