About the department

The U.S Department of State was established on July 27,1789. Originally known as the Department of Foreign Affairs.

executive division of the U.S. federal government responsible for carrying out U.S foreign policy. it is the oldest of the federal departments and the president’s principal means of conducting treaty negotiations and forging agreements with foreign countries. The department speaks for the United States in the United Nations through the United States Mission to the United Nations.The department has six regional bureaus: African Affairs, European and Eurasian Affairs, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Near Eastern Affairs, South and Central Asian Affairs, and Western Hemisphere Affairs.he department’s other bureaus include Consular Affairs; Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Diplomatic Security; Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs; Educational and Cultural Affairs; Information Resource Management; Intelligence and Research; International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; International Organization Affairs; Legislative Affairs; Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Political-Military Affairs; Population, Refugees, and Migration; Public Affairs; and Verification, Compliance, and Implementation.

secretary of state

The secretary of state is the head of the Department of State. The secretary of state is assisted by one or more deputy secretaries and undersecretaries of state for political affairs economic, energy, and cultural affairs; arms control and international security affairs; democracy and global affairs; public diplomacy and public affairs; and management.