Burning candles are a symbol of Holocaust Remembrance Days around the world. Photo by Irisphoto1

Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues

Opening photo: Lit candles are a symbol of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. By Deborah Guido-O’Grady In his first public remarks as secretary of state, Antony Blinken...
Qatari special forces and U.S. special operators encounter a simulated gunman at the Qatar Metro Station, Mar. 24, 2021, during a training exercise called Invincible Sentry 21 in Doha. Invincible Sentry represented a unique opportunity to train with Qatari partners to exercise critical crisis response capabilities. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex L. Smedegard

Office of Special Programs

Qatari special forces and U.S. special operators encounter a simulated gunman at the Qatar Metro Station, Mar. 24, 2021, during a training exercise called...
The International Disability Rights policy team includes, from left: Foreign Affairs Officer Lynne Madnick, Special Advisor Ann Cody, and Foreign Affairs Officer Charlie Kellett. Photo by Robin Smith

International Disability Rights

By Charlie Kellett Disability rights are human rights. As the United Nations’ (U.N.) Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, all human beings are born free...
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 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...
Florida Regional Center staff gathers together on a bright winter day in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, Dec. 19, 2022. Photo courtesy of the Florida Regional Center

Florida Regional Center

Florida Regional Center employees gather for a team photo on a bright winter day in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dec. 19, 2022. Photo courtesy of...
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....
From left: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Philip T. Reeker and Slovak Political Director Roman Bužek sign a memorandum of understanding establishing a regular U.S.-Slovakia Strategic Dialogue, in Washington, October 2020. State Department photo

Office of Central European Affairs

By John M. Grondelski  In the recent past a planned trip to a Central European country by a Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR)...

Email Service Management

By Trey Jammes and Robert Choy The introduction of email and instant messaging (IM) services brought welcome enhancements to the workplace. Both have become highly...
A Diplomatic Security Service special agent (fourth from right) along with U.S. and Armenian law enforcement officials return a U.S. fugitive wanted for second-degree sexual abuse. The fugitive pleaded guilty in May 2018 and is serving 25 years in the state of Iowa. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service

The Overseas Criminal Investigations Division

Opening photo: A Diplomatic Security Service special agent (fourth from right) along with U.S. and Armenian law enforcement officials return a U.S. fugitive wanted...