The Foreign Service Journal - November 2014 - page 8

Focus on Foreign Service Writing
Shawn Dorman is the editor of
The Foreign Service Journal.
focus this month on Foreign Service
writing as we take the wonderful annual
trek through the latest books by mem-
bers of the FS community in “In Their
Own Write,” and a look at books “Of
Related Interest” by non-FS authors.
About half of the books featured are
self-published. This publishing option
has become a viable way to get a book
out into the world while retaining the
rights as well as (much) more of the
profits. See “Self Publishing” by Susan
Maitra and Brittany DeLong.
The Foreign Service book roundup is
one of my favorite features in the
each year, as we can showcase the often
hidden writing talents in our commu-
nity. This year, for the first time, we are
hosting a “Book Market” event for these
FS authors at AFSA on Nov. 13 from 1 to 4
p.m. Do stop by. Authors will be available
to discuss their work and sign books.
Now that you are inspired, it’s time to
consider your own writing. This year, we
are offering up our 2015 focus topic cal-
endar early so that more Foreign Service
authors can consider submitting articles
related to one of the focus topics.
We also welcome and encourage
articles on any subject that would be of
interest to the FS community and other
current and future foreign affairs profes-
sionals. Articles on topics of present-day
concern are most encouraged, and we
do not need to wait for a focus to include
such contributions.
We are always on the lookout for
good Speaking Out submissions, as
well as articles for Reflections, FS Know
How, FS Heritage and the features sec-
tion. And if you have an idea for a book
review, please be in touch.
Also please consider sharing your
thoughts on any article by sending a let-
ter to the editor. Comments can also be
shared on the
Facebook page.
Keep in mind that the time from
submission to publication will be at least
six to eight weeks, so if a focus topic is
of interest, aim to submit at least two
months before publication.
Thanks for reading, and writing. We
look forward to hearing from you.
n Oct. 1, I had the distinct
privilege of accompanying
AFSA President Bob Silver-
man to interview Deputy
Secretary of State Bill Burns on the occa-
sion of his upcoming retirement from a
33-year distinguished diplomatic career.
In “A Life of Significance”—which is what
Amb. Burns calls the Foreign Service
career—he reflects on his experiences,
looking back and looking ahead, sharing
advice for the next generation of diplo-
mats. Having been deeply involved in
U.S.-Russian (and previously, Soviet) rela-
tions over many years, Amb. Burns offers
tips for those heading out to assignments
in Russia today.
In our cover story, Ambassador James
Goodby describes what he calls the “Putin
Doctrine,” and suggests the appropriate
U.S. response in an updated version of
containment, “preventive diplomacy.”
Former Secretary of State George Shultz
joins the conversation, offering his take on
the doctrine and the best way forward for
U.S. engagement with Russia.
Elsewhere in the issue, in an Appre-
ciation of Ambassador Terence Todman,
friend and colleague JimDandridge writes
about Todman’s extraordinary life of
pioneering service. In President’s Views,
Bob Silverman reflects on staffing issues
and the need to right the personnel balance
at State. Ambassador Ed Peck shares an old
photo that brought back
memories of an Algerian
adventure, circa 1966.
In addition to those
special features, we
2015 Focus Topic Calendar
The Teaching
of Diplomacy
Iran Today: The Role for
Defining Acceptable Risk, plus
40 Years Since the Fall of Saigon
USAID Working in Conflict Zones:
Practitioners’ Views
Diversity in the FS and the
Status of LGBT Rights
The State of Diplomacy
and Diplomacy as a Profession
AFSA Awards Program,
plus A Look at the Foreign Service
Act of 1980
Staffing and Assignments
(especially Priority Staffing Posts)
In Their Own Write (books
by FS-affiliated authors), plus The U.S.
Diplomacy Center Today
Making a Difference: The
International Visitor Program Turns 75
1,2,3,4,5,6,7 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,...100
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