View from the top of the Spanish Cultural Center in Bata, Equatorial Guinea’s largest city, Jan. 30. The city’s oceanfront promenade is several miles long. Photo by Bryan Schiller

Equatorial Guinea

By Bryan Schiller On the western coast of Central Africa, just north of the Equator, lies the only country on the continent where Spanish is an official language. Many of the Embassy Malabo’s Foreign Service...
Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Estephania De Leon (center) oversees a Marine security guard emergency preparedness training. Photo by Kathryn Edwards

Modern Diplomacy

By Kathryn Edwards On any given Tuesday, in the small West African nation of The Gambia, something unusual in the history of U.S. diplomacy happens; when the U.S. ambassador enters the conference room for the...
The Office of Conservation and Water’s 20-person team works to protect nature for people’s benefit worldwide, while also supporting the U.S. private sector. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Office of Conservation and Water

By Annie Arbuthnot Tigers poached in India, trees illegally felled in Peru, seeds stored in Morocco, and the quality of drinking water in Southeast Asia are just a few examples of what the staff in...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses affected employees at the Town Hall on the PA-IIP Merger, April 2019. Photo by Shehryar Mufti

Historic Merger

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 the State Department. This critical change and evolution within our...
Thirteen of the 14 Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) graduates celebrate with SES CDP staff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe A. Lussier (third from left), and Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Carol Z. Perez (center, gray jacket) after the graduation ceremony in the Burns Auditorium, Jan. 17. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Department encourages diversity among leadership

By Jameela Raja Akbari The Department of State’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) held a graduation ceremony for its most recent participants in the Burns Auditorium of the Harry S. Truman Building,...

Retirements | March 2020

Civil Service Adams, Ronald M.Anders, JaroslawBobotek, Susan T.Burkart, Alex R.Carroll, Thomas J.Cento, Daniel W.Chavanne Lynch, M.Clement-Lilly, Ella M.Cornelious, Kevin B.Everdale, Fred G.Figueroa, Jill F.Frick, Margaret M.Gonzales, Cathy A.Harnish, Leslie A.Harvey, Jayne D.Holton, Pamela G.Jonsson, Nanna...
Nurses at the 2020 MED CNE participate in a trauma simulation. Photo by Marian Thwaites

MED nurses and providers participate in a continuing education program

By Anna Lason The Bureau of Medical Services (MED) safeguards and promotes the health and well-being of America’s diplomatic community and facilitates the diplomatic efforts of the Department of State. MED has more than 700...

Musical Diplomacy

The Brooklyn-based band, The Hunterones, toured Nigeria through a Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsored American Music Abroad program, Jan. 17-Feb. 2. The Huntertones, who take pride in the American musical traditions of...
Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. (right) meets with emergency management personnel at the Victorian State Coordination Center, Jan. 2020. Photo by Nicola Taylor

Unbreakable allies fight fires down under

By Tim Johnson Confronted by its worst bushfire season in decades, Australia has faced an unprecedented loss of human life, wildlife, and property, hazardous smoke, violent weather, and extreme heat beginning in the summer of...

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