Leading the Way

Members of the Transition Center team gather for an annual photo on the lawn of the Foreign Service Institute, 2019. As of March 2020, Director Ray Leki (center holding rake) leads the team with virtual meetings twice weekly via Zoom. Photo by Michael Mateos
Opening photo: Members of the Transition Center team gather for an annual photo on the lawn of the Foreign Service Institute, 2019. As of...

Inspiring Confidence

Hand places a ballot into a box.
By Michael Liebegott Five years after the 2014 Revolution of Dignity in which the Ukrainian people demanded a democratic, Euro-Atlantic future, they headed to the...

World’s Fair Outreach

The Harlem Globetrotters wowed Expo audiences with their basketball tricks and entertaining skills during a cultural performance representing U.S. talent and diversity. Photo courtesy of the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
The Harlem Globetrotters wowed Expo audiences with their basketball tricks and entertaining skills during a cultural performance representing U.S. talent and diversity. Photo courtesy...

Building Professional Development

As part of a PDP field trip, consulate staff visited the Frankfurt Airport on Aug. 16, 2018, which gave them a chance to see the airport and Lufthansa’s operations. Photo Kenton Ward
By Belgin Vanderploeg and Nicole Tellier The Department of State spends a considerable amount of time and resources recruiting and onboarding talented Foreign Service officers,...

Hometown Diplomats

By Maura M. Pfeifer When Mia ter Haar spoke to ninth graders at Holmes Junior High, in Davis, Calif., she had hoped to give back...

The Conflict Observatory

By Natasha Christensen, Susan Wolfinbarger, and Jason Lapadula  In the days leading up to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Feb. 24, the Kremlin’s rhetoric unveiled...

Removing Barriers

The U.N. Security Council Resolution 2475 on Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict was adopted unanimously at the vote and session, June 2019. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations
By Sofija Korac The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which celebrates its 30th anniversary July 26, prohibits discrimination through all aspects of public life by...

Third of a Century

The 31st A-100, the class of Paul Glimer, Jim Steele, John Bradshaw and Stuart Symington, official class photo, Jan. 10, 1986. State Department photo
By Paul Gilmer The history of A-100 classes dates back to June 7, 1924, when President Coolidge issued Executive Order 4022 establishing a Foreign Service...

Digital Design

By Andy Blackmore and Chris Johnson The design and construction industry has long relied on printed drawings as the conduit for architects and engineers to...

Duck and Cover

A member of the Latvian State Police receives touch-ups to his realistic wounds during the SWORD exercise. Photo by Edgars Grundšteins
By Chad Twitty Not many regional security officers (RSOs) would welcome the opportunity to have hostile protesters gather at the gates of an American embassy...