A diver re-plants recently cultivated coral on the reefs in a coral nursery at Oracabessa Bay. Photo by Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

Coral Cultivation

By Katherine Judd Years ago, Oracabessa, Jamaica, provided a pristine beach backdrop for Ian Fleming to author his legendary James Bond novels. Today, it is the site of the Oracabessa Marine Trust, a partnership between...
A worker submits to a daily temperature check before entering the Mexico City construction site. Photo by Jared Conrad

Building Safely

By Vincent J. Abramo

Secure from Afar

By Elizabeth Winter
From left: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Philip T. Reeker and Slovak Political Director Roman Bužek sign a memorandum of understanding establishing a regular U.S.-Slovakia Strategic Dialogue, in Washington, October 2020. State Department photo

Office of Central European Affairs

By John M. Grondelski  In the recent past a planned trip to a Central European country by a Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) deputy assistant secretary was fairly big news within EUR’s Office...
This photo, depicting early voting in Arlington, Va., was submitted as part of the media package that the Foreign Press Centers provided to participating journalists. Photo courtesy of the Foreign Press Centers

Foreign Press Centers shift 2020 elections to web

By Katie Reedy In April, the Foreign Press Centers (FPCs) previewed their plans to promote global media coverage of the 2020 presidential elections to ensure a broad understanding of the U.S. democratic process. Soon after...
From left: Deputy Chief of Mission Michelle Yerkin, the ambassador’s partner Heather J. Wilson, Ambassador Jeffrey Ross Gunter, and Management Officer Scott Dargus cut the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the new embassy compound in Reykjavik, Oct. 20. Photo by Haraldur Guðjónsson

New embassy building dedicated in Reykjavik

By Patrick C. Geraghty Embassy Reykjavik’s team reveled in excitement as they gathered to dedicate their new embassy building, strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Iceland for generations to come, Oct. 20. Thanks to...
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach and Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti bump elbows after signing Kosovo’s memoranda of understanding on 5G security, Oct. 28. State Department photo

MOUs secure 5G networks in European countries

By Rob Noel  Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach joined Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, and Prime Minister of Kosovo...
Data enthusiasts get a first look at the Center for Analytics’ products during a demonstration outside of the George C. Marshall Conference Center during the “Data for Diplomacy” launch, January 2020. Photo courtesy of M/SS

Center for Analytics marks first anniversary

By Janice deGarmo The Office of Management Strategy and Solutions (M/SS) launched the Center for Analytics (CfA) in January 2020. As CfA celebrates its first anniversary, its team reflected on an incredible inaugural year as...

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Making a Statement

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