Tunisian Ambassador Event

Celine Castel Erickson, President, AAFSW The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) and WtoW under the auspice of Her Excellency Hanene Tajouri Bessassi Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia hosted a special Tunisian cultural evening, on Friday, November 11, at the Tunisian Residence, in Washington, DC. On this beautiful fall evening, Ambassador Bessassi, and her family, opened her home to over one hundred delighted AAFSA and WtoW’s members and guests. Appointed by President Saied as Tunisia’s envoy to the US in October 2021—only a few weeks after he dismissed her predecessor without explanation—Tajouri Bessassi is the first woman ever to run her country’s Washington embassy. On her first tour as the Ambassador of Tunisia to the United… Read More

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Photos from the 2022 SOSA Awards Ceremony

The 2022 SOSA Awards ceremony took place on Nov. 17, 2022 at the State Department. Please see the gallery below for highlights from this special event, and scroll down to view more photos in the slideshow. You may watch the remarks from Secretary of State Blinken in the video below as well. The full ceremony is on our youtube channel. Congratulations to the SOSA winners and nominees! Watch the 2022 Awards Ceremony! Slideshow of the 2022 SOSA Awards Ceremony Secretary of State Blinken’s Recorded Remarks at the Awards Ceremony

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Martine’s Must-Reads for November 2022

1. Finding Me by Viola Davis In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever. This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in a world that didn’t always see me. As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. We are forced to reinvent them to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental… Read More

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