Analysis | Crisis at the State Department

A new report published by ISD finds that more than 30% of Foreign Service Officers are looking for the exits — and no, it’s not just because of Trump.

Secretary Antony J. Blinken participates in a Town Hall with U.S. Mission Nigeria and U.S. Mission Kenya employees and family members from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on April 27, 2021. (Image: State Department, Freddie Everett)
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to staff and families of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. (Image: State Department)

“It crushes morale and drives people out,” another respondent said. “Doing good work every day is not enough to get you a good assignment. You have to hustle, and even if you play the game, you may end up empty-handed.”

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