From left: The SAIT Sandbox team Sam Fellows, Stefano Rivolta and Jim Hazeltine-Shedd. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Innovation Sandbox

By Stefano Rivolta  At the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), a nondescript office set among the campus’s numerous classrooms serves as an incubator for new ideas. This FSI Sandbox is a physical space for tech-savvy collaboration,...
The Kuwait Towers rise in the foreground of a beautiful sunset over Kuwait City. Photo by ADionisio


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...
A child—an employee family member—plants a flag on the lawn of the Embassy Addis Ababa compound in honor of the victims of 9/11. Photo by Robyn Kriel

Addis Ababa community plants flags for remembrance

By Chanh Nguyen and Robyn Lin-Justiniano The idea was a simple one. Anyone from the U.S. Embassy community who walked a lap around the Addis Ababa compound could plant a small American flag on the...
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,...
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...
Amalia rests peacefully in the trees during a regional environmental officer visit to Born Free Ethiopia, May 2019. Photo by Chris Nyce

Combating wildlife trafficking through regional engagement

By Merry Walker and Chris Nyce The illegal trade in lion and cheetah cubs is prevalent in the Horn of Africa. The Ethiopia-Djibouti-Somaliland shipping corridor offers an entry point into Gulf of Aden countries where...
The DS/CTS Cybersecurity Awareness Program, in coordination with the Directorate of Information Assurance, promoted this year's NCSAM message with a variety of flyers and other digital media on a dedicated NCSAM website. Illustration courtesy of DS/CTS

Diplomatic Security promotes cybersecurity awareness in an increasingly adversarial environment

By Lonnie Price From cleverly crafted emails designed to fool users into sharing personal information to foreign adversaries targeting program officials to steal sensitive information on major diplomatic initiatives, every day the Department of State’s...
From left: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez, and Director of the Office of Civil Rights Gregory Smith sign the project charter for the creation of OAA’s new assistive technology center at the Department’s NDEAM celebration, Oct. 24. The center is scheduled to open in early 2020. Photo by Photo by Amanda J. Richard

NDEAM celebrates talent and highlights resources

By Opal F. Blackmon National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), held annually each October, recognizes the many and varied contributions of employees with disabilities. Sponsored each year by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability...

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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.