American Presence Officer Christopher Crawford (sixth from left), mayor of Saint-Etienne Gaël Perdriau (center, at podium with sash), and representatives of the French government join together for the inauguration of William Henry Hunt Square in Saint-Etienne, France, March 17. Photo by Monica Ann Schager

Trailblazing African American diplomat honored in France

By Monica Ann Schager The American consulate in Lyon joined the town hall of Saint-Etienne for the inauguration of William Hunt Square in March 2022. Saint-Etienne is a city of nearly 200,000 people in central...
Project Director and archaeologist Dr. Rasmi Shoocongdej of Silpakorn University (right) explains the methodology for the conservation of the 2,000-year-old log coffins in the Phi Man Long Long Rak Cave to Chargé d'Affaires Michael Heath (left), March 2. Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Preserving 2000-year-old coffins in Thailand 

By Kanchalee “Kelly” Jitjang To underscore the U.S.’s respect for Thailand’s cultural heritage, Embassy Bangkok is working with the Faculty of Archaeology at Silpakorn University to conserve ancient log coffins in deep caves at Phi...
As part of a cooperative bilateral action, American and Chinese muralists portray a vision of the climate future. Two of the winning murals, including “Land Light” (shown here), were displayed on the exterior walls of the Consulate General Guangzhou. “Land Light” was created by a team consisting of American artist DISTORT and Chinese artist Chen Siyu. Photo by Jing Chen

Artists work together to call for climate action in Guangzhou

By Caleb Portnoy On Nov. 10, 2021, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the United States and the People’s Republic of China agreed to accelerate climate action and cooperation. Throughout history, artists...
Panelists of the first session of the Sign@State Symposium, Senior Advisor for Employee Communications Roberta Mather (seated right), Technical Editor Robb Dooling (seated second from right), Foreign Service Specialist Doug Surette (seated center), and Human Resource Specialist/International Compensation Manager Arisa Nakamori (far left on screen) communicate during their event, April 21.

Sign@State demonstrates Department’s commitment to reaching diverse audiences

By Maura M. Pfeifer The Department of State’s deaf and hard of hearing foreign affairs employees took center stage at the Sign@State Symposium, April 21. The event featured the Department’s first-ever panel conducted entirely in...
Winners, honorable mentions, and nominees of the inaugural Data for Diplomacy Awards came from more than 40 Department of State bureaus and posts across the globe. Image courtesy of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions

Department’s data maturity reaches key milestone

By Matthew Graviss The Department of State’s first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS) was a paradigm shift toward a data-driven culture, and the strategy implementation phase began in October 2021. Since then, multifaceted efforts to leverage...
Under Secretary for Management John Bass (center) and other Department of State leaders gather with Greening Diplomacy Initiative award winners, April 21. Photo by Robert Stewart

Greening Diplomacy Initiative Award winners announced

By Peter Brukx At an event celebrating Earth Day, April 21, Under Secretary of State for Management and the Department of State’s Chief Sustainability Officer John Bass announced the winners of the Department’s 2022 Greening...
The American Citizen Welcome Center was set up at the SPA Gloria Hotel in Przemysl, Poland. Photo by Adam Brock

Mission Poland welcomes Americans fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

By Michele Giovia In the early hours of Feb. 24, 2022, Mission Poland’s American Citizen Welcome Center in the southeastern border town of Przemyśl received its first visitors—a family who had fled Ukraine as news...
Ambassador Larry André Jr. (right center) provides closing remarks at the Somali National Weapons and Ammunition Management Coordination Meeting in Mogadishu, March 20. Photo courtesy of the Somali Office of National Security

U.S. and Somalia partner to save lives

By Oznur Alturk Embassy Mogadishu’s interagency participation in Somalia’s National Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) Coordination Meeting reiterated the U.S. government’s strong commitment to increasing security and assisting the Somali government with peacebuilding efforts to...
From Left: Rebecca Nieves, certified physician assistant at the Kampala Health Unit (HU), Dr. Amy Boore, program director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uganda Division of Global Health Protection; Dr. Marek Ma of the Kampala HU; Dr. Julie Harris, CDC resident advisor for the Uganda Field Epidemiology Training Program in Kampala; Thomas Nsibambi, CDC Uganda Laboratory Systems and Policy Team lead; and Dr. Jennifer Galbraith, sustainability advisor for CDC Uganda. Photo courtesy of Embassy Kampala

Embassy Kampala study published in scientific journal

By Marek Ma, Julie R. Harris, and Amy L. Boore Results from an Embassy Kampala investigation into COVID-19 breakthrough infections at post were published in the June volume of the scientific journal, “Emerging Infectious Diseases.”...
From left: Project Director for Overseas Buildings Operations James Cuilla, Qatar Director of the American Affairs Department Ambassador Essa Mohamed Al-Mannai, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian McKeon, Director of Engineering and General Services Ambassador Ismail Ali Abdulla Al-Emadi, Chargé d’Affaires Ian McCary, and Michael Kowalski Procurement engineer and design manager at American International Contractors, Inc. break ground on the new embassy campus in Doha, May 9. Photo courtesy of Embassy Doha

OBO breaks ground on new U.S. embassy building in Doha

By Evan Lewis Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian McKeon, joined Chargé d’Affaires Ian McCary, May 9, for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on the new U.S. embassy in...

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