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...

Historic Merger

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses affected employees at the Town Hall on the PA-IIP Merger, April 2019. Photo by Shehryar Mufti
By Virginia Blakeman and Alexis Sullivan “Our ability to communicate American foreign policy and values around the world is absolutely core to our success at...

Tapping Potential

OBO Project Director Matt Roy, Project Manager Jamison Taylor, and EPAP FM Gillian Regal (top, left) host an All Hands Meeting to restart a project at Embassy Nairobi. Photo courtesy of OBO
OBO Project Director Matt Roy, Project Manager Jamison Taylor, and EPAP FM Gillian Regal (top, left) host an All Hands Meeting to restart a...

Secure Transition

Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents on the Mobile Security Deployments Team speak with Acting Assistant Secretary Todd Brown (right center) and Acting Director of DSS Carlos Matus (left center) at Department of State headquarters prior to the beginning of the Inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20. State Department photo
Opening photo: Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents on the Mobile Security Deployments Team speak with Acting Assistant Secretary Todd Brown (right center) and...

Diplomatic Security’s Best Friend

Ocsi, a 2-year-old, male German Shepherd, trained by the Canine Training and Operations Center, checks parked vehicles for explosives at Embassy Kabul, October 2020. State Department photo
Ocsi, a 2-year-old, male German Shepherd, trained by the Canine Training and Operations Center, checks parked vehicles for explosives at Embassy Kabul, October 2020....

Safe Passage

By David B. Rochford Lying unconscious in the brush, the elephant’s massive rib cage rose and fell with each labored breath. With gleaming tusks the...

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...

International Disability Rights

The International Disability Rights policy team includes, from left: Foreign Affairs Officer Lynne Madnick, Special Advisor Ann Cody, and Foreign Affairs Officer Charlie Kellett. Photo by Robin Smith
By Charlie Kellett Disability rights are human rights. As the United Nations’ (U.N.) Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, all human beings are born free...

Preserving America’s Cultural Heritage

The Old Tangier Legation in Morocco was gifted to the United States on May 17, 1821 from Sultan Moulay Suliman as a token of appreciation for the Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship that had been signed in 1786. In 1777, Morocco was the first country whose head of state recognized the newly independent United States. The Legation was added to the U.S. National Register in 1981 and was made a National Historic Landmark in 1982. Photo by saiko3p
By Tobin Tracey National Preservation Month, celebrated every May, is a global celebration that highlights the nation’s heritage through historic places and their meaningful stories....

An Inaugural Visit

Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific. Photo courtesy of Embassy Singapore
Opening Photo: Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific. Photo courtesy...