Ambassador welcomes students in Abidjan

During a ceremony at Lycee Mamie Fatai in Bingerville, a suburb of Abidjan—the capital of Côte d’Ivoire—Ambassador Richard Bell congratulated graduates of the English Access Microscholarship Program, March 2. He also welcomed the newest...

Retired leaders share experiences during annual HBCU conference

Foreign Affairs Officer Deniece Laurent-Mantey from the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning moderated “African American Trailblazers in Foreign Policy” during the 12th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Foreign Policy Conference, Feb. 25. The...
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...
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...
Nonimmigrant Visa Chief Ryan Haley (far right) and Consul General Deanna Abdeen (fourth from right) join the Embassy Bogota Consular Team’s vice consuls and locally employed staff during Student Visa Day, 2019. Photo by Héctor Henao

Bogota delivers “¡Con Gusto!” through consular language program

By Ana Maria Fernandez  Embassy Bogota’s consular section strives to achieve the highest standards of customer service, starting with effective client communication. In 2015, post established the Language Buddy Program, a versatile program created for...
Police with the Lagos Special Program for Embassy Augmentation Response (SPEAR) team pose alongside U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) counterparts, including Consulate Lagos Regional Security Officer Special Agent James Suor (middle, khaki pants), November 2020. SPEAR teams are quick-response forces trained and funded by the DSS Office of Antiterrorism Assistance. State Department photo

Nigeria SPEAR Team protects U.S. diplomats during unrest in Lagos

By Vincent Crawley Thousands of Nigerians began protesting in early October 2020 after a video was widely shared on social media showing police officers with Lagos’ Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) allegedly killing a man. The...
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,...

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Making a Statement

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