Historic Century

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, AFSA’s president, gives remarks at the Foreign Service Journal centennial exhibit opening held in the U.S. Diplomacy Center. Photo by Joaquin Sosa
By Donna Scaramastra Gorman The Foreign Service Journal (FSJ or Journal)—published by the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)—celebrated its 100th birthday, March 20, with an...

Resilience Training

Damien McCombs, one of CEFAR’s instructors, leads a discussion on personal resilience for a recent Foreign Service specialist orientation. Photo by Heidi Howland
By Eric Cipriano Today’s ever-changing world demands flexibility and productive responses, for which many people are not prepared. Diplomacy in the 21st century requires effective,...

Diversity in Action

HR/OAA/DRAD’s reasonable accommodations analysts are ready to answer questions during an event. State Department photo
By Steve Walker When people think of diversity, they often think of demographic groups such as race or gender. However, diversity is a much broader...

Cultural Oasis

Two women walk past a brightly painted wall near the entrance of the Khareef Festival in Salalah, Oman. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco
By Michelle Y. Outlaw Salalah, the second largest city in Oman, is the capital city of the southern governorate of Dhofar and is one of...

An Auspicious Anniversary

The Administration Bureau’s Media Services Division staff focus on sound and video while filming the interview from multiple angles. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.
By Isaac D. Pacheco Last year, President Donald Trump tapped former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo to serve as the nation’s 70th...

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...

Secure Departure

RSO Caracas security personnel check vehicles prior to the motorcade carrying embassy personnel to the airport, March 14, in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo by Joel Gomez
By Angela French Ordered departure: It rarely happens, but when it does the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) makes sure it is done...

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...

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...

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...