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Agency overview


To advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty and act responsibly within the international system.

Current priorities

  • Diplomacy for the 21st Century: implementing global civilian operations and creating new Under Secretary positions
  • Transforming Development to Deliver Results: both addressing common global issues together and empowering countries to become more capable of solving their own problems
  • Preventing and Responding to Conflict and Crisis: addressing weak governments and failing states before they become safe havens for terrorism and development setbacks
  • Working Smarter: reforming State personnel, procurement, and planning capabilities


State has a grand total of 56 bureaus and offices! Below is a list of some key sub-agencies. Review the organization chart to learn more about full operations at State.

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