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...
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 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...

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...
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...
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...

Veterans@State sponsors CFC event

Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier, who serves as senior liaison to Veterans@State, speaks with a charity representative at the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Veterans’ Charity Fair, Nov. 8. The CFC Veterans’ Charity Fair, sponsored...
Appointments

Appointments | November 2019

Stephen Akard - Director of the Office of Foreign Missions Stephen Akard of Indiana is the new Director of the Office of Foreign Missions. Akard previously served as senior advisor and acting chief of staff...

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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.