The Regional Security Office personnel at Embassy Sarajevo conduct an exercise for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) decontamination to introduce host nation police officers to basic chemical and biological agents, Nov. 17, 2020. Host nation police officers (standing, left) look on and learn as local guard force WMD first responders conduct the exercise. State Department photo

RSO Sarajevo conducts innovative security training

By Star Hy  When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Regional Security Office (RSO) at Embassy Sarajevo relied heavily on host nation law enforcement for timely information...
Clockwise from top left: Razi Hashmi, Selena Gallagher, Ibrahim Beshir, Usra Ghazi, Moshtayeen Ahmad, Nursultan Eldosov, Wesam Hassanein, Saira Saeed, Sameer Hossain, and Asim Ali. Photo courtesy of Mosaic

New EAG makes positive impact in the workplace and community

By Krish Das  Many organizations within the private, academic, and government sectors host employee affinity groups (EAGs)—a collection of individuals who share similar interests and goals. The Department of...
Embassy Tokyo Staff Assistant Houston Harris (back row, far left) joins Tokyo park regulars who have become acquainted with Harris through their interest in his jump roping. Photo by Emi Matsumoto Hayashi

Jumping for Joy

By Ellen Bremenstul Diplomacy takes many forms. Through art, music, sports, and dialogue, Department employees can engage with others, conduct business, keep the peace, and have fun.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar (front, left), and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis (front, right) attend the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, Nov. 24, 2020. Photo by Violaine Martin

Partner nations commit to Afghanistan’s future

By Colin B. Guard The conference took place virtually, as did the preparation. Nevertheless, the results were real, and so was the team that made it happen.   

FSI launches new learning management system

By L. David Tigreros, PMP, CISSP The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) announced the launch of FSiLearn, the Department of State’s newest online learning platform, Nov. 9, 2020. FSiLearn boasts...
The Embassy Quito team, (from left) Criminal Fraud Investigator Alvaro Sanchez, Assistant Regional Security Officer–Investigations Rylan Hussey, Health Unit Administrator Andrea Espinosa, Medical Practitioner Glenda Siegrist, and Registered Nurse Yolanda Garcia, organized a trafficking in persons awareness presentation for Ecuadorian medical professionals, Dec. 9, 2020. Photo by David Bright

Embassy Quito hosts TIP presentations for Ecuadoran health professionals

By Glenda Siegrist, DNP, MAC, NP-C “Eighty percent of all victims of trafficking see a health care provider,” said Director of Hope for Justice Richard Schoeberl, Ph.D., during a...
The Global Engagement Center’s technology Testbed has been used to research a wide gamut of technologies, including Harmony Square, a counter-disinformation game. Photo by Sam Stewart

Global Engagement Center game counters foreign disinformation

By Patricia Watts  Of all the tools and techniques available to counter the effects of foreign disinformation and propaganda, a well-engineered video game may be among the most effective.  

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