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Cross-Cultural Competence (3C)

Technology Is Changing How We Travel

Sites like Airbnb, We Roam, and Unsettled are bringing new travel opportunities to people around the world who want to experience or work in other countries and cultures.

Moving abroad? Stock up on some of these books

The Department of State's Foreign Service Institute (FSI) offers a number of resources to its foreign service officers in order to prepare them for their life and work abroad. Among these resources is a list of books on cross-cultural topics.

West Point cadets experience cultural lessons first hand

The U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange (DME) promoted strategic dialogue with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to foster mutual trust and understanding. The DME allows hands-on and side-by-side interaction between the U.S. Army and PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations. This year, West Point cadets participated for the first time.

So You're An American? A Resource from the Department of State

The Department of State has an interactive guide called So You're an American? A Guide to Answering Difficult Questions Abroad, which aims to help Americans communicate abroad.

Succeeding in an Increasingly Global Workforce

As the world becomes more interconnected, businesses will require a more global workforce—employees who are able to work across and within other countries and cultures. That requires not only language skills, but the ability to adapt and find common ground.

AFRICOM-led forum discusses women’s roles in global security, peacemaking

The “Women, Peace and Security” forum on September 19 consisting of women military officers, defense analysts and conflict-resolution specialists from the United States and seven African nations, and examined women’s roles as soldiers and civilian activists in building lasting regional stability.

Podcasts for Culture and Language

If you have plans to head to another country, and you're interested in learning a little more about the perspectives and culture of the people there, see if you can find a podcast about it. We highlight a few language- and culture-specific podcasts here.

Greetings and Gestures in Bahrain

In this video, an Arabian Peninsula expert discusses greetings and gestures common to the Arabian Peninsula.

Westerners in Saudi Arabia

In this video, an Arabian Peninsula expert discusses Saudis' attitudes toward Westerners in Saudi Arabia.

Formal Dinners in Saudi Arabia

In this video, a Saudi Arabia expert discusses formal dinners in Saudi Arabia.