Sports Visitor Program participants from Mexico play sitting volleyball while at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Ala. Photo courtesy of Cooperative Partner FHI 360

Sports Diplomacy focuses on inclusive initiatives

By Jay Aprea Through its annual slate of people-to-people exchanges, the Sports Diplomacy Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) manages programs that promote access and inclusion for people with disabilities through...
From left: Ambassador John J. Sullivan, FSI Director Daniel B. Smith, and FSI Deputy Director Julieta Valls Noyes attend the placement of a plaque commemorating Sullivan’s ambassadorial training at FSI. Photo by Michael Morrison

Department leader lauds ambassadorial training at FSI

By Mark C. Storella “I am convinced more than ever that all career and non-career ambassadors must take ambassadorial training before heading out to post as the president’s personal representative,” said Ambassador John J. Sullivan,...
Santa and Mrs. Claus board his “sleigh” as the Kringle Detail prepares to spread holiday cheer and deliver presents to young and old alike in Washington, D.C., and the nearby Virginia suburbs, Dec. 7. State Department photo

DSS’ “Kringle Detail” brings gifts and holiday cheer

By Barbara Gleason In early December, the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) provided an unusual protective detail for a visiting foreign dignitary, Kriss Kringle (a.k.a. Santa Claus). The annual visit, the 21st anniversary...
In 1950, on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students at the U.N. International Nursery School in New York viewed a poster of the historic document. U.N. Photo

Department highlights human rights

By Amanda J. Richard December 10 marked the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which identified common rights and freedoms for all people. The Department of State released a press statement...
Members of SPEAR Team Tunisia transport a wounded individual to a medevac point during the 2019 SPEAR Summit Challenge in Thiès, Dec. 5. In a demonstration of cooperation and good sportsmanship, a member of Team Niger (far right) supports Team Tunisia after one of its team members was injured during the exercise. State Department photo

2019 SPEAR Summit Challenge

By Angela French The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) held its second annual SPEAR Summit Challenge, a five-day tactical law enforcement training and competition for U.S.-trained Special Program for Embassy Augmentation...
From left, front row: Economic Officer Jorge Banavides from Embassy Pretoria, Information Management Specialist Jason Truax, and Information Security Service Officer Chickelle Woody provide a presentation on cybersecurity to the Cape Academy of Math, Science and Technology in the Western Cape Province. Photo by Angie Naidu

Promoting cybersecurity awareness in South Africa

By Chickelle Woody The U.S. Mission to South Africa conducted outreach through a collaborative campaign that focused on providing cybersecurity awareness to the local government, students at universities and high schools, and NGOs in the...
A large suspension bridge connecting Brazzaville's city center to the presidential palace is a prominent landmark along the city's popular multi-use Corniche.

Brazzaville

Above: A large suspension bridge connecting Brazzaville's city center to the presidential palace is a prominent landmark along the city's popular multi-use Corniche. Story and photos by Isaac D. Pacheco Coursing through the heart of Africa,...
In Memoriam

In Memoriam | February 2020

James C. Clemons Jr., 93, died Oct. 7, in Bluffton, S.C. Clemons served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was later employed by U.S Forces in Vienna prior to joining the...

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