Direct from the D.G.

In the two months since I assumed office as Director General, I have had the chance to meet with hundreds of employees both at...

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 me to translate training into real tactics...

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 in 1869, Bassett made history. As the...

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 anniversaries. Founded in 1789, the Library has...

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 capital city of the southern governorate of Dhofar and is one of...

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 gender. However, diversity is a much broader...

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 many people are not prepared. Diplomacy in the 21st century requires effective,...