Partnership feeds Department’s hunger for data

By Matthew Graviss, Ph.D.  The Department of State is developing opportunities to transform itself into a more data-centric culture, positioning employees to make better-informed, evidence-based mission decisions. Changing internal culture doesn’t happen overnight for any...
From left: Students Anthony Carrie and Ellie Chester attend their graduation from American International School of Algiers at Embassy Algiers, June 2. Photo by Jessica Lilley

AISA celebrates its first graduates

By Jessica Lilley This year marks a milestone for the American International School of Algiers (AISA) as the institution celebrates its first cadre of graduating middle schoolers. AISA’s success is a remarkable achievement and demonstrates how...
“I Still Believe in Our City” posters were designed by artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya for free usage at protests and rallies in speaking up for the Asian American community. Illustration by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

Employee Affinity Groups stand against anti-Asian violence

By Malene Carr and Moshtayeen Ahmad The recent murders of eight people in Atlanta—including four Korean and two Chinese women—a brutal assault on a Filipino woman in New York City, an attack on a Chinese...
From left: American Institute of Taiwan Managing Director Ingrid Larson and Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States Representative Bi-khim Hsiao initiate a new era of U.S.-Taiwan cooperation at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony in Arlington, Va., March 25. Photo courtesy of TECRO

Strengthening U.S.-Taiwan maritime cooperation

By Fred Vellucci The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Coast Guard Working Group...
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (center) at a roundtable with women leaders in energy and climate in India, April 2021. State Department photo

Climate envoy travels to United Arab Emirates, India, and Bangladesh

By Emma Sylves-Berry As the first-ever Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), former Secretary of State John Kerry leads U.S. diplomatic efforts to reassert U.S. climate leadership and raise global ambition to meet the world’s daunting climate challenge. After traveling to London, Brussels, and Paris in March, Kerry traveled to Abu Dhabi, New...
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 to develop and lead a virtual...
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.   Embassy Eswatini’s public affairs section awarded a grant...
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 on to the International Round, Feb....
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), Regulus Global—a Virginia-based small business—built, integrated,...
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 to celebrate, educate, and recognize the contributions...

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