Steven Manders (red sweater) and members of Embassy Lusaka’s Marine Security Guard detachment (from left) Derius Wright, Nathanael Deschesne, Thomas Lopez, and Daunte Oronabuild, build a pond at an elephant orphanage in Lusaka National Park, Zambia, June 27. Photo courtesy of Embassy Lusaka

Lusaka colleagues build watering hole for orphan elephants

By Carol Borg  When the J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust announced their annual call for proposals, Steve Manders jumped at the chance to use his skills to make a difference. Manders is a retired...
Participants of the Embassy Tashkent-sponsored self-defense camp in Tashkent demonstrate their skills. The program, which also includes mental health coaching, supports women’s empowerment and counters gender-based violence in Uzbekistan. Photo by Haqyor Haydarov

Tashkent-sponsored camp counters violence against women

By Utkirbek Tadjimov With the combined goals of empowering women and combating gender-based violence, the public diplomacy (PD) section at Embassy Tashkent launched its inaugural self-defense camp for women and girls in 2021. The effort,...
Clean Energy Workshop participants in Suva, Fiji, Oct. 4. From left, front row wearing garlands: Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Strategic Lead for Pacific Women Lead Programme Mereseini Rakuita; SPC Deputy Director-General for Science and Capability Dr. Paula Vivili; Bureau of Energy Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Lochman; Tuvalu High Commissioner Dr. Eselealofa Apinelu; and U.S. Embassy Suva Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel. Photo by Bettylyn Matakitoga

ENR delegation launches ‘Women in Energy Strategy’ in Fiji

By Maxine Lunn and Marina Kelly On the heels of the first-ever U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington, a three-person delegation from the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), led by Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Lochman,...
Participants in Embassy Almaty and Youth Excellence on Stage Academy’s arts program gather onstage following their gala concert, Aug 5. Photo courtesy of Embassy Almaty

Consulate General Almaty showcases diverse voices

By Anand Krishna Drawing together 25 aspiring artists of diverse backgrounds from eight Kazakhstani cities, the public affairs section (PAS) at Consulate General Almaty ran a 10-day musical theater program in conjunction with the Youth...
A young visitor engages with a virtual gaming station at the U.S. embassy pavilion at Expo Prado, September 2022. Photo by Juan Francisco Casal

Mission Uruguay boosts public image at Expo Prado

By Heather Murphy Expo Prado is Uruguay’s largest and most important national-level agricultural fair. The 10-day event—held every September—showcases commercial, diplomatic, and agricultural entities from across Uruguay, along with hundreds of livestock competitions representing nearly...
The photovoltaic system at Embassy Niamey harnesses electricity for more than half of the embassy’s needs and produces up to 750kW, the second-highest capacity at any U.S. embassy to date. Photo courtesy of B.L. Harbert International

New battery improves energy efficiency at Embassy Niamey

By David Shaffer and Cynthia Bensburg In August, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) installed its first ever large-scale renewable battery energy storage system at the new U.S. Embassy in Niger. The installation enhances...
Chargé d’Affaires Hugo Guevara (top) assists with installing the solar panels on the secure storage project at the chancery. The solar panels will provide 100% of the energy required to operate the facility during daylight hours. Photo by Alys Spensley

Embassy Baku practices eco diplomacy

By Naomi Anisman In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden laid out his plans to prioritize climate change in foreign policy strategy: “We will lead not merely by the example of our power but by...
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (center, left) pays respects to the victims of the Armenian Genocide at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, Sept. 18. Photo by David Hakobyan

Historic visit underscores U.S. support for Armenia

By Jen McAndrew U.S. Embassy Yerevan welcomed a U.S. congressional delegation led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Armenia, Sept. 17-19. Speaker Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the country....
Ambassador Mark Brzezinski (back wall, fourth from right) and guests welcomed YouTube global Chief Executive Officer Susan Wojcicki (back wall, fifth from right), May 4. Photo by Karolina Gontarek

Mission Poland speaker series advances U.S. policy goals

By Madison Krstich A month after submitting his credentials, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski launched the Businessperson/Statesperson Speaker Series, centered around the notion that business leaders of today have unique insights to share. Invited...
Embassy Ankara moved into a new campus in the Söğütözü business district, Aug. 29. The new embassy echoes regional traditions, while minimizing its impact on the local environment. Photo courtesy of Embassy Ankara

New embassy building symbolizes U.S.-Türkiye relationship

By Evan Lewis The U.S. embassy team in Ankara, Türkiye, bid farewell to their former embassy building in the Kavaklidere neighborhood and began operations at their new campus, Aug. 29. The new embassy is situated...

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