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A night time view of the Astana sphere at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Astana on the World’s Stage

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As my plane to Astana took the final turn before descent—I saw it. The Nur Alem, a huge, glowing sphere lit up the Kazakhstani steppes, dancing with color and a message for all visitors written in huge letters… more

Recognizing World Refugee Day

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Today marks the 17 th annual World Refugee Day to raise awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. The United States commemorates World Refugee Day on June 20 th each year to acknowledge the… more

This Week at State: June 16, 2017

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Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and… more
Marchers unfurl a huge rainbow flag as they prepare to march in the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Bringing Optimism to Justice

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On June 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Civil Rights (S/OCR) and GLIFAA (LGBT+ Pride in Foreign Affairs Agencies) co-hosted the 2017 Pride Month Event featuring Commissioner Chai Feldblum of… more

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