The Foreign Service Journal, January-February 2019

10 JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2019 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL international economists in “Economic Officers for the Future.” And what do you think? Are great economic officers politi- cal officers first? FCS Officer Daniel Crocker and Ambassador (ret.) Shaun Donnelly (now at the U.S. Council for International Business) offer six practical—some might say “actionable”—elements of effective economic/commercial diplomacy. Then we come to the up close and personal tales of economic diplomacy at work in “FromGuitars to Gold: The Fruits of Economic Diplomacy.” I regret that we could not include all the submissions we received, but the 13 selected cover a lot of fertile ground. Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce tells how exchange programs pay off for Americans and serve economic diplomacy goals. Excerpts from the FSJ archive show that the U.S. Foreign Service has been focused on economic diplomacy from the beginning—we chose examples from 1919, 1942, 1971 and 2005, including a remarkable org chart from the first page of the very first edition of the Journal . The top box in the chart says “American Busi- ness,” and all Foreign Service work flows from there! Please do peruse that inaugural Journal by going to the FSJ digital archive at , newly upgraded with an archive-only search function. I challenge anyone to open one old FSJ and not find themselves still exploring hours, days later. AFSA News includes the 2018 AFSA LETTER FROM THE EDITOR In the Beginning, ThereWas EconDiplomacy BY SHAWN DORMAN W elcome to 2019 and to the January-February edition of The Foreign Service Jour- nal , in which we examine economic diplomacy frommany angles— and from all over the world. This is a unique issue, in that it ties in closely with AFSA’s priority Economic Diplomacy Works initiative and aims to bring it all together under one roof, one cover. Ambassador Barbara Stephenson spells out the initiative in her President’s Views column. Ambassador (ret.) Tony Wayne opens the focus section with an overview, “What Is Economic Diplomacy and How Does It Work?” We get the “View from the E Fam- ily: Empowering Growth, Securing Our Future” in a message from Peter Haas, Judith Garber and Kent Logsdon, the three principal deputy assistant secre- taries leading the bureaus of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment. The Speaking Out column by recently retired Economic Officer Virginia Ben- nett, “Improving the Economic Career Track,” is an insider’s look at the chal- lenges faced by economic-coned officers competing for promotion and seeking a viable career path. Ambassador (ret.) Charlie Ries, who worked on economic issues for State for more than 30 years and is now a vice president at the RAND Corporation, helps distinguish between economic officers and Shawn Dorman is the editor of The Foreign Service Journal. Tax Guide, which will help you navigate what’s new for Foreign Service taxpay- ers. In addition, please see the Call for Nominations for the 2019-2021 AFSA Governing Board, and consider giving back to your profession by running for an AFSA position. As we were wrapping up this issue, President George H.W. Bush passed away. Throughout his life—as a member of Con- gress, ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. representative to the People’s Republic of China, and as CIA director, vice president and president, and well into his 90s—he crossed paths with and left an impression on so many in the diplomatic community. It is his dedica- tion to public service and his civility that resonate so strongly today. We plan to publish a collection of FS memories of the former president and would welcome your input. Please email your contribution—a short anecdote (up to 400 words) and/or a high-resolution photo of a note from him that you cherish and think is appropriate to share—by Jan. 10 to (subject line: George H.W. Bush Memories). Finally, the Journal is seeking a dynamic, super-organized magazine production manager and professional editor familiar with the Foreign Service for a new position of Managing Editor. (Current Managing Editor Susan Maitra will become our Senior Editor.) Check the AFSA website ( ) for the announcement; apply by Jan. 14. Thanks for reading. Please keep in touch and continue the conversation by responding to what you read in this and other issues of the Journal . n