Department of State

noun phrase

: the part of the U.S. government that is responsible for how the U.S. deals with other countries

Examples of Department of State in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past decade, my capstone students have reported to the Department of State and the National Security Council on topics such as proxy warfare, Iran’s nuclear politics, U.S. strategic options toward Iran, the role of Russia and China in the Middle East, and hostage diplomacy. Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 The Michigan Department of State told Fox News Digital that Harris has never been issued a state driver's license. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 5 June 2024 The senator’s filing appeared on the New Jersey Department of State’s website on Monday. Steven T. Dennis and Erik Wasson / Bloomberg, TIME, 4 June 2024 However, the country has had several ups and downs over the years, with the U.S. Department of State issuing various travel warnings for parts of Mexico. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2024 They were also given antivirals to distribute to people in their household, according to a spokesperson from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 23 May 2024 Scores for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development declined for the second year in a row putting them near the bottom in their respective categories. Rebecca Santana, Fortune, 20 May 2024 Assange is accused by the United States of conspiring with Chelsea Manning, who, as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, leaked to Assange hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including about 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables. Kevin Shalvey, ABC News, 20 May 2024 According to deposition testimony, many of the law's provisions were recommended by Matthews and her colleagues at Florida's Department of State, which oversees elections. Ashley Lopez, NPR, 16 May 2024

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“Department of State.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

Department of State

federal executive division responsible for carrying out U.S. foreign policy. It is the president's principal means of conducting treaty negotiations and effecting agreements with foreign nations. Under its control are the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, seven bureaus of political affairs, the U.S. Foreign Service (including 270 embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions, and numerous subagencies), and various offices of diplomatic security, foreign intelligence, policy analysis, international narcotics control, protocol, and passport and medical services. The department's legal adviser advises the secretary of state on all matters of international law arising in the conduct of foreign relations.
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