The cover of the August/September 1983 issue of “State: The Newsletter” shows, from left: Fire Protection Officer Eddie O. Smith and Russian Caretaker Victor Yashin testing a smoke detector at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in a rather unorthodox manner after it was reported broken. State Magazine archive 
Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent (DG) Marcia S. Bernicat administered the oath of office to 189 new diplomats, July 5, at the Department of State’s first in-person Foreign Service officer swearing-in ceremony since the beginning of the pandemic. The ceremony included the 211th...
Volunteers of the Charities and Activities Committee at Embassy Mexico City gather together, April 26. Photo by Roxanne-marie S. Patlan
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 eligible family members has been serving the Mexico City community for more than 50 years....
American Presence Officer Christopher Crawford (sixth from left), mayor of Saint-Etienne Gaël Perdriau (center, at podium with sash), and representatives of the French government join together for the inauguration of William Henry Hunt Square in Saint-Etienne, France, March 17. Photo by Monica Ann Schager
By Monica Ann Schager The American consulate in Lyon joined the town hall of Saint-Etienne for the inauguration of William Hunt Square in March 2022. Saint-Etienne is a city of nearly 200,000 people in central France, southwest of Lyon. Hunt served as U.S. consul to Saint-Etienne from 1906 to 1926,...
Project Director and archaeologist Dr. Rasmi Shoocongdej of Silpakorn University (right) explains the methodology for the conservation of the 2,000-year-old log coffins in the Phi Man Long Long Rak Cave to Chargé d'Affaires Michael Heath (left), March 2. Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Bangkok
By Kanchalee “Kelly” Jitjang To underscore the U.S.’s respect for Thailand’s cultural heritage, Embassy Bangkok is working with the Faculty of Archaeology at Silpakorn University to conserve ancient log coffins in deep caves at Phi Man Long Long Rak Cave in Mae Hong Son. This project is part of the...
As part of a cooperative bilateral action, American and Chinese muralists portray a vision of the climate future. Two of the winning murals, including “Land Light” (shown here), were displayed on the exterior walls of the Consulate General Guangzhou. “Land Light” was created by a team consisting of American artist DISTORT and Chinese artist Chen Siyu. Photo by Jing Chen
By Caleb Portnoy On Nov. 10, 2021, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the United States and the People’s Republic of China agreed to accelerate climate action and cooperation. Throughout history, artists have moved society forward on gender issues, environmental protection, race relations, human rights, and much...
Panelists of the first session of the Sign@State Symposium, Senior Advisor for Employee Communications Roberta Mather (seated right), Technical Editor Robb Dooling (seated second from right), Foreign Service Specialist Doug Surette (seated center), and Human Resource Specialist/International Compensation Manager Arisa Nakamori (far left on screen) communicate during their event, April 21.
By Maura M. Pfeifer The Department of State’s deaf and hard of hearing foreign affairs employees took center stage at the Sign@State Symposium, April 21. The event featured the Department’s first-ever panel conducted entirely in American Sign Language (ASL) and a second panel with accessibility, accommodation, and recruitment experts from...
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jeff Knoll (right) welcomes a Timorese preschooler at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new preschool in Maubara, Timor-Leste, which was constructed by U.S. Navy Seabees and Marines in coordination with Embassy Dili. “There is no better indication of our commitment to our enduring friendship with...
In April 2022, Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking (far right in right photo) helped secure the first nationwide truce in the Yemen conflict in six years. This truce is a major milestone in the ongoing peace efforts. Lenderking and the Yemen Affairs Unit are also pushing to translate...
Embassy Mbabane hosts a monthly “Donuts & Dialogue” series which provides a safe place to convene young leaders and experts for powerful discussions. In the wake of civil unrest and a polarized media environment, these sessions have helped facilitate a better understanding of leadership, human rights, women’s rights, mental...