School children participate in a beach clean-up activity in the coastal city of Salado Barra, Honduras, 2019. Photo courtesy of CAFTA-DR Environment Cooperation Program

Fostering Environmental Protection

Opening Photo: School children participate in a beach clean-up activity in the coastal city of Salado Barra, Honduras, 2019. Photo courtesy of CAFTA-DR Environment Cooperation Program By Sarah Flores, Anel Gonzalez-Ruiz, and Neal Morris  In one...
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Council members from left: James Shea, Gillian Oak, Kris Arvind, and Alyce Ahn. Photo by Ryan Sandor

Setting the Stage

By Michelle Warren, Gillian Oak, and Kris Arvind The nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, the invasion of the U.S. Capitol by rioters Jan. 6, 2021, and...
From left: American Institute of Taiwan Managing Director Ingrid Larson and Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States Representative Bi-khim Hsiao initiate a new era of U.S.-Taiwan cooperation at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony in Arlington, Va., March 25. Photo courtesy of TECRO

Strengthening U.S.-Taiwan maritime cooperation

By Fred Vellucci The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Coast Guard Working Group...

PDAA honors outstanding PD initiatives

The Public Diplomacy Association of America (PDAA)—a not-for-profit, voluntary association of public diplomacy professionals—announced winners of its annual awards for excellence in public diplomacy by honoring individuals who, during the COVID-19 pandemic, used creativity...
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (center) at a roundtable with women leaders in energy and climate in India, April 2021. State Department photo

Climate envoy travels to United Arab Emirates, India, and Bangladesh

By Emma Sylves-Berry As the first-ever Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), former Secretary of State John Kerry leads U.S. diplomatic efforts to reassert U.S. climate leadership and raise global ambition to meet the world’s daunting climate challenge. After traveling to London, Brussels, and Paris in March, Kerry traveled to Abu Dhabi, New...

Embassy Kathmandu collaborates to provide PPE

During the height of the COVID-19 crisis in spring 2021, Nepal was overwhelmed by a second wave of the coronavirus, quickly running out of hospital beds, ventilators, and oxygen reserves. Despite international travel restrictions,...

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, “All humans are born free and equal in dignity and...
Committee members of Dublin Strong, from left: Paul Hoey, Kevin Gonzalez, Peter Lee, Lori John, Josh Strauss, and Sara Feuerstein. Photo By Grace B.

Mission Dublin creates virtual professional development program amid pandemic

By Lori John When the COVID-19 pandemic began to take its toll on the everyday work of Mission Dublin, the deputy chief of mission encouraged a group of volunteers to develop and lead a virtual...
Burning candles are a symbol of Holocaust Remembrance Days around the world. Photo by Irisphoto1

Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues

Opening photo: Lit candles are a symbol of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. By Deborah Guido-O’Grady In his first public remarks as secretary of state, Antony Blinken put the world on notice that resolving remaining Holocaust issues...

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