Department of State (DOS)

On July 27, 1789, President George Washington signed the law creating the Department of Foreign Affairs, the first Federal executive department created under the new Constitution of the United States. Renamed two months later as the Department of State, today it is responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries. The State Department operates the diplomatic missions of the United States-- including embassies, consulates and the U.S. mission to the United Nations--  and oversees issuance of U.S. passports, visas, and travel advisories for U.S. travelers going abroad.

State is also responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the United States and U.S. diplomacy efforts and is the depositary for more than 200 multilateral treaties.

The State Department publishes many renowned publications on U.S. foreign relations, English teaching, international treaties, foreign travel and more, including the lauded Foreign Relations of the United States Series (FRUS) as well as magazines such as the highly engaging State Magazine and English Teaching Forum for those who teach English abroad.

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State Magazine, No. 597, February 2015
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State Magazine, No. 597, February 2015

State Magazine, No. 597, February 2015

State Magazine, No. 596, January 2015
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State Magazine, No. 596, January 2015

State Magazine, No. 596, January 2015

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011, V. 1: Africa, East Asia and the Pacific; V. 2, Europe and Eurasia, Near East and North Africa; V. 3, +South and Central Asia; Western Hemisphere
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011, V. 1: Africa, East Asia and the Pacific; V. 2, Europe and Eurasia, Near East and North Africa; V. 3, +South and Central Asia; Western Hemisphere

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011, V. 1: Africa, East Asia and the Pacific; V. 2, Europe and Eurasia, Near East and North Africa; V. 3, +South and Central Asia; Western Hemisphere

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXV, National Security Policy, 1973-1976
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXV, National Security Policy, 1973-1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXV, National Security Policy, 1973-1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. XXI, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. XXI, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. XXI, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece

Foreign Relations-of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume VI, Soviet Union
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume VI, Soviet Union

Foreign Relations-of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume VI, Soviet Union

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2013
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Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2013

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2013

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. VIII, Arab-Israeli Dispute, January 1977-August 1978
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. VIII, Arab-Israeli Dispute, January 1977-August 1978

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. VIII, Arab-Israeli Dispute, January 1977-August 1978

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. III, Foreign Economic Policy
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. III, Foreign Economic Policy

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. III, Foreign Economic Policy

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume II, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume II, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume II, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXIII, SALT II, 1972-1980
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXIII, SALT II, 1972-1980

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXIII, SALT II, 1972-1980

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. XIII, China
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. XIII, China

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, V. XIII, China

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2012
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Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2012

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2012

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XXVII, Iran, Iraq,  1973-1976
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XXVII, Iran, Iraq, 1973-1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XXVII, Iran, Iraq, 1973-1976

Foreign Consular Offices in the United States, Spring/Summer 2007 (eBook)
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Foreign Consular Offices in the United States, Spring/Summer 2007 (eBook)

Foreign Consular Offices in the United States, Spring/Summer 2007 (eBook)

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XXXVIII, Part 1, Foundation of United States Foreign Policy 1973-1976
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XXXVIII, Part 1, Foundation of United States Foreign Policy 1973-1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XXXVIII, Part 1, Foundation of United States Foreign Policy 1973-1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXVII, Energy Crisis, 1974-1980
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXVII, Energy Crisis, 1974-1980

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXVII, Energy Crisis, 1974-1980

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXVI, Arab-israeli Dispute 1974-1976
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXVI, Arab-israeli Dispute 1974-1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXVI, Arab-israeli Dispute 1974-1976

Foreign Relations of the United States 1969-1976, Volume XVI, Soviet Union, August 1974-December 1976
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Foreign Relations of the United States 1969-1976, Volume XVI, Soviet Union, August 1974-December 1976

Foreign Relations of the United States 1969-1976, Volume XVI, Soviet Union, August 1974-December 1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXVI, Energy Crisis, 1969-1974
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXVI, Energy Crisis, 1969-1974

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXVI, Energy Crisis, 1969-1974

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XV, Soviet Union, June 1972-August 1974
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XV, Soviet Union, June 1972-August 1974

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. XV, Soviet Union, June 1972-August 1974

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXIV, National Security Policy
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXIV, National Security Policy

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXIV, National Security Policy

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XIII: Soviet Union, October 1970-October 1971
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XIII: Soviet Union, October 1970-October 1971

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XIII: Soviet Union, October 1970-October 1971

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXVIII, Southern Africa
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXVIII, Southern Africa

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXVIII, Southern Africa

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