From left: 2019 Fellowship alumnae Elizabeth Mwambulukutu of Tanzania and Zaharah Namanda of Uganda pose in front of the ICT Chalk Talks art installation in downtown Wichita, Kansas, during their Leadership in Civic Engagement Institute at Kansas State University. Photo courtesy of Kansas State University

Empowering the Future

By Elizabeth S. Liu The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the U.S. government’s signature initiative to engage the next generation of leaders across Sub-Saharan Africa, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (center) and his wife Susan (second...

FSI’s Portuguese section hosts virtual Folk Festival

The Portuguese section of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) hosted a virtual party, June Zoom Folk Festival, June 24. The festival celebrated the traditional Festas Juninas in Brazil, Santos Populares in Portugal, and folk...

Port Louis

Story by Isaac D. Pacheco Millions of years ago, as tectonic forces conspired to reorient the physical geography of the supercontinent Gondwana, volcanic hotspots began to ferociously create new land in the nascent Indian Ocean....
From left: Ambassador David Reimer signs the deed of sale for the new embassy compound site with Notary Bernard d’Hotman de Villiers (back), Hector Espitalier-Noël and Thierry Rey, both of whom represented the land seller—Moka City Limited (also known as ENL). Photo courtesy of Embassy Port Louis

OBO announces new embassy compound in Port Louis

By Nicholas Von Mertens In August, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) purchased an 11-acre property in Mauritius to build a new embassy in Port Louis. The new multi-building compound will be located in...
QSI International School of Dushanbe in Tajikistan used a grant from the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and the Bureau of Administrations’ Office of Overseas Schools to purchase and install new plexiglass dividers in their tech labs and classrooms to provide safe areas for students to work. Photo by Liz Madlinger

Mitigating impacts of pandemic at international schools

By Erica Renew, Michelle Adams, and Beatrice Cameron

Retirements | October 2020

Civil Service Akard, Stephen J.Boone, Louise T.Brown, Julia D.De Soto, Marianne S.Duncan, PennyFranckiewicz, Omnia M.Hatton, JodyHerrick, Christopher M.Hubbard, Alicia M.Hunter, Kevin M.Juhnke, Jeannine M.Kealing, Jeffrey E.Manson, Dennis G.Mondy, Joyce A.O’Sullivan, Susan W.Pierce, Daad H.Queen-Foster, Janice...

Appointments | October 2020

Natalie E. Brown - U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown (SFS) of Nebraska is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda. Since 2016, she served as the chief of mission and chargé...

Mission Canada supports Capital Pride Week

Mission Canada prioritizes diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and in their engagement with the Canadian public. To mark Capital Pride Week, the Progress Pride flag hung prominently from Embassy Ottawa’s chancery, Aug....

Panjakent joins Strong Cities Network

Municipal officials and civil society representatives from cities across Central Asia attended the Strong Cities Network (SCN) regional workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan, December 2019. Representatives from Panjakent, Tajikistan’s city administration and civil society attended...

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