Stronger Together

By Alison Dilworth “Majlis” is an Arabic term meaning council. It has been used to describe various special gatherings among common interest groups for administrative, social, or religious reasons. The Majlis is incredibly important throughout...

Ambassador tours educational facility in Timor-Leste

Embassy Dili’s American Corner welcomed Ambassador Kevin Blackstone, March 1, where he toured the facility and was introduced to group leaders who explained why they volunteer and what their teams do. Locally known as...
CDI members Uyanga Erdenebold and Laura Sheehan, joined by seeing eye dog "Dunaway," work on a community podcast highlighting members of the community to showcase the diversity within Mission Japan. Photo by Mikayla Conners

Mission Japan confronts racism and systemic inequality

By Thanh C. Kim Following George Floyd’s death, May 25, 2020, Mission Japan members organized a virtual discussion on race that reached more than 200 community members, leading to a clear, collective call to action.      “We...
Former President Ronald Reagan talks with then-Ambassador to South Africa Edward J. Perkins at the White House, May 1987. Seated at right are Secretary of State George Shultz, U.S. National Security Adviser Frank Carlucci, and, at far right, National Security Council Senior Director for Africa Hank Cohen. Photo courtesy of the Foreign Service Journal

Warrior for Peace

By Stacy D. Williams Edward J. Perkins on patrol in Korea, 1947. Photo courtesy of the Foreign Service Journal The foreign affairs community lost one of the most revered Foreign Service figures in a generation, Nov....
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) purchased a housing campus in Santo Domingo that they had been leasing for years, August 2020. The compound was built to OBO seismic, safety, and security standards and is conveniently located less than one mile from the embassy. Photo by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

Investing in the safety of American diplomats serving abroad

By Elizabeth Slaughter, Mark Schmidt, and Erich Chan  The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) is committed to providing safe and secure housing for all U.S. diplomats serving overseas. However, the Department of State does...

Bilateral exercise helps secure regional stability

U.S. and Moroccan fighter jets flew over the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Atlantic Ocean during “Lightning Handshake,” a bilateral maritime exercise involving U.S. and Moroccan armed forces, March 3. Morocco is a...
The student team from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis presents their research during DipLab Demo Day, Feb. 12. Photo by Ana Paula Gonzalez

DipLab Demo Day showcases research from partner universities

By Bryan Gerhart The COVID-19 pandemic upended the entire world, and the academic sector was no exception. Institutions of higher education were forced to confront existential threats and operational dilemmas in real-time, adjusting and readjusting...
From left: Department of State Spanish interpreter Irene Bruno and Japanese interpreter Lefteris Kafatos interpret in the Hub for a remote meeting. Photo by Erric Briggs

Language Services opens remote interpreting hub

By Lefteris Kafatos Since its founding by Thomas Jefferson, the Office of Language Services (LS/I) has acted as America’s foreign mouthpiece to all non-Anglophone interlocutors. In the realms of both public diplomacy and government-to-government relations,...
From left (on motorcycles): Economic-Commercial Officer Jonathan Scott, Ambassador Peter Vrooman, and USAID’s Economic Growth Office Director Amy Beeler at Ampersand’s e-motorbike location. Ampersand, a U.S. firm and the recipient of a USAID Development Innovation Ventures Fund grant, hopes to attract investors and expand sales to local taxi drivers, who have traditionally used gas-fueled bikes. Photo by Josh Whale

Meeting This Moment

By Pamela Phan and Patrick Kirwan In his first speech on foreign policy, delivered from the majestic Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State, President Joe Biden made a case for placing diplomacy “back...

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Making a Statement

The image is split down the middle with the "Making a Statement" logo in white on a blue background on the left, followed by the name, Elizabeth Latham. Latham smiles on the right.