The Global Engagement Center

By M. Scott Bortot and John D. Matchison “There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans,...
A participant (right), flanked by an interpreter (left), delivers remarks at a graduation ceremony for ATA-led aviation security training for eight West African nations in Dakar, Senegal, June 22. The train-the-trainer course included 24 airport and aviation security professionals to help their countries meet international airport security standards. Photo by Vince Crawley

Eight African nations complete ATA aviation security courses

By Vince Crawley  Airport security professionals from across West Africa completed five weeks of aviation security training provided by the Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program, in partnership with Embassy Dakar and the government of Senegal, May...
A local conservator teaches a Thai student intern techniques to preserve a 17th century Buddha statue in Wat Chai. Photo courtesy of the World Monuments Fund

Climate change and cultural preservation in Thailand

By Kanchalee “Kelly” Jitjang  During the catastrophic floods of 2011 in Thailand, the walls of the 17th-century Chaiwatthanaram Temple (also known as “Wat Chai”) were overwhelmed, inundating the site with several feet of water. Wat...
Embassy Ankara moved into a new campus in the Söğütözü business district, Aug. 29. The new embassy echoes regional traditions, while minimizing its impact on the local environment. Photo courtesy of Embassy Ankara

New embassy building symbolizes U.S.-Türkiye relationship

By Evan Lewis The U.S. embassy team in Ankara, Türkiye, bid farewell to their former embassy building in the Kavaklidere neighborhood and began operations at their new campus, Aug. 29. The new embassy is situated...

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Making a Statement

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