The Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency within the Executive Branch of the U.S. goverment, and the Secretary of State, currently Condoleezza Rice, is the President's principal foreign policy adviser.

As the leading U.S. foreign affairs agency, the State Department is responsible for majority of the America's goverment-sponsored public diplomacy programs and agencies. These include: the Bureau of International Information, the U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Moreover, following the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998, the State Department assumed many of the public diplomacy programs and initiatives formerly administered by the United States Information Agency such as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Former Secretaries

Further Reading

Useful Links

  • Foreign Media Reactions The State Department's Office of Research releases a daily "Issue Focus" aggregating and analyzing foreign media commentary on a major foreign policy issue or related event. Issue focus archives are searchable and open to the public.
  • Homepage of the U.S. Department of State
  • Public Diplomacy Query (PDQ), the open electronic archive of the Department of State's Office International Information Programs (IIP).
  • International Events Calendar, A hot-linked calendar listing events and conferences relating to the U.S. State Department, WTA, World Bank, IAEA, NATO, and other global organizations.

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