Worldwide Welcome

From left: Sister Orla Treacy of Ireland, Razia Sultana of Bangladesh, Naw K’nyaw Paw of Myanmar, Col. Khalida Khalaf Hanna al-Twal of Jordan, Olivera Lakić of Montenegro, Secretary Pompeo, first lady Melania Trump, Flor de María Vega Zapata of Peru, Magda “Mama Maggie” Gobran of Egypt, Moumina Houssein Darar of Djibouti, Marini de Livera of Sri Lanka, and Anna Henga of Tanzania. The 2019 International Women of Courage Award recipients with Secretary Pompeo and first lady Melania Trump stand on stage at the ceremony, March 7 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Ron Pryzsucha
By Linsey Armstrong In March, the Department of State celebrated Women’s History Month through a host of inspiring activities and initiatives. This year, the Department...

From Health to Space

Science Envoy for Health Security Dr. Michael Osterholm, center, discusses research to prevent the spread of infectious diseases during a visit to the Ghana Armed Forces United States Naval Medical Research Unit-3 Molecular Lab. Photo by Isaiah Tuolienuo
By Hillary LeBail and Gavin Piercy Science envoys are preeminent American scientists and engineers who, at the request of the Secretary of State, agree to...

Special Agent

Cover illustration of Patti Morton.
By Angela French The Diplomatic Security Service’s (DSS’s) first female special agent, Patricia “Patti” Morton, was also the first woman to serve as a regional...

Moving The Needle

AAIFAA’s council members pose with the AAIFAA banner in the C Street lobby (from left) Ambassador Daniel Smith, leadership liaison; Charles Kiamie III, vice chair; Nadia Farra, chair; Rola Hariri; secretary and treasurer; and Jamal A. Al-Mussawi, founder and former chair. Not shown is council member Atef Nazir, AAIFAA social affairs coordinator & FSI liaison. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.
By Jamal A. Al-Mussawi Throughout the past two decades, Department of State leadership has consistently acknowledged the importance of inclusion and diversity. The seriousness of...

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,...

Embodying Excellence

By Heidi Howland No single word can describe the 2018 Foreign Service National (FSN) award winners. These exceptional individuals work at U.S. missions abroad and...

Direct from the D.G.

In the two months since I assumed office as Director General, I have had the chance to meet with hundreds of employees both at...

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...

Ebenezer Bassett

A historical etching shows Ebenezer Bassett at the time of his nomination to minister resident.Image courtesy of Harper’s Weekly, May 1, 1869.
By Christopher Teal When President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Ebenezer D. Bassett as Minister Resident (Ambassador) to Haiti in 1869, Bassett made history. As the...

Beyond Books

Bookshelves in the Library, with library logo and black and white photo of Ralph J. Bunche on top.
By Julie Arrighetti For the Department of State’s Ralph J. Bunche Library, 2019 is a year of significant anniversaries. Founded in 1789, the Library has...