No stranger to the Arctic and security issues, U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region Jim DeHart served as charge d’ affaires at Embassy Oslo. Here he delivers welcoming remarks during a shipboard reception held aboard the destroyer USS Oscar Austin in Oslo, October 2017. Oscar Austin was on a routine deployment supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe. Photo by U.S. Navy MC2 Ryan Utah Kledzik

Department announces new office focused on Arctic Region

By Hillary LeBail The Department of State formally announced that James DeHart would assume the new role of U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region, July 29. The announcement comes at a time when the United...
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Institutional Evolution

By Stacy D. Williams Institutional change may seem daunting, but with staff dedicated to addressing systemic challenges that have left valuable employees behind, positive change can ensue. The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) Diversity...

ConGen Karachi celebrates holiday with Pakistani culinary traditions

In celebration of Eid al-Adha, the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi celebrated by introducing Consul General Rob Silberstein and public affairs colleagues to traditional Pakistani barbeque techniques, including chicken, beef, and mutton kabobs. The...
Hunter Treseder (top left), Daniel Stoian (top right), and Jack Anderson (bottom right), who serve as the Bureau of Legislative Affairs’ points of contact for the Bureau’s Summer 2020 Virtual Student Federal Service, lead a WebEx discussion with their eInterns, July 14. Photo courtesy of Hunter Treseder

Virtual internships surge amid pandemic

By Nora Dempsey and Megan L. Kuhn

Expanding the Diplomatic Platform of Resilience

By Dave Shaffer and Peter Brukx With more than 20,000 buildings in nearly 289 different locations, the Department of State has a global platform to highlight sustainability and resilience practices that showcase American innovation and promote conservation and efficiency. The Greening Diplomacy...

Diplomacy Across Borders

By Zennia Paganini One of the challenges for public diplomacy officers who must work outside of their host countries due to conflict and crises is walking those “last 3 feet” when it is hard to...

OBO breaks ground on new embassy compound in Windhoek

The U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Lisa A. Johnson held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Embassy Windhoek campus with Deputy Foreign Minister Jenelly Matundu and Windhoek Mayor Fransina Kahungu, July 23. The new embassy...
A sunset can be seen from the roof of a skyscraper in Tirana, Albania. Photo by Alexey Koimshidi

Albania

By Liam Pepper One of the most pro-American countries in the world, Albania boasts majestic mountains, a stunning coastline, and diverse cultural sites representing its storied history. Its landscape is dotted with ancient fortresses, churches,...

Newly published OBO Access Guide offers building accessibility guidelines

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) published the OBO Access Guide on the Whole Building Design Guide portal, Aug. 5. Developed by OBO’s Office of Design and Engineering in their Architecture Division, the...

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