A New Normal

The author’s children pose for portrait in their backyard, March, 24, 2020, during their second week of virtual school.
By Isaac D. Pacheco

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...

Equal Opportunity

By Erica Hall and Krish Das Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations, parts of Articles 1 and 2 state,...

Fulbright going strong at 75

President Harry S. Truman (center) poses with a group of Fulbright teachers, 1950. Photo courtesy of the University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Opening Photo: President Harry S. Truman (center) poses with a group of Fulbright teachers, 1950. Photo courtesy of the University of Arkansas Libraries Special...

Surviving the Outbreak

ConGen Wuhan staff provide instructions on luggage handling procedures to U.S. citizen evacuees at the Wuhan International Airport, Jan. 28. Photo by Jamie Fouss
By Russell J. Westergard

Remote Reunion

A photo of the second graduating class of the Foreign Service, 1925, hangs behind a computer screen showing the Foreign Affairs Day opening slide, with a Department of State mug placed on the desk.
By Amanda McCarthy Since 1965, Foreign Affairs Day has served as an annual homecoming for Department of State retirees, honoring their service and bringing them...

Prioritizing People

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Africa and Public Diplomacy Elizabeth Fitzsimmons supports a public diplomacy English Club program in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Photo courtesy of Public Affairs Section Brazzaville
By Jacqueline Mourot “The work of being a Public Affairs Officer was not going to wait for me to translate training into real tactics...

Online to Real World

By Alicia Carter When Dan Sheerin, 61, began interning at the Department of State in 1980, employees’ use of office automation mainly consisted of dictating...

2019 Promotion Planning and Statistics

Blue numbers on a black background.
By Frank Garcia, and Francisco Trigo Each year, the Bureau of Global Talent Management’s Office of Organization and Talent Analytics (GTM/OTA) uses a sophisticated computer...

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...