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...

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,...

Embassy Apia and U.S. Forest Service help Samoan mangroves

A $50,000 grant funded by the Department of State and administered by the U.S. Forest Service is helping the village of Moata’a restore its renowned mangroves. The village logo reads “Your Village, Your Identity,”...
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...
Even in a country often perceived as homogeneous and untouched by racial issues, thousands marched to protest in Tokyo, showcasing their outrage over the death of George Floyd, June 14, 2020. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko

Power of Example

Opening photo: Even in a country often perceived as homogeneous and untouched by racial issues, thousands marched to protest in Tokyo, showcasing their outrage over the death of George Floyd, June 14, 2020. Photo...

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...
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...
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...
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...

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Making a Statement

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