THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
hiring decisions. Because it is obviously
impractical to interview the dozens of
bidders on each position, the 360-degree
process is a vital element complement-
ing the officer’s résumé and statement of
In other words, State’s use of 360
references is not about professional
development. It is about matching the
most qualified officers with the positions
where the department needs them.
While I doubt it was his intention, the
only way to implement Mr. Bent’s mis-
guided recommendations would be to
move to directed assignments for every-
one. Surely AFSA does not support such
a process, where officers have little or no
influence over where they are assigned.
Brian T. Neubert
The Wonderful World
Thanks to Matthew Asada for thegreat and informative article on “World’s Fairs Today” (October), as well as the
history of State Department involvement
in world expositions.
Like him, I attended a world’s fair
(Vancouver, 1986) in my youth and spent
several days at the 1992 Seville Expo
while in school.
Despite the limited U.S. pavilion, I
thought it was a fantastic forum for a
nation to display itself and imagined
doing that kind of work one day. Sadly,
by the time I joined the Foreign Service,
the U.S. government was no longer
giving much support to such events, as
Mr. Asada notes.
Based now in Paris, I visited this
year’s Milan Expo during my family’s
summer vacation. It was great seeing my
older daughter—about the same age I
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