Staff members from the Bureau of Budget and Planning look at the bureau’s goals and objectives poster that is prominently hung in their workspace as a reminder of organizational priorities. Photo by Eric Schoennauer

Strategy Matters

By Eric Schoennauer and Tony Mazzoccoli The Department of State’s strategic planning team agrees that there is no cookie-cutter approach to implementing a strategy. Missions come in many shapes and sizes, relationships with host countries...

Built Together

Above: Artist’s rendering of the new chancery building. Image courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations By Rob Force This year marks the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations between the United States and Indonesia and...
A nighttime view of Matamoros’ new consulate building. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

Beginning Anew

Above: A nighttime view of Matamoros’ new consulate building. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations By Moises D. Mendoza For Alexander Raley, project director for Matamoros’ new consulate general, the weeks leading up...
Fourth from right: Ambassador Harry B. Harris Jr. meets with North Korean defector students during the 2019 launch of the U.S. Embassy’s English Access Program. Photo courtesy of Embassy Seoul

A Defector’s Journey

By Alexandra Langford Many defectors from North Korea brave journeys of thousands of miles, hazardous crossings, years of hardship apart from their families and the threat of exploitation and repatriation in their perilous flight to...
Consulate General Quebec City staff members gather in front of the consulate building on a beautiful fall afternoon in Vieux Quebec. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

Québec City

Above: Consulate General Québec City staff members gather in front of the consulate building on a beautiful fall afternoon in Vieux Québec. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco By Isaac D. Pacheco In 1834, more than three...
Appointments

Appointments | September 2019

Lynda Blanchard - U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia Lynda “Lindy” Blanchard of Alabama is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia. Blanchard was previously a senior advisor at B & M...
Conservators, civil engineers and stonecutters from three ASEAN countries work together to conserve the Shwe-nandaw Kyaung monastery in Mandalay, Burma. Photo by Jeff Allen

Historic preservation creates opportunity

By Jennifer Schuett Situated in the heart of Burma, Mandalay is the country’s last royal capital, a bustling economic hub in the Indo-Pacific region and the site of an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)...
In Memoriam

In Memoriam | September 2019

John Toscan Bennett, 90, died June 16, in Alexandria, Va. Bennett attended Harvard University and earned a Ph.D. from the University of California before joining the Foreign Service in 1955. He served in Tunisia,...

U.S. responds to food insecurity in Zimbabwe

Embassy Zimbabwe and USAID are providing food assistance to an estimated 360,880 rural Zimbabweans in response to the critical food security situation during the upcoming lean season, between October 2019 and March 2020, in...

Sports program promotes dialogue between women in Israel

Sponsored by Embassy Jerusalem, the NGO Friendship League for Culture and Sports engages religious and secular Jewish and Arabic women from all over Israel, in the team sport catchball. More than 800 women are...

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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 Monica Skinner. Skinner smiles on the right.