After weekend-long protests and security restrictions in Port-au-Prince, Ambassador Sison, center in red jacket, and representatives from UN Women launch the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, on Nov. 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Embassy Port-au-Prince

Female leadership team empowers Mission Haiti

By Jessica Slattery A sea anchor stabilizes boats in heavy weather, preventing the vessel from turning broadside and being overwhelmed by waves. In the past year, Mission Haiti has relied on its own metaphorical sea...
Teams are an integral part of Watch culture and form the backbone of fast-paced task forces. Members of the Ops team (from left) Carolina Ardon Ayala, Christopher Bodington, Jared Yancey, Elaine Kelley, John Ambrose and Betsy Bennion stand outside their office. Photo by James Kaelin

Operations Center

By Carolina Ardon Ayala, Elizabeth Bennion, Elaine Kelley and Luke Meinzen Established in 1961, the Operations Center, or Ops, is an excellent introduction to Washington, D.C. Ops officers get a front-row view of U.S. foreign...
Ethics Answers

Ethics Answers | May 2019

Question: I’m an FS-03 stationed abroad and my alma mater has invited me to campus to speak at a career day about how I transitioned from the private sector to government service. They offered to...
Attendees of a roundtable discussion on women in technology (from left) Rebecca Wanjiku, Stacey Ondimu, Demian Lamadrid, Jennifer Otieno, the Department’s acting CIO Karen Mummaw, Nekesa Were, Linda Lelei, Shiro Theuri, Freida Mati, Wanja Kimandi, Lysa Giuliano and Selam Emiru pose for a picture in front of the iHub entrepreneurship and innovation center on Dec. 7, 2018. Photo by Benson Mutahi

State CIO leads women’s technology roundtable in Nairobi

By Selam Emiru Last December, the Department’s acting CIO Karen Mummaw along with members of Embassy Nairobi’s Information Resource Management (IRM) team visited iHub, an entrepreneurship and innovation center. The team participated in a roundtable...
Retirements

Retirements | May 2019

Civil ServiceBohanon, Donna M.Brancato, GildaBrown, Carolyn L.Carter, Carol A.Clark, Pamela D.Cleveland, Wayne E.Cook, OiltipCooper, Angela W.Crue, Karen E.Davis-Dudley, Bonita A.Decker, Christina R.Decker, Tony L.Dennis, Bernard G.Doery, RichardDonley, Christine B.Dunbar, Leon L.Foster, Kathleen V.Frost, Susan...
In March, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster visited Kerala, a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India where severe flooding claimed 483 lives last August. Juster toured the impressive Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India’s largest contemporary art exhibition, and interacted with artists and volunteers. The ambassador reflected on the themes of recovery and resilience expressed through the artwork and encouraged continued U.S.-India collaboration in the arts and education.

Kerala art exhibition depicts resilience

In March, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster visited Kerala, a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India where severe flooding claimed 483 lives last August. Juster toured the impressive Kochi-Muziris Biennale,...
Ambassador John Desrocher, center with pink tie, and his spouse, Karen Rose, to his right, pose for a photo with some of the members of the Algerian Higher School of Music and the Morehouse College Glee Club, after their final concert at the National Theatre of Algiers, Jan. 3, 2019. Photo by Farid Azira

EducationUSA hits high note in Algeria

By Suemayah Abu-Douleh Embassy Algiers recently collaborated with the Algerian Ministry of Culture and the Algerian Higher School of Music (INSM) to present a concert tour by the Morehouse College Glee Club (MCGC). Due to...