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Foreign Service Officers

7 Steps to Becoming a Foreign Service Officer

Dorit Sasson | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Dorit Sasson

There is no educational degree requirement to become a foreign service officer, but there are rigorous steps that you need to take to become one before you can start bidding on positions.

Crossing Continents: How to Move a Marriage

Donna Gorman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Weddings
Donna Gorman

"Never take a damaged marriage overseas," they told me at the spouse orientation the year my husband joined the Diplomatic Security Service. Diplomatic Security, or DSS, is a little-known branch of the State Department that is responsible, as the name suggests, for keeping diplomats and other Americans safe overseas.

After Benghazi: Diplomacy With a State; War Within

Wendy Chamberlin | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Wendy Chamberlin

Ambassador Chris Stevens's death aroused public debate regarding acceptable safety standards and circumstances for American diplomats and whether we should even be in "those places." The answer from those of us who have served in the Foreign Service: "Yes!" We should be there. We must be there.

Bill Proposed To Prioritize Religious Freedom In State Department

Posted 07.13.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) New legislation proposed by a leading congressional watchdog would push the State Departmen...

WikiLeaks: Why They Help American Diplomacy

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

The WikiLeaks episode is not a disaster for America from a public diplomacy or "behind closed-doors" diplomacy perspective -- so long as diplomats are not silenced by a State Department overly concerned about future leaks.