The Foreign Service Journal

June 2014

The Foreign Service Journal covers foreign affairs from an insider's perspective, providing thought-provoking articles on international issues, the practice of diplomacy and the U.S. Foreign Service. Including the AFSA News section, The Journal is published monthly (January-February and July-August issues combined) by the American Foreign Service Association.

This month, we bring you voices from other countries’ diplomatic corps. In four articles, diplomats from Turkey, India, Romania and Finland offer insights into their own Foreign Service institutions and foreign ministries and discuss the challenges of representing their countries abroad.

In this month’s feature, Our Woman in Havana, retired Ambassador Vicki Huddleston offers a case study in effectively representing U.S. interests through open communication, even in hostile environments such as Cuba. In his monthly column, AFSA President Robert J. Silverman believes that we should do more of Telling Our Diplomacy Stories. FSO Yaniv Barzilai writes on the challenges of publishing in the Foreign Service, and retired FSO Ted Wilkinson reflects on Ambassador Shirley Temple Black.

Find coverage of the AFSA and USAID memorial ceremonies honoring USAID FSO Antoinette “Toni” Tomasek and the results of a USAID employee survey in AFSA News. In our semi-annual education supplement, Francesca Huemer Kelly looks at the revamped SAT and Michelle Grappo offers advice on what to do when your child is struggling in school.

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