Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter DeeDee Trotter in Japan, 2020. Photo courtesy of Embassy Tokyo

Sports Diplomacy Division

Opening photo: Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter DeeDee Trotter in Japan, February 2020. Photo courtesy of Embassy Tokyo By Jay Aprea, Matthew Ferner, Kalisha Holmes, Ashleigh Huffman,...
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...
From left: The SAIT Sandbox team Sam Fellows, Stefano Rivolta and Jim Hazeltine-Shedd. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Innovation Sandbox

By Stefano Rivolta  At the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), a nondescript office set among the campus’s numerous classrooms serves as an incubator for new ideas....
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...
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)...
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...
Members of the Department’s OSDBU, (from left) George Price, director; Thelma Edmunds, procurement analyst, Shahrokh “Peter” Zahirieh, senior procurement analyst; Patricia Foster, administrative manager; Rich Vinnacombe, deputy director; Anna Urman, senior procurement analyst, Renee M. Hill, small business liaison; and Dr. J. Anthony Josey, senior procurement analyst. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

By Anna Urman Small businesses are the engine of America’s economy and an unparalleled source of innovation, creating nearly two million jobs annually. Eight million...
Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes (far left), then-nominee to be assistant secretary for population, refugees and migration, speaks with Department of State volunteers supporting Operation Allies Welcome at Dulles International Airport, Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Isaac Pacheco

Office of Refugee Admissions

Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes (far left), then-nominee to be assistant secretary for population, refugees and migration, speaks with Department of State volunteers supporting Operation...

Regional Procurement Support Office

By Jamie M. Fleischhacker The Regional Procurement Support Office (RPSO) is a forward-based activity of the Bureau of Administration’s Office of the Procurement Executive (OPE)...
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...