Crisis Management

By Lara K. Harris As the Department of State faces unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foreign Service Institute’s (FSI) Leadership and...

Women in Facility Management

In April 2021, the women in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Office of Facility Management were highlighted in the bureau’s “FAC newsletter” for their contributions to U.S. diplomacy and for the integral role they play in closing the gender gap in the cities in which they serve. Illustration by Krystle Villanueva
By Rebecca Beatty The Facilities (FAC) section in an embassy has a unique opportunity to directly contribute to U.S. National Security interests by empowering an...

Historic Year of Advocacy

Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a virtual roundtable with the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association, moderated by its president Shirlene Yee (left) at the Department of State in Washington, July 22. Photo by Freddie Everett
Opening photo: Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a virtual roundtable with the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association, moderated by its president Shirlene Yee...

Breaking Bread

Top-rated pastry chef Frederic Cyr from the world renowned Fairmont-Frontenac Hotel created a camera ready version of the American pecan-rum cake. Photo courtesy of the Fairmont-Frontenac Hotel
Opening Shot: Top-rated pastry chef Frederic Cyr from the world renowned Fairmont-Frontenac Hotel created a camera ready version of the American pecan-rum cake. Photo...

A Centennial Celebration

The first location of the New Orleans Passport Office in 1921 was room 313 in the U. S. Custom House, shown here, circa 1930. Photograph by Charles L. Franck
Opening photo: The first location of the New Orleans Passport Office in 1921 was room 313 in the U. S. Custom House, shown here,...

Securing the Games

Opening photos: The official opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Tokyo National Stadium, July 23, 2021. Photo by A. Ricardo By Angelica Harrison After...

Games Like No Other

Consular Officer Jason Dyer (front, center) works in the Joint Operations Center, a 24-hour center at Embassy Tokyo, monitoring all things related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photo courtesy of Mission Japan
Opening Photo: Consular Officer Jason Dyer (front, center) works in the Joint Operations Center, a 24-hour center at Embassy Tokyo, monitoring all things related...

Marvelous Training Ground

Beach volleyball and other outdoor activities and sports are key to the “Carioca” lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Scott Hamilton
Opening Shot: Beach volleyball and other outdoor activities and sports are key to the “Carioca” lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Scott Hamilton By...

The Court Needs Her

Opening photo: The Deshi Ballers in action during The Deshi Ballers’ Third Annual “Choose to Challenge” tournament in celebration of the 2021 International Women’s...

Mental Fitness

By Young Hoang “My mental is not there,” were the words of USA Olympic gymnast Simone Biles before withdrawing from the team final competition, July...