Teams are an integral part of Watch culture and form the backbone of fast-paced task forces. Members of the Ops team (from left) Carolina Ardon Ayala, Christopher Bodington, Jared Yancey, Elaine Kelley, John Ambrose and Betsy Bennion stand outside their office. Photo by James Kaelin

Operations Center

By Carolina Ardon Ayala, Elizabeth Bennion, Elaine Kelley and Luke Meinzen Established in 1961, the Operations Center, or Ops, is an excellent introduction to Washington,...
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...
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....