Moving The Needle

AAIFAA’s council members pose with the AAIFAA banner in the C Street lobby (from left) Ambassador Daniel Smith, leadership liaison; Charles Kiamie III, vice chair; Nadia Farra, chair; Rola Hariri; secretary and treasurer; and Jamal A. Al-Mussawi, founder and former chair. Not shown is council member Atef Nazir, AAIFAA social affairs coordinator & FSI liaison. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.
By Jamal A. Al-Mussawi Throughout the past two decades, Department of State leadership has consistently acknowledged the importance...

Building Professional Development

As part of a PDP field trip, consulate staff visited the Frankfurt Airport on Aug. 16, 2018, which gave them a chance to see the airport and Lufthansa’s operations. Photo Kenton Ward
By Belgin Vanderploeg and Nicole Tellier The Department of State spends a considerable amount of time and resources...

Embodying Excellence

By Heidi Howland No single word can describe the 2018 Foreign Service National (FSN) award winners. These exceptional...

Direct from the D.G.

In the two months since I assumed office as Director General, I have had the chance to...

Prioritizing People

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Africa and Public Diplomacy Elizabeth Fitzsimmons supports a public diplomacy English Club program in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Photo courtesy of Public Affairs Section Brazzaville
By Jacqueline Mourot “The work of being a Public Affairs Officer was not going to wait for...

Ebenezer Bassett

A historical etching shows Ebenezer Bassett at the time of his nomination to minister resident.Image courtesy of Harper’s Weekly, May 1, 1869.
By Christopher Teal When President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Ebenezer D. Bassett as Minister Resident (Ambassador) to Haiti...

Beyond Books

Bookshelves in the Library, with library logo and black and white photo of Ralph J. Bunche on top.
By Julie Arrighetti For the Department of State’s Ralph J. Bunche Library, 2019 is a year of significant...

Cultural Oasis

Two women walk past a brightly painted wall near the entrance of the Khareef Festival in Salalah, Oman. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco
By Michelle Y. Outlaw Salalah, the second largest city in Oman, is the...

Diversity in Action

HR/OAA/DRAD’s reasonable accommodations analysts are ready to answer questions during an event. State Department photo
By Steve Walker When people think of diversity, they often think of demographic groups such as race or...

Resilience Training

Damien McCombs, one of CEFAR’s instructors, leads a discussion on personal resilience for a recent Foreign Service specialist orientation. Photo by Heidi Howland
By Eric Cipriano Today’s ever-changing world demands flexibility and productive responses, for which...