Jefferson Science Fellow lectures on smart cities and technology

Current Jefferson Science Fellow (JSF) Dr. Elizabeth Smela presented a lecture, “Smart Cities and Their Technologies: An introduction to smart cities and the technologies needed to implement them,” to department employees and guests, Oct....
Team Darnasol was a collaboration between the University of Maryland-College Park and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Team Darnasol members work on their submission which placed second in the Market Appeal Contest. Photo by Yassine Ameur

Embassy Rabat participates in first Solar Decathlon Africa

By Sacha Fraiture Teams from four American universities—the Colorado School of Mines, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Seattle University and the University of Maryland—joined 44 Moroccan, European and Sub-Saharan African universities at the first-ever Solar Decathlon Africa,...
An Afghan girl scout is given fire hose training from an Embassy Kabul firefighter, April 2019. Photo courtesy of Embassy Kabul

Fighting More than Fires

By Richard Matton Diplomacy comes in many forms. While the peace and reconciliation efforts that Embassy Kabul’s diplomats have engaged in throughout the past 18 years in Afghanistan are well documented, one of the largest...

ConGen Kolkata celebrates empowered women

Durga puja, a spectacular celebration of women’s empowerment, is India’s official nomination for UNESCO’s 2020 list of intangible cultural institutions. The Consulate General Kolkata community marked the beginning of Goddess Durga’s journey towards earth...

The NBA makes history in India

Last month, the U.S. Mission in India joined sports fans in welcoming the National Basketball Association to Mumbai for its first-ever pre-season games in India. U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster celebrated the...
The Kuwait Towers rise in the foreground of a beautiful sunset over Kuwait City. Photo by ADionisio

Kuwait

By Leyth Swidan Piercing through the clouds, the iconic Kuwait Towers could be overlooked as a purely decorative element in the city’s skyline, but they serve an important and practical purpose as one of the...

Highlighting Heroes

From left: Forbes Slater; Ambassador Daniel Smith, director of FSI; Elizabeth “Lizzie” Slater; Secretary of State Michael Pompeo; DGHR Carol Z. Perez; and Charlie Slater, a retired Foreign Service officer stand for an official...
ILO Director-General David A. Morse receives the 1969 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the ILO from Aase Lionaes, chairman of the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament, in the Aula of the University of Oslo. Photo courtesy of ILO

History of Labor

By Thomas Whitney October 29 marked 100 years since the United States hosted the first International Labor Conference (ILC), the annual high-level meeting of the International Labor Organization (ILO) held in Washington. The Treaty of Versailles,...
On a monthly volunteer visit to a local orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, members of Making a Difference from Embassy Port-au-Prince spend time with the children, Sept. 22. Photo by Shellon Jonas

Making a Difference through volunteerism overseas

By Faybein Moy Many Foreign Service officers, in addition to working on behalf of their Mission, seek to get personally involved in their host country to make a difference in the local culture and communities...

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