The Foreign Service Journal, March 2023

Cover 1
Contents 5
Focus on FS Reform: Outlook and Considerations 23
Toward a More Modern Foreign Service: Next Steps 23
From Instinct to Evidence in Foreign Policy Decision-Making 27
Learning the Ropes Through Rotations 31
Meritocracy at State: Who Deserves What 34
Why Senior Leaders Cannot Reform the State Department 37
Feature 41
Mali’s SPEAR Team: Protecting U.S. Diplomats at a Dangerous Post 41
Summer Camps and Programs Supplement 57
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Back to the Spoils System? 7
Letter from the Editor—Foreign Service Reform Today 9
Speaking Out—In the Corridors: Where Culture, Reputation, and DEIA Meet 20
Reflections—The Letter That Saved a Romanian Diplomat-Spy 76
Local Lens—Helsinki, Finland 78
Departments 10
Letters 10
Letters-Plus 13
Talking Points 16
In Memory 60
Books 67
Marketplace 70
Real Estate 70
Classifieds 74
Index to Advertisers 75
AFSA News 45
AFSA Survey Results: The Future of Foreign Service Work 45
Pay Equity Victory for CS DETOs 45
State VP Voice—AFSA Wins in the New Year 46
USAID VP Voice—The Future of the Foreign Service at USAID: More Questions Than Answers 47
AFSA on the Hill—Authorizations and Funding Outcomes 48
Changes to the Worldwide Availability Requirement: AFSA Statement 49
AFSA Urges Fixes to Employee Express 49
Meet the Team Working for You! 49
AFSA President Talks Diplomacy in California 52
AFSA Governing Board Meeting, Dec. 7, 2022 52
AFSA Governing Board Meeting, Jan. 18, 2023 52
Changes to Domestic Travel Rules 53
USAID Framework Negotiations Complete 53
AFSA College Scholarships 54
AFSA High School Essay Contest 54
Memorial Plaques Restoration Completed 54
Retiree Group Hears from Amb. Yovanovitch 55
AFSA Webinar: Reviewing Your Retirement Plan 56
New Oral History Project Highlights Family Members 56
Holiday Wreath-Laying Ceremony at State 56