Members of the Foreign Relations Division of the Historical Office photographed in the Harry S Truman Building, 1963. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Historian

Documenting Diplomacy and Writing History

By Adam Howard, Kristin Ahlberg, and Joshua Botts In 2021, the Foreign Service Institute’s (FSI’s) Office of the Historian (OH) celebrated three important anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the creation of OH’s institutional predecessors, the...
Women of the construction site team at the new office annex project in Kampala gather outside of the embassy. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

Women of OBO Construction

By Misty Boykin, Susana Kyrgos, Molly McCormick, Sonia M. Miranda-Palacios, and Susan Patton  In March 2011, an article in State Magazine highlighted 10 women serving as Foreign Service construction engineers (FSCEs) in the Bureau of...

Mission India leaders gather in-person once again

Chargé d’Affaires Patricia Lacina and the Country Team hosted the consuls general from Mission India’s four consulates for a “Consuls General Conclave,” during the first week of November. Normally a quarterly gathering, this was...

Embassy Ghana assumes security leadership role in West Africa

As part of Ghana-U.S. security cooperation, the United States is providing in-person peer-to-peer training and technical assistance to members of the Ghana Armed Forces. Deputy Chief of Mission Nicole Chulick (right side of table, far...
From left: Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Embassy Kingston Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre stand for a moment of silence during the unveiling ceremony, Nov. 4. Photo by Cleo Walker Smith

Embassy Kingston honors Colin Powell’s legacy

By Bobby Adelson Embassy Kingston honored the late, former-Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose parents were both born in Jamaica, with a wreath laying ceremony and a permanent installation of Powell's official portrait in the...
From left: Managing Director for Construction, Facility, and Security Management Tracy Thomas, Maputo City Secretary of State Vicente Joaquim, Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Ernesto Max Elias Tonela, Ambassador Dennis W. Hearne, and Maputo Province Governor Julio Parruque cut the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the new embassy campus in Maputo, Sept. 30. Photo by Anissa Arune

New embassy building dedicated in Maputo

By Vanessa Rozier Toscano Embassy Maputo formally dedicated its new, state-of-the-art embassy campus with representatives from the Mozambican government, political parties, civil society, the private sector, academia, and the media, Sept. 30. The event signaled...
A blue visa document is on top of a U.S. blue passport with gold stamped "PASSPORT" letters.

Portsmouth State Annexes

By Trenton Douthett On a former U.S. Air Force base in Portsmouth, N.H., 400 Department of State employees and more than 1,000 contractors work cooperatively to strengthen national security on a case-by-case basis. The National...

Azerbaijan ambassador meets students studying English

From left: Ambassador to Azerbaijan Lee Litzenberger and Information Officer Alys Spensley met with internally displaced students studying English at the American Corner in Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city. The embassy has partnered with...

German-American Friendship Day deepens ties in eastern German state

Consulate General Leipzig conducted a day of strategic outreach in the eastern German state of Thuringia for the first ever German-American Friendship Day, held in Jena, Oct. 6. Despite the far-right Alternative for Germany...
The Department’s Chief Data Officer Matthew Graviss (center) and Director of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions Janice deGarmo (right) look on as Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Brian P. McKeon (left) signs the first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy ceremony at Main State in Washington, September 2021. State Department photo

Department’s novel enterprise data strategy drives change

By Matthew Graviss The September 2021 release of the Department of State’s “Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS)—Empowering Data Informed Diplomacy,” marked a major milestone in its transformation into a more data-centric organization. The Department’s first-ever data...

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