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How the Shutdown is Affecting the State Department

The partial government shutdown continues in the United States and it is hurting both the economy and federal workers. Keeping personal opinion aside, let’s lay out a few facts about the shutdown: Today is day 28 of the shutdown Today is January 18, when federal district courts run out of funds. Civil cases may be suspended …

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Stories from the Field: Recollections of the Foreign Service

The Foreign Service is more than a career, it’s a lifestyle. At a minimum, you are consistently moving to a new post every few years, interacting with different cultures from your own on the daily, and learning (sometimes quite painstakingly) that there are indeed many ways to interpret an event or action. The lifestyle has …

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Is an Embassy on Foreign Soil the Sovereign Territory of the Host Country or the Embassy’s Country?

With the opening of the Cuban and US Embassy on each other’s state, this seemed like a timely and informative post to write. Quick question for you, if you visit an embassy are you technically on foreign soil? Think you know the answer? Great! Keep it in mind for now. I’ve got a couple of …

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