Assistant Secretary Ellen McCarthy (center in pink jacket) and members of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) during their annual Cherry Blossom Walk in Washington, 2019. Photo courtesy of INR

Bureau of Intelligence and Research

By Sarath K. Ganji  On a brisk winter morning in New York City, W. Park Armstrong was dispatched to the U.N. Secretariat Building to deliver...
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...
Team members of the Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs in the C Street lobby of the Harry S. Truman Building, Feb. 18. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

The Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs

By Janet Chen The global nuclear nonproliferation regime is fundamental to long-term American security. Within the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the Office of...
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...
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,...
The Office of Casualty Assistance team (from left) Deputy Director Shannan O’Bryan, Director Kirk Leach, and Program Specialist Tonyia Warren. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

The Office of Casualty Assistance

by Kirk Leach The Office of Casualty Assistance (OCA) was established within the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) in 1999 in the aftermath of the...
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....
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...