Embassy Phnom Penh celebrates winning the Mekong Friendship Cup in Vientiane, June 19. Photo by Tbecks Media

Friendship Cup held in Ho Chi Minh City

By Andrew Herrmann and Gaetan Damberg-Ott During the Juneteenth holiday weekend, more than 400 players, supporters, friends, and family members gathered in Ho Chi Minh City for the 12th Mekong Friendship Cup, a regional soccer...
Chargé d’Affaires Amy J. Hyatt (top row, second from right in purple shirt) and Deputy Chief of Mission Tobias Glucksman (top row, right in pink tie) host members of the U.S. Embassy Administrative Professionals Corps and their cohorts from the government ministries, foreign missions, and international organizations for a “Strengthening and Building Connections” networking event at the deputy chief of mission’s residence, Sept. 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of Embassy Antananarivo

Administrative professionals launch innovative support network in Madagascar

By Jennifer Robinson, Romina Rajaonah, and Sedera Raliniainjanahary Department of State’s administrative professionals operate behind the scenes to keep the Department running, using unrivaled institutional knowledge and capabilities. To acknowledge the value of this work,...
Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland (bottom) and panelists discuss the Learning Agenda during the virtual launch, June 30. Image courtesy of the Office of Foreign Assistance

Department collaborates with Harvard University to launch the Learning Agenda

By Harrison W. Brooks The Department of State and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs launched the Learning Agenda, an effort to institutionalize evidence-based learning and use data to enhance...
Illustration courtesy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Shining the spotlight on human trafficking

By Sarah Evans and Sylvia Amegashie On July 19, Secretary of State Antony Blinken released the 2022 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which includes narratives and tier rankings for 188 countries and territories, including the...
Air Cargo Control Unit officers are coached on proper procedures while inspecting a shipment, April 2022. Photo courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Embassy Tashkent supports counter-smuggling efforts in Uzbekistan

By Jack Anderson Criminals and terrorists often hide guns, drugs, and trafficked people in freight containers. This smuggling fuels organized crime, terrorist networks, and other illicit enterprises and continues to pose a major challenge throughout...
Employee mentoring program participants from across embassy sections and agencies come together to share their mentoring experiences with their randomly-selected group members, April 25. Photo by Jennifer Prillaman

Port-au-Prince DEIA mentoring initiative draws hundreds

By Elijah Jatovsky Embassy Port-au-Prince launched its inaugural employee mentoring program, April 25, welcoming more than 200 community members who connected across sections, agencies, nationalities, and languages. “Mentor Match Day” was created in response to...
Local Guard Force trainers Burim Hamiti (left) and Oliver Spirkovski (right) provide instruction on packing a wound to Oksana Onasenko from post’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section, as part of first aid training at the Military of North Macedonia’s Ilinden Barracks, during a mission-wide disaster drill, May 16. Photo by Tatjana Hadji-Andova

Skopje’s Health Unit implements innovative training program

By Holly Paul Health Units (HU) at U.S. embassies worldwide have long played a key role in providing medical preparedness training and ensuring that diplomats serving overseas are safe and ready for medical emergencies.   Embassy Skopje’s...
Through the 2021 Resilience Innovation Grant, Embassy Abidjan was able to repurpose three tanks being removed from embassy residences to set up a rainwater harvesting system. Photo courtesy of Embassy Abidjan

GDI Resilience Innovation Grant Award recipients announced

By Maryam Alam The Department of State announced the recipients of the fourth annual Resilience Innovation Grant, a part of the Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Awards, June 28. Sponsored by the Bureau of Overseas Building...
Volunteers of the Greenview Cementery Project (from left) Robert Seibel, FACT Training Coordinator Susan Taylor, James Barchanowicz, Don Chambers, Assistant Unit Chief Mark Perkins, and Todd Taylor. Seibel, Barchanowicz, and Chambers are all instructors in the Driver Training Unit. Photos courtesy of James Barchanowicz

Restoring Greenview Cemetery

By James Barchanowicz Greenview Cemetery in Blackstone, Va., is located just outside Fort Pickett, a military reserve training facility and home to the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) that provides lifesaving security training to...
Volunteers of the Charities and Activities Committee at Embassy Mexico City gather together, April 26. Photo by Roxanne-marie S. Patlan

Mexico City’s Charities and Activities Committee makes a difference

By Michael Popil Volunteers of the Charities and Activities Committee (CAC) at Embassy Mexico City know that diplomacy defies time, boundaries, and titles. This volunteer group of U.S. direct hires, locally employed (LE) staff, and...

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