A local conservator teaches a Thai student intern techniques to preserve a 17th century Buddha statue in Wat Chai. Photo courtesy of the World Monuments Fund

Climate change and cultural preservation in Thailand

By Kanchalee “Kelly” Jitjang  During the catastrophic floods of 2011 in Thailand, the walls of the 17th-century Chaiwatthanaram Temple (also known as “Wat Chai”) were overwhelmed, inundating the site with several feet of water. Wat...
A participant (right), flanked by an interpreter (left), delivers remarks at a graduation ceremony for ATA-led aviation security training for eight West African nations in Dakar, Senegal, June 22. The train-the-trainer course included 24 airport and aviation security professionals to help their countries meet international airport security standards. Photo by Vince Crawley

Eight African nations complete ATA aviation security courses

By Vince Crawley  Airport security professionals from across West Africa completed five weeks of aviation security training provided by the Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program, in partnership with Embassy Dakar and the government of Senegal, May...
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus (ROC) Judith Garber and ROC Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Works Permanent Secretary Stavros Michael sign a five-year Agreement on Cultural Heritage Protection at the Cyprus Museum, June 14, 2022. Photo by Jessie Bryson

Bilateral agreement expands cultural heritage protection in Cyprus

By Jessie Bryson U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus (ROC) Judith Garber and the ROC’s Permanent Secretary of Transport, Communications, and Works Stavros Michael signed the first bilateral agreement on cultural heritage protection, June...
Global Community Liaison Office staff members speak to individuals from the Mohamed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies and human resource representatives from the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs, June 15. Image by Mahmood Ahmed

Groundbreaking partnership in ‘Pearl of the Gulf’

By Linda McMullen Embassy Manama has worked closely with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for more than 50 years. In October 2021, the embassy enhanced this relationship by collaborating with the...
Consul General Lisa Heller (right) extracts honey from Mission China’s first apiary, with support from Strategic Content Coordination Director Caleb Portnoy (left). Photo by Jing Chen

Pollinators create a biodiverse buzz in Guangzhou

By Leslie Mongin Confronting the climate crisis can seem daunting on an individual level, but the Green Team at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou is proving that communities can take everyday actions to make...
Embassy Phnom Penh celebrates winning the Mekong Friendship Cup in Vientiane, June 19. Photo by Tbecks Media

Friendship Cup held in Ho Chi Minh City

By Andrew Herrmann and Gaetan Damberg-Ott During the Juneteenth holiday weekend, more than 400 players, supporters, friends, and family members gathered in Ho Chi Minh City for the 12th Mekong Friendship Cup, a regional soccer...
Chargé d’Affaires Amy J. Hyatt (top row, second from right in purple shirt) and Deputy Chief of Mission Tobias Glucksman (top row, right in pink tie) host members of the U.S. Embassy Administrative Professionals Corps and their cohorts from the government ministries, foreign missions, and international organizations for a “Strengthening and Building Connections” networking event at the deputy chief of mission’s residence, Sept. 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of Embassy Antananarivo

Administrative professionals launch innovative support network in Madagascar

By Jennifer Robinson, Romina Rajaonah, and Sedera Raliniainjanahary Department of State’s administrative professionals operate behind the scenes to keep the Department running, using unrivaled institutional knowledge and capabilities. To acknowledge the value of this work,...
Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland (bottom) and panelists discuss the Learning Agenda during the virtual launch, June 30. Image courtesy of the Office of Foreign Assistance

Department collaborates with Harvard University to launch the Learning Agenda

By Harrison W. Brooks The Department of State and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs launched the Learning Agenda, an effort to institutionalize evidence-based learning and use data to enhance...
Illustration courtesy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Shining the spotlight on human trafficking

By Sarah Evans and Sylvia Amegashie On July 19, Secretary of State Antony Blinken released the 2022 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which includes narratives and tier rankings for 188 countries and territories, including the...
Air Cargo Control Unit officers are coached on proper procedures while inspecting a shipment, April 2022. Photo courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Embassy Tashkent supports counter-smuggling efforts in Uzbekistan

By Jack Anderson Criminals and terrorists often hide guns, drugs, and trafficked people in freight containers. This smuggling fuels organized crime, terrorist networks, and other illicit enterprises and continues to pose a major challenge throughout...

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