Foreign Affairs Offices and Organizations

Department of State Offices

Organizations and Groups

  • AAFSW (Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide) - offers a local playgroup, French language group, foreign-born spouses group, morning coffees with special speakers, the Livelines e-mail group, a listing of Foreign Service Blogs, and more.
  • ADST (Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training) - offers texts of its "country reader" oral history collections free of charge on its website. These collections bring together excerpts on individual countries from ADST's 1700 interviews of former diplomats. The full collection of diplomatic oral histories is available at the Library of Congress through a link at The organization also has a publications program and supports diplomatic training.
  • AFSA (American Foreign Service Association) - the professional association of the U.S. Foreign Service and the exclusive bargaining agent for all Foreign Service employees in the five foreign affairs agencies. The AFSA Member Guidance section of their websites offers basic information that may be of assistance, including an attorney's list. They also provide a listing of Foreign Service Blogs.
  • Foreign Service Yahoo Groups
  • FSYF (Foreign Service Youth Foundation) - sponsors activities for Foreign Service kids ages 5 to 18.
  • GLIFAA (Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies) - GLIFAA membership consists of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight employees of U.S. diplomatic agencies.
  • Meridian International Center - promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts.
  • Sister Cities International- non-profit citizen diplomacy network.
  • World Affairs Council - citizen think tank non-profit affiliate of the Foreign Policy Association, which also sponsors the Great Decisions Discussion Program.