WHERE ARE WE?
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WHAT DO WE DO?
The Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency. It promotes U.S. objectives and interests in shaping a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing the President's foreign policy. The Secretary of State, the ranking member of the Cabinet and fourth in line of presidential succession, is the President's principal adviser on foreign policy and the person chiefly responsible for U.S. representation abroad. Find more information in our pamphlet Diplomacy: The State Department at Work.
For more than 200 years, the State Department has supported Presidents and Secretaries of State, worked with the Congress, and served all citizens of the United States as we grew to become a great power. To read about our past and our role in foreign affairs, see A History of the United States Department of State, 1789-1996.