Third from left: Ryan Guirlinger of Embassy Rabat is presented with the Hayden G. Brown Award for Outstanding Leadership in Energy Security and Access. Members of Brown’s family and ENR Assistant Secretary Francis R. Fannon (far right) joined Guirlinger at the inaugural award ceremony. Photo by Matt McManus

Inaugural memorial award honors work in energy security and access

By Adrian Howe This year marked the inaugural Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) Hayden G. Brown Award for Outstanding Leadership in Energy Security and Access, which honors the outstanding energy-policy work of the late Hayden...
Center in white shirt: Deputy Assistant Secretary Cynthia Kierscht meets with youth ambassadors and leaders at the first-ever Caribbean Youth Forum on Drug Use Prevention in Barbados, Oct. 23. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bridgetown

Caribbean Youth Forum tackles drug abuse

By Shavangi Y. Sutaria More than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017. The addiction, violence, and corruption associated with illicit drug use are not bound by international borders. Many illicit drugs are produced in...
The Work Life Wellness Fair at the Foreign Service Institute, Oct. 4, gave attendees the opportunity to obtain resources from more than 20 different vendors and service providers. Photo and Video by Amanda J. Richard

Work Life Wellness Month highlights workplace flexibilities

By Marjorie Bucknor The Bureau of Human Resources (HR) and the Bureau of Medical Services (MED) kicked off Work Life Wellness Month (WLWM) with motivational speaker Wendy Wollner who was introduced by the Director General...
An EcoGuard practices lifesaving medical interventions with fellow rangers during wilderness medicine training. The training provides the EcoGuards with the knowledge and expertise to deliver higher-echelon care and rapid transportation options. Photo courtesy of Embassy Libreville

Partnering to protect Gabon’s natural assets

By Kevin Chapla The Department of State and the Gabonese government have established a partnership to help protect Gabonese wildlife and the country’s natural beauty across thirteen national parks. This effort is supported by the...
Center: Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster shows appreciation for dancer Lalitha Sindhuri and accompanying musicians (from left) M. Chandrakanth, D.S.V. Sastry, V.B.S. Murali, and K.L.N. Murthy by presenting Sindhuri with flowers after her performance. Photo by Rakesh Malhotra

Celebrating 225 years of U.S.-India ties

By Rosemary Higgins Artists, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, journalists, and other friends of the U.S. Embassy in India gathered at the Roosevelt House—the residence of U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster—to celebrate the 225th anniversary...
Senior Diplomatic Interpreter and Branch Chief Michael Yan (second from left) interprets for President Donald J. Trump and his team in the Oval Office as he meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He following continued U.S.-China trade talks, April 4. Photo by Shealah Craighead

Interpreting for America’s leaders

By Lefteris Kafatos Preparations for international summits include collaboration and coordination between many offices within the Department of State, which includes securing foreign language interpreters. Interpreters do much more than just show up and relay...
Team Darnasol was a collaboration between the University of Maryland-College Park and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Team Darnasol members work on their submission which placed second in the Market Appeal Contest. Photo by Yassine Ameur

Embassy Rabat participates in first Solar Decathlon Africa

By Sacha Fraiture Teams from four American universities—the Colorado School of Mines, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Seattle University and the University of Maryland—joined 44 Moroccan, European and Sub-Saharan African universities at the first-ever Solar Decathlon Africa,...
Amalia rests peacefully in the trees during a regional environmental officer visit to Born Free Ethiopia, May 2019. Photo by Chris Nyce

Combating wildlife trafficking through regional engagement

By Merry Walker and Chris Nyce The illegal trade in lion and cheetah cubs is prevalent in the Horn of Africa. The Ethiopia-Djibouti-Somaliland shipping corridor offers an entry point into Gulf of Aden countries where...
On a monthly volunteer visit to a local orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, members of Making a Difference from Embassy Port-au-Prince spend time with the children, Sept. 22. Photo by Shellon Jonas

Making a Difference through volunteerism overseas

By Faybein Moy Many Foreign Service officers, in addition to working on behalf of their Mission, seek to get personally involved in their host country to make a difference in the local culture and communities...
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

Diplomatic Security promotes cybersecurity awareness in an increasingly adversarial environment

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...

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