History, Authorities and the Interagency Process

History, Authorities and the Interagency Process

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This learning guide is for Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel who are deploying overseas as part of a U.S. embassy country team.


This learning guide provides an overview of the development of the Department of State, the current sources of Chief of Mission authorities and responsibilities overseas, and the evolving role of the Department of State in the contemporary interagency process. It also outlines some of the new interagency structures that have evolved over the last 10 years in response to foreign policy priorities.


This learning guide takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

This learning guide is for reference or professional development only. No certificate is awarded for completion.

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