View from the top of the Spanish Cultural Center in Bata, Equatorial Guinea’s largest city, Jan. 30. The city’s oceanfront promenade is several miles long. Photo by Bryan Schiller

Equatorial Guinea

By Bryan Schiller On the western coast of Central Africa, just north of the Equator, lies the only country on the continent where Spanish is an official language. Many of the Embassy Malabo’s Foreign Service...

Steady Workforce

By Cynthia Nelson Over the past 10 years, attrition rates in the Foreign Service (FS) and Civil Service (CS) have remained relatively constant and below government-wide averages. Overall attrition rates have been less than 4...
Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Estephania De Leon (center) oversees a Marine security guard emergency preparedness training. Photo by Kathryn Edwards

Modern Diplomacy

By Kathryn Edwards On any given Tuesday, in the small West African nation of The Gambia, something unusual in the history of U.S. diplomacy happens; when the U.S. ambassador enters the conference room for the...

Manners Matter

Ambassador Robert Jackson (Ret.) (top left) assists participants during a hands-on exercise in a protocol class that he co-leads with Peggy Ward at the Foreign Service Institute. The course, MQ 116 Protocol and U.S....
WiSci (Women in Science) campers spend their last full day at camp exploring Tallinn’s Old Town. Photo by Julia Smart

WiSci STEAM Camp for Girls inspires innovation-driven careers

By Julia Smart Through the Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships and Girl Up, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, Embassy Tallinn collaborated with Embassies Warsaw, Riga, and Tbilisi to host a two-week...
Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. (right) meets with emergency management personnel at the Victorian State Coordination Center, Jan. 2020. Photo by Nicola Taylor

Unbreakable allies fight fires down under

By Tim Johnson Confronted by its worst bushfire season in decades, Australia has faced an unprecedented loss of human life, wildlife, and property, hazardous smoke, violent weather, and extreme heat beginning in the summer of...
To celebrate the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Instagram debut, DSS Public Affairs launched a social media campaign called the Pic Ur Shot photo tournament, March 2. Assistant Secretary Michael Evanoff announced the campaign in a video shared on the Department’s intranet. In the DSS Pic Ur Shot tournament, photos that showcase the work of DSS will compete in four elimination rounds. Employees can vote for their favorites on the Pick Ur Shot Tournament page, and the final winning photo will be the first DSS Instagram post. Voting will continue through March 12 before the final photo is revealed. Photo courtesy of DSS

DSS social media campaign encourages employee engagement

To celebrate the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Instagram debut, DSS Public Affairs launched a social media campaign called the Pic Ur Shot photo tournament, March 2. Assistant Secretary Michael Evanoff announced the campaign in...

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Making a Statement

The image is split down the middle with the "Making a Statement" logo in white on a blue background on the left, followed by the name Pablo Paganini. Paganini smiles on the right.