The Foreign Service Journal, February 2011

Last Call for Dissent and Performance Award Nominations It’s not too late to nominate an outstanding member of the Foreign Service for one of AFSA’s awards for constructive dissent and exem- plary performance. If you have witnessed someone challenging the system or making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others while overseas, please take a few minutes to fill out a nomination form. The constructive dissent awards are unique in the U.S. government, as no other agency recognizes the role of dissent in changing and for- mulating policy. All the winners receive a $2,500 cash prize and are honored at a ceremony in late June each year at the State Department. Anyone may send in a nomination, and the nominee may be a Foreign Service employee of any of the five foreign affairs agencies. The final deadline for nominations is Feb. 28. For forms and more information about these prestigious awards, please visit, or contact Perri Green, Coordinator for Special Awards and Outreach, at or (202) 719-9700. 56 F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 1 A F S A N E W S AFSA NEWS BRIEFS Life in the Foreign Service BY BRIAN AGGELER Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming AFSA Events AFSA’s calendar adds new events weekly, and we want to draw your attention to some upcoming ones that you might find interesting. The AFSA Road Scholar programs continue to be among our most popular and well-received. We will be offering two in the coming months: One focusing on the Western Hemi- sphere from Feb. 8-11 and another with a Middle East focus from March 27-31. Both will take place at Washington’s Savoy Suites hotel. You may learn more about these pro- grams at Another upcoming event to note is our May 16 program featuring Ambassador Edmund Hull discussing his new book, High-Value Target: Countering al-Qaida in Yemen. A former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, Hull is a noted expert on this increasingly important country. We hope you can join us for one or more of these events. Our calendar is available online at and is frequently updated. Staff: Executive Director Ian Houston: Business Department Director of Finance Femi Oshobukola: Controller Kalpna Srimal: Assistant Controller Cory Nishi: Labor Management General Counsel Sharon Papp: Deputy General Counsel Zlatana Badrich: Labor Management Specialist James Yorke: Senior Staff Attorney Neera Parikh: Staff Attorney Michael Willats: Office Manager Christine Warren: USAID Senior Labor Management Adviser Douglas Broome: USAID Staff Assistant Patrick Bradley: Member Services Member Services Director Janet Hedrick: Member Services Representative Richard Buscemi: Administrative Assistant and Office Manager Ana Lopez: Communications, Marketing and Outreach Retiree Counseling & Legislation Coordinator Bonnie Brown: Director of Communications Thomas Switzer: Legislative Director Casey Frary: Executive Assistant to the President: vacant Scholarship Director Lori Dec: Scholarship Program Assistant Jonathan Crawford: Road Scholar Administrator Bernard Alter: Marketing & Outreach Manager Asgeir Sigfusson: Special Awards & Outreach Coordinator Perri Green: AFSA HEADQUARTERS: (202) 338-4045; Fax: (202) 338-6820 STATE DEPARTMENT AFSA OFFICE: (202) 647-8160; Fax: (202) 647-0265 USAID AFSA OFFICE: (202) 712-1941; Fax: (202) 216-3710 FCS AFSA OFFICE: (202) 482-9088; Fax: (202) 482-9087 PRESIDENT: STATE VP: RETIREE VP: USAID VP: FAS VP: FCS VP: AFSA News Editor Amy McKeever: (202) 338-4045, ext. 516; Fax: (202) 338-8244 Foreign Service Journal FSJ: Editor Steven Alan Honley: Senior Editor Susan Maitra: Associate Editor Shawn Dorman: Ad & Circulation Manager Ed Miltenberger: Art Director Caryn Suko Smith: On the Web AFSA WEB SITE: FSJ: an d How to Contact Us: Governing Board: PRESIDENT: Susan R. Johnson STATE VP: Daniel Hirsch USAID VP: Francisco Zamora FAS VP: Henry Schmick FCS VP: Keith Curtis RETIREE VP: Robert Houdek SECRETARY: F.A. “Tex” Harris TREASURER: Andrew Winter STATE REPS: Carleton Bulkin Ako Cromwell Mary Glantz Mike Haughey Les Hickman Bruce Matthews Raymond Maxwell Joyce Namde Lynn Nelson Sharon White USAID REPS: Michael Henning Glenn Rogers FCS REP: Stephen Morrison FAS REP: Melinda Sallyards IBB REP: Al Pessin RETIREE REPS: Janice Bay Robert (Bill) Farrand Mary Ellen Gilroy Molly Williamson