Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Alaska state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Alaska state flag © Public Domain

Fast Fact

Secretary of State William Henry Seward negotiated the 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia, an important step in the rise of the United States as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region. More»

The State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • 142 exchange visitors from overseas visited Alaska, and 98 Alaska residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $19 million to Alaska’s economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»
  • In FY17, Alaska-based companies received approval to export $3,225,929 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Alaska. (HR)
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $4.9 billion (2017) support approximately 37,100 Alaskan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Alaska supports an additional 17,400 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • In August, 2015, the Department of State convened the conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, and Resilience (GLACIER). The event brought more than 400 participants to Anchorage, Alaska to discuss climate change resilience and other key issues. (OES) More»
  • During the two-year U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Alaska will host international working group meetings in Anchorage, Nome, Fairbanks, and other locations throughout the state. (OES) More»
  • Participation by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the Pacific Salmon Commission helps Alaska reap the economic benefits of a commercial fisheries worth over $117 million and over $380 million respectively in dockside landed value in 2016, additional economic impact from activity along the value chain, as well as substantial economic activity in the sport and recreational fishing sector. The Pacific Salmon Commission estimates that the total economic output of salmon fisheries, both commercial and recreational, in Alaska is over $800 million and support over 6,500 full time jobs. These organizations both ensure the maintenance of sustainable populations of fish and harvest opportunities by U.S. stakeholders. (OES/OMC)
  • The 2019 International Pacific Halibut Commission Annual Meeting will be held in Sitka, Alaska, an event that will bring several hundred stakeholders from the United States and Canada to Sitka for the week-long meeting (OES/OMC).
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dorothy Ngutter): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • Alaska hosted 2,429 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • 1 Scholar, Student or Teacher from Alaska was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 2 international students received a Fulbright to study in Alaska in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 419 international higher education students studied abroad in Alaska in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • Diplomat-in-Residence: (Dorothy Ngutter): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the training of international military students at the Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca. These programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Arizona while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • American Spaces in Kolkata, India and Guangzhou, China held events showcasing the history and culture of Alaska. A local surgeon and alumni in Kolkata screened a film he made chronicling his time in the state. In Guangzhou, Alaskan native heritage, art, and folklore were explained, as well as the influence of Native American political thought on the Constitution. (IIP) More»
  • Partnerships

  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is working closely with the State of Alaska on health projects, to further objectives of the United States’ chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2015-17) and ensure sustainability of these efforts through the Finnish chair (2017-19). A signature chairmanship initiative on One Health, which involves building linkages between human, animal, and environmental health communities of practice, has been extended. In 2017, the project included the first-ever One Health Table Top Exercise (February) and a presentation at the Alaska Forum on the Environment (February), both in Anchorage. Moving forward, the project will feature an IVLP On Demand visiting delegation in May 2018, likely to Anchorage and to Fairbanks. The projects are strongly linked to state, local, and tribal efforts in these areas – including through the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). (OES/IHB) More»
  • Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska and Otgontenger Strictly Protected Area in Mongolia signed a sister park arrangement in August 2017. The sister park arrangement strengthened bilateral cooperation on park management and nature conservation and highlighted the 30th anniversary of United States-Mongolia diplomatic relations. (EAP) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program,Denice Swank, deputy superintendent for the National Park Service, conducted a land management program with Mongolia that strengthened the relationship between Denali National Park and Mongolia’s Otgontenger Strictly-Protected Area. The trip coincided with the signing of a sister park agreement, which establishes the exchange of professional and technical knowledge for best practices in the administration of protected areas between Alaska and Mongolia. This sister park agreement is expected to lead to a boost in tourism for the state of Alaska. (IIP) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 70. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) position assigned to U.S. Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH) based out of Tucson. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Arizona National Guard State Partnership Program with Kazakhstan founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • Ensuring robust populations of Pacific salmon has been a long-standing concern of residents of Idaho, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. For both tribal and non-tribal stakeholders, maintaining opportunities to harvest salmon in the Pacific Northwest has economic, social, cultural, and ecological significance. The Pacific Salmon Treaty was signed between Canada and the United States to establish long-term goals for the benefit of the salmon resources that are shared by our countries. The Pacific Salmon Commission is the body formed by the governments of Canada and the United States to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty. A senior-level representative from the OES Office of Marine Conservation considers the interests of state and tribal stakeholders, while serving as a Federal commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission. In this capacity, the Federal commissioner plays an active role in negotiating outcomes with Canadian colleagues that consider economic and cultural harvest opportunities while balancing the long-term sustainability of Pacific salmon stocks (OES/OMC).
  • Pacific halibut are vital to the economic well-being of coastal communities of Washington and Alaska and have been managed by a bilateral treaty with Canada since 1923. The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), established by the treaty, provides scientific and management advice that have maintained a stable fishery and prevented stock and environmental problems that can occur when fish stocks are shared between countries. Alaska’s oldest halibut fleet, in Petersburg, has worked collaboratively with the IPHC to manage the resource for over 80 years and states that “the health of the Pacific halibut resource is of utmost importance to the fleet and community of Petersburg and that the collaborative effort has been tremendously rewarding and successful.” A senior-level representative from the OES Office of Marine Conservation, works in close coordination with stakeholders from Alaska and Washington and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) colleagues to ensure that management decisions are based on scientific advice that advances U.S. economic interests. (OES)
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 55,608. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 44. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 14 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Alaska. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA) More»
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshensheni-Alsek National Parks. (IO) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the San Francisco Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Alaska. (DSS) More»