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...
An aerial sunset view of Vienna. Photo by Calin Stan

Vienna

By Cesar G. Soriano and Jordan Coughenour  The sun is barely peeking over the Danube River, but downtown Vienna is already teeming with activity. The sounds of church bells tolling and clip-clops of horse-drawn carriages...
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...
Retirements

Retirements | June 2021

Civil Service Dieye, Seydou Ford, Tracy R.Foster, Patrick R.Fredrick, Mark D.Gordon, Marian R.Hallahan, JanmariKnestaut, Andrew T.Levant, Arthur L.Morgan, Rod Quander, Rhoda M.Roots, LindaRussea-Williams, Carol P.Schilling, Michael R.Sigmon, Jane N.Stewart, Craig R.Swanson, Tinya M.Swartz, Tom M.Thompson, Griffin M.White,...
A photo of the second graduating class of the Foreign Service, 1925, hangs behind a computer screen showing the Foreign Affairs Day opening slide, with a Department of State mug placed on the desk.

Remote Reunion

By Amanda McCarthy Since 1965, Foreign Affairs Day has served as an annual homecoming for Department of State retirees, honoring their service and bringing them up to speed on current happenings in international affairs. Many...

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,...

Take Your Child to Work Day goes virtual

Secretary of State Antony Blinken opened Take Your Children to Work Day (TYCTWD) with a welcome video message, April 22. In the video, Blinken answered questions from Department of State employees’ children worldwide. While...

Ceremony celebrates new consulate in Mexico

Consul General Ken Roy hosted a topping-out ceremony to celebrate the structural completion of the new U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo, Mexico. The event was attended by local government officials, project contractors, and Department...

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