Major State Department Publications
Publications are listed in alphabetical order. Those marked with are reports to the Congress.
Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets
Fact sheets focusing on U.S. relations with each country. These fact sheets replaced Background Notes starting in May 2012.
Provides information about the International Affairs category of the federal budget, called Function 150, which includes funding for the programs and activities of four cabinet departments, seven independent agencies, three foundations, and numerous other international organizations.
Chiefs of Mission
Chiefs of Mission are the principal officers in charge of U.S. diplomatic missions and U.S. offices abroad, which the Secretary of State has designated as diplomatic in nature. This publication is updated several times annually.
Collection of transcripts from testimony by Department Officials appearing before the Congress.
Consular Notification and Access
Instructions for Federal, State, and other Local Law Enforcement and Other Officials Regarding Foreign Nationals in the United States and the Rights of Consular Officials to Assist Them.
Country Commercial Guides
Country Commercial Guides are available in the Market Research Library. These guides present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments using economic, political, and market analysis. Also read Investment Climate Statements.
Country Reports on Terrorism
Country Reports submitted annually to Congress by the Department of State on countries where terrorist acts have occurred, the status of cooperation against terrorism between the United States and selected countries, a report on state sponsorship of terrorism, and assessments of terrorist groups.
Diplomacy: The U.S. State Department at Work [PDF]
This publication explains the State Department's role with foreign governments, international organizations, and the people of other countries. It also explains the Department's main goals: protecting the U.S. and Americans; advancing democracy, human rights, and other global interests; promoting international understanding of American values and policies; and supporting U.S. diplomats, government officials, and all other personnel at home and abroad who make these goals a reality.
This annual publication contains the names of the members of the diplomatic staffs of all missions and their spouses. Members of the diplomatic staff are the members of the staff of the mission having diplomatic rank. These persons, with the exception of those identified, enjoy full immunity under provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Foreign Consular Offices in the U.S.
This publication contains a complete and official listing of the foreign consular offices in the United States, and recognized consular officers.
Foreign Relations of the United States
The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.
Great Seal of the United States [pdf]
A publication on the history and official use of The Great Seal of the United States. [Note: You will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this 980KB .pdf file.]
Guide to Doing Business With the U.S. Department of State
Lists useful information concerning the Department's procurement opportunities, points of contact, subcontracting opportunities, etc. This can be obtained in hard copy from the Superintendent of Documents.
Human Rights Reports (Country Reports on Human Rights Practices)
Country Reports submitted annually to the Congress by the Department of State regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights practices.
Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts
This directory lists key officers and their telephone and fax numbers from the Departments of State and Commerce, and other U.S. agencies at Foreign Service posts who assist American business representatives around the world. This publication is updated periodically during the year.
Narcotics Control Strategy Report
Annual report submitted to the Congress by the Department of State, in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act, which describes the efforts of countries, including those that received U.S. assistance, in the fight against drugs, and on Presidential narcotics certification determinations on drug producing and transit countries.
The First Annual Progress Assessment of the Presidential Task Force on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, released on World Wildlife Day, March 3, 2016, details the efforts, accomplishments, and planning of 17 U.S. Government agencies under the three-pillared approach (Strengthen Enforcement, Reduce Demand, Expand International Cooperation and Commitment) of the National Strategy.
Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review
The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) is a sweeping assessment of how the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) can become more efficient, accountable, and effective in a world in which rising powers, growing instability, and technological transformation create new threats, but also new opportunities. At its core the QDDR provides a blueprint for elevating American "civilian power" to better advance our national interests and to be a better partner to the U.S. military.
Religious Freedom Report (International Religious Freedom Report)
The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, and government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with P.L. 105-292 (105th Congress) and is cited as the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
Published monthly by the Department to facilitate communication between management and employees at home and abroad and to acquaint employees with developments that may affect operations or personnel.
Trafficking in Persons
The Secretary of State submits this annual report to Congress. It covers "severe forms of trafficking in persons" defined as: "(a) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or (b) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery."
U.S. Participation in the United Nations
This report is a survey of the activities of the U.S. Government in the United Nations and its agencies, as well as the activities of the United Nations and those agencies themselves. More specifically, this report seeks to assess UN achievements, the effectiveness of U.S. participation in the United Nations, and whether U.S. goals were advanced or thwarted and is submitted to Congress yearly.
Voting Practices in the United Nations
This annual report assesses the voting practices of the governments of UN member states into the General Assembly and Security Council, and evaluates the actions and responsiveness of those governments to U.S. policy on issues of special importance to the United States.