Members of the Defense Attache Office, Public Affairs Office and Finance Office work on an Information Resource Management top-kit which provides OpenNet connectivity in the Cairns control room. Photo by Andrew Calvin
By Marqui Neder Cairns is the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and is located in the Far North Queensland region where rainforest meets modern city. It also became the base for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Papua New Guinea. With the closest physical...
Ambassador Wanda Nesbitt of the Foreign Service Institute, Laura Gentile of espnW and Director of the Office of Civil Rights Gregory Smith at closing remarks on Women’s Equality Day. Photo by James Pan
By Nayab Khan The Department of State’s Executive Women @ State (EW@S) in collaboration with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sponsored a program with espnW’s Senior Vice President Laura Gentile to celebrate the 47th annual Women’s Equality Day, Oct. 25, 2018. Ambassador Wanda Nesbitt of the Foreign...
IVLP Murrow participants enjoyed a full-day seminar at the Poynter Institute, where they examined trends, challenges and the future of media around the world. Photo by Ren LaForme
By Joshua Kreiser The Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists convenes journalists from around the world to examine free and responsible reporting and to help those journalists build networks with media professionals in the United States. The Murrow Program has grown over the past few years—most significantly increasing from 82...
Members of the Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation pose for a picture. Photo by Lisa Marshall
By Tarek M. Fahmy The economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime, nuclear weapons in North Korea, ruthless dictators in Venezuela, human rights violators in South Sudan and corruption in Russia are some of the issues that the Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation (SPI) tackles every day. As...
From left: The Pol/Econ team at the embassy art opening Patricia Viscarra, Patricia Kehoe, Brent Corby, Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Williamson, Kimberly Austin, Jose Ribero, Rolf Olson, Stephanie Guerra-Smith, Javier Lopez-Videla and Martin Palermo enjoys showcasing their newly acquired artwork. Photo by Carmen Julia Arze
By Kimberly Austin The Pol/Econ section at U.S. Embassy La Paz regularly conducts meetings with local contacts, which creates the need for a space that reflects positively on American values. In a country with an ongoing negative narrative of the United States, presentation is important. Previously, the space used for...
From left: Wiley Skaret and anti-narcotics police officer, graffiti artist and painter Lt. Oscar Gonzalez pose for a photo at the U.S. Ambassador’s Independence Day Celebration, July 2018. Skaret performed at the event on the James 1 piano, which was designed by Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bogota
By Kate Bartlett Often working in dangerous areas of the country, the Colombian National Police are at the forefront of the strategy to reduce cocaine production in Colombia, a major priority for Embassy Bogota. They are responsible for protecting both Colombians and Americans from the dangers of drugs, and as...
ConGen Rio de Janeiro Consular Officer Jenna Paisley answers visa applicants questions during the first Instagram Live for Mission Brazil. Photo by Carlos Kulps
By Anne Foss In February, the consular and public affairs sections at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro produced Consular Team Brazil’s first-ever Instagram Live. The initiative was part of Consular Team Brazil’s outreach goal to use social media to engage the local community and demystify the visa...
The goal of the “Preventing Harassment at State (PK405)” course is to ensure employees are familiar with the laws and Department policies prohibiting harassment and know how to report allegations of harassment. Illustration courtesy of the Foreign Service Institute
By Amanda J. Richard In a ceremony in the C Street lobby of HST, April 26, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo introduced the Department of State’s new professional Ethos statement, emphasizing the idea of  “One Team, One Mission, One Future.” Demonstrating respect in the workplace is a key component to...
Children that attended Take Your Child to Work Day, April 25, were sworn in by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and attended an assortment of activities throughout the day. Photo by State Magazine
By Michael Karlsberg More than 1,000 children attended Take Your Child to Work Day, April 25, where the work of the Department of State was put on display. This annual event is held in Washington, D.C., in addition to most posts overseas.  In Washington, the day began with the Director General...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues the formal oath of office at the conclusion of the 150th SOAR class. Photo by Michael Morrison
By Michael Grantham On Nov. 26, 2018, a group of strangers walked into the William J. Burns auditorium and experienced the first taste of their new Foreign Service careers. The 150th Specialist Orientation Class included 72 members representing 10 specialties, including Diplomatic Security special agent candidates, information management specialists, office...