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What is the mission of the U.S. Department of State?

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The Harry S Truman Building, U.S. Department of State headquarters in Washington, DC. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The mission of the U.S. Department of State is twofold. Also known as the State Department, this institution represents American foreign policy abroad. The State Department also advances the interests and security of the American people.

The safety and security of the United States and its citizens are always at the center of the State Department’s work. Everything the State Department does reflects a commitment to protecting and promoting the American way of life. The State Department achieves this broad goal through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance. Counterparts include foreign countries, international organizations, and non-government organizations.

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