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The Foreign Service Journal
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.
The September issue shines a spotlight on AFSA's 2016 award winners and focuses on career diplomacy today.
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SPOTLIGHT ON AFSA AWARDS
The recipient of AFSA’s 2016 Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award talks about her Foreign Service career and her pioneering work to advance diversity and promote professional excellence at the State Department.
By relying on prevailing practice to set locally employed staff compensation, we are benefiting from the same labor exploitation that we oppose as a matter of U.S. foreign policy.
The FSJ keeps a focus on constructive dissent—its history, its value, its practice and its outcome.
FOCUS ON DIPLOMATIC TRADECRAFT
In foreign ministries around the world, training is undergoing intensification and expansion.
Combining different language-learning methods is the best bet for success, say two FSOs with experience as language teachers and students.
Advance planning and sustained initiative from mid-level officers who own their ideas are the keys to a fruitful high-level visit.
Here is an authoritative account of the aims of the CFP, presented as part of the Journal’s ongoing discussion of concerns regarding support for children and families overseas.
Life in the tropics demands that you make peace with a range of “creepy critters” you are bound to encounter.
Calling It Like We See It
Neglecting World’s Fairs Doesn’t Make Them Go Away, So Let’s Do It Right
Road Trip to Syria, 2011
Taking Performance Management Seriously