An NDF-funded X-ray scanner for vehicles located at an Egyptian inspection point. These scanners search for illicit weapons and other contraband. Photo by Paul van Son

The Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund

by John N. Conlon The Department of State has many responsibilities: maintaining relationships with overseas partners; standing up for human rights; promoting American business; and...

The Office of Foreign Missions

By Mary Kate Godfrey, Carina Sarracino, and Aaron Yost With a clear congressional mandate, minimal staff, seven domestic locations, and the ability to positively influence...
An endangered green sea turtle swimming in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Shane Myers

The Office of Marine Conservation

An endangered green sea turtle swimming in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Shane Myers By Tanya Brothen Affectionately referred to as the...
Opening photo: Dr. Lee Schwartz, back center, the geographer of the Department of State and GGI office director, stands with members of the INR/GGI team. | Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

Office of the Geographer and Global Issues

By Leo Dillon Geography is more than maps; it is a discipline that examines change of a wide variety of topics over space and time....
Assistive technology, such as the DaVinci Pro HD/OCR Text-to-Speech Desktop Magnifier in the Access Center (on the left), allows individuals to magnify documents and have text read aloud to them. Photo by Heidi Howland.

The Office of Accessibility and Accommodations Section 508 Team

Opening Photo: Assistive technology, such as the DaVinci Pro HD/OCR Text-to-Speech Desktop Magnifier in the Access Center (on the left), allows individuals to magnify...
Engineer checking Industrial fire control system,Fire Alarm controller, Fire notifier, Anti fire.System ready In the event of a fire.

Office of Fire Protection

By Edward Babczak In 1980, the Department of State experienced a large fire at Embassy Cairo that destroyed a warehouse. That same year, Embassy Moscow...

Office of Global Criminal Justice

By Lucy Seyfarth In the spring of 2022, the world watched as Russia relaunched an unjustified and brutal war in Ukraine. Amid the immediate action...
EXBS conducts visit, board, search, and seizure training for Yemen Coast Guard to interdict illicit weapons trafficking. Photo courtesy of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Global Maritime Crime Programme

Export Control and Border Security

Visit, board, search, and seize training for Yemen Coast Guard to interdict illicit weapons trafficking. Photo courtesy of the United Nations Office of Drugs...
Former Mexican President Peña, U.S. President Trump and Canadian Premier Trudeau sign a joint statement proclaiming the conclusion of a new free trade agreement, Nov. 30, 2018, which was translated by Language Services. Photo courtesy of the White House

Office of Language Services

By Lefteris Kafatos When U.S. leaders converse with representatives from non-English speaking nations, translation plays an imperative role in ensuring successful communication. In 1789, when...
The Office of Global Partnerships is a small team working to advance private sector engagement across the Department. Photo courtesy of the Office of Global Partnerships

Office of Global Partnerships

By Megan Soller The Office of Global Partnerships (GP), a small office in the Department of State that has existed for more than a decade,...