Director of the Collaboratory Office in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and host of 22.33, Christoper Wurst (center in blue jacket) poses with the band Humming House after an interview for a 22.33 podcast. Humming House members (from left) Joshua Wolak, Quentin Flowers, Bobby Chase, Justin Wade Tam, and Nathan Wahlman are ECA exchange alumni from the American Music Abroad program. Photo courtesy of ECA
By Edward Stewart One year ago, the Collaboratory—the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) innovation unit—set out to prove two concepts with a new podcast project called 22.33. The concepts that the team wanted to prove were that a small team with a minimal amount of resources could create...
From left: Ambassador John J. Sullivan, FSI Director Daniel B. Smith, and FSI Deputy Director Julieta Valls Noyes attend the placement of a plaque commemorating Sullivan’s ambassadorial training at FSI. Photo by Michael Morrison
By Mark C. Storella “I am convinced more than ever that all career and non-career ambassadors must take ambassadorial training before heading out to post as the president’s personal representative,” said Ambassador John J. Sullivan, former deputy secretary of state, as he stressed that ambassadorial training must be mandatory for...
A Nicaraguan family located in Carpio, San José, receives aid from volunteers from the embassy during the height of the pandemic, July 2020. Photo by Donald Ridder
By Donald Ridder The Carpio community, located near Embassy San José, is an example of how marginal neighborhoods in Costa Rica with large Nicaraguan populations have endured hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated. Carpio is a classic squatter community that took root in the 1990s and is located on...
Russell Palarea, an operational psychologist in the Diplomatic Security Service office gives a presentation “Mass Shootings: What You Can Do To Manage the Threat” as part of National Insider Threat Awareness Month activities, Sept. 11. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.
By Jacqueline Atiles September marked the inaugural National Insider Threat Awareness Month and the Department of State enthusiastically championed this effort. Throughout the month, the Department’s Insider Threat Program offered employees educational information and activities to better understand that recognizing and reporting insider threats is a shared responsibility. To kick off...
From left: Management Officer Amber Conway, Deputy Chief of Mission Pamela Hack, Staff Sergeant Elizabeth Dollinger, Public Affairs Officer Tanya Brothen, Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn, Office Management Specialist Liliana Carlson, and Political/Economic/Consular Officer Emily Hennell from Embassy Bangui celebrate International Women’s Day, Oct. 6. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bangui
By Tanya Brothen When Embassy Bangui made plans to celebrate International Women’s Day—recognized worldwide on March 8—they did not know it would be disrupted by a global pandemic and post’s subsequent ordered departure. Bangui—along with Juba and Mogadishu—is one of three Special Incentive Posts in Africa, primarily due to recurring...
Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli (seated, 3rd from left) met with a group of journalists during a two-day regional investigative healthcare reporting workshop in the Enugu State, June 23. The workshop encouraged more robust investigative and community-driven health reporting to ensure the emergence of functional healthcare facilities that adequately...
The DS/CTS Cybersecurity Awareness Program, in coordination with the Directorate of Information Assurance, promoted this year's NCSAM message with a variety of flyers and other digital media on a dedicated NCSAM website. Illustration courtesy of DS/CTS
By Lonnie Price From cleverly crafted emails designed to fool users into sharing personal information to foreign adversaries targeting program officials to steal sensitive information on major diplomatic initiatives, every day the Department of State’s information and global network assets are under assault by sophisticated cyber adversaries determined to cause...
Cultural Affairs Officer Karl Rogers (back row) stands with Dare-to-Shine Program participants. Photo courtesy of the WE United Project
By Edward Denny For every professional women’s soccer coach or athlete who has reached their lofty goals, there are scores of other young female athletes who are tackling challenges in their field, climbing to the next level. To assist Nepali women who are eager to leave the sidelines, Embassy Kathmandu...
Acting Under Secretary for Management Carol Perez announced the launch of the COVID-19 Mitigation Process (CMP), Sept. 28. The CMP replaces Diplomacy Strong as the Department of State’s framework for upholding model safety principles outlined in the Workplace Safety Plan and for evaluating local risk indicators to determine the...
In celebration of Eid al-Adha, the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi celebrated by introducing Consul General Rob Silberstein and public affairs colleagues to traditional Pakistani barbeque techniques, including chicken, beef, and mutton kabobs. The holiday is one of the most important in Islam and is celebrated in Pakistan through...