Committee members of Dublin Strong, from left: Paul Hoey, Kevin Gonzalez, Peter Lee, Lori John, Josh Strauss, and Sara Feuerstein. Photo By Grace B.

Mission Dublin creates virtual professional development program amid pandemic

By Lori John When the COVID-19 pandemic began to take its toll on the everyday work of Mission Dublin, the deputy chief of mission encouraged a group of volunteers...
Broadcast journalism students conduct a live interview with Ambassador Jeanne Maloney (left) at UNESWA FM 88.2, March 31. Photo by Stephanie Sandoval

Embassy Eswatini establishes new radio station for Emaswati youth

By Stephanie Sandoval Ambassador Jeanne M. Maloney launched the “American Voices” radio show on University of Eswatini (UNESWA) FM 88.2, the newest radio station in Eswatini, March 31.  
The winning team from Dhaka University, top row from left: Rabeya Akter Ritu, Farhaan Uddin Ahmed, and Sal Sabil Chowdury; second row from left: Rakibul Islam Bhuiyan, Akhtar Imam, and Michael Peil; bottom row from left: Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury, Fatima-Tuz-Zohora, and Rakibul Islam Bhuiyan are seen virtually during the final match of the International Round of the fifth Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Feb. 13. Photo by Md. Luhanujjaman Basunia

Bangladesh hosts Moot Court Competition national round

By Michelle Prince  The Dhaka University Moot Court Society (DUMCS) team won the Bangladesh National Round of the fifth Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Jessup), moving...
Commander Sonia Miller of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (left) greets U.S. Embassy Senior Defense Official, Commander Kevin Self (right), upon receiving $20,000 in equipment to aid in the fight against coronavirus in The Bahamas. Photo by Daniel Durazo

Public-private partnership helps the Bahamas respond to COVID-19

By Ramona Layne Mueller and Daniel Durazo  In late 2020, Embassy Nassau showed what’s possible when government agencies and private companies work together. Working with U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM),...
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi discusses political undertones of iconic artworks of the 20th century in the Arab world, during an Arab Americans In Foreign Affairs Agencies (AAIFAA)-hosted virtual event in honor of National Arab American Heritage Month, April 14. Screenshot courtesy of AAIFAA

AAIFAA celebrates and reflects during Arab American Heritage Month

By Nadia Farra and Dr. Charles Kiamie III In celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month in April, Arab Americans In Foreign Affairs Agencies (AAIFAA) led several efforts...
Mission Bosnia and Herzegovina Diversity and Inclusion Working Group co-chairs Star Hy (left) and Shamaine Martin-Crick (right) open the Mission’s Diversity Book Library, January 2020. State Department photo

Mission Bosnia and Herzegovina establishes Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

By Star Hy  When U.S. Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Ambassador Eric Nelson laid the foundation for a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) at post in 2020,...
Grammy and two-time Latin Grammy Award winner Aymée Nuviola performs a virtual concert at Fort Benning, Ga., Feb. 24. Screenshot courtesy of USAID

Black History Month concert features Grammy Award winner

By Tracey Reavis Music was the highlight of a Black History month event when Grammy and two-time Latin Grammy Award winner Aymée Nuviola performed a virtual concert for an...
CDI members Uyanga Erdenebold and Laura Sheehan, joined by seeing eye dog "Dunaway," work on a community podcast highlighting members of the community to showcase the diversity within Mission Japan. Photo by Mikayla Conners

Mission Japan confronts racism and systemic inequality

By Thanh C. Kim Following George Floyd’s death, May 25, 2020, Mission Japan members organized a virtual discussion on race that reached more than 200 community members, leading to...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks at the 2021 International Women of Courage Awards virtual ceremony with First Lady Jill Biden at Department of State headquarters in Washington, March 8. Photo by Freddie Everett

Women of Courage quindecennial

By Katie Zitzer Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken hosted the 15th Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award ceremony in Washington, March 8. Special remarks were delivered by...
From left: Department of State Spanish interpreter Irene Bruno and Japanese interpreter Lefteris Kafatos interpret in the Hub for a remote meeting. Photo by Erric Briggs

Language Services opens remote interpreting hub

By Lefteris Kafatos Since its founding by Thomas Jefferson, the Office of Language Services (LS/I) has acted as America’s foreign mouthpiece to all non-Anglophone interlocutors. In the realms of...

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