On behalf of the American people we promote and demonstrate democratic values and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world.


The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.

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There shall be at the seat of government an executive department to be known as the “Department of State,” and a Secretary of State, who shall be the head thereof. Learn More About Statutory Authority»

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The principles that reflect the spirit and excellence of the U.S. Department of State. Learn More About Professional Ethos»

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