The Foreign Service Journal, March 2024

6 MARCH 2024 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL 88 Reflections Serving at the Panda Post By Doug Kelly 90 Local Lens Lake Tekapo, New Zealand By Carole Fenton On the Cover—Composition by Driven by Design. Photo details provided in Focus section. Marketplace 82 Real Estate 86 Classifieds 87 Index to Advertisers 7 President’s Views Promoting All Aspects of Diversity By Tom Yazdgerdi 9 Letter from the Editor Let’s Talk About the Mail By Shawn Dorman 17 Speaking Out Needed: A New Approach to Protecting America’s Diplomatic Treasures By Glyn Davies Perspectives Departments 10 Letters 11 Letters-Plus 13 Talking Points 71 In Memory 79 Books AFSA NEWS THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION 57 A FSA Webinar: Constructive Dissent Today 58 S tate VP Voice—Spotlight on EERs and the New Scoring Rubric 59 USAID VP Voice—Promotion Evaluation Reforms 60 FCS VP Voice—Signs of a Spring Thaw? 60 Federal Benefits Series—2024 Insurance Update 60 AFSA Governing Board Meetings, December 2023 and January 2024 61 Retiree VP Voice—Esprit de Corps 61 AFSA Welcomes New USAID Class 61 College Scholarships Available 62 A FSA on the Hill—Third Year of Robust Authorization Acts 63 On the Agenda: Road Safety 63 AFSA Meets with Employee Organizations 64 AFSA Releases Cost of Living Survey Results 66 Employee Spotlight: Ásgeir Sigfússon 66 AFSA Editorial Board Welcomes New Member 67 AFSA Welcomes New Comms Director 67 Next Stage: So You Want to Be an REA? 68 Diplomats@Work: Evacuating Ukraine 69 Keeping It Clean 69 AFSA Welcomes LM Intern 70 AFSA’s Good Works: The AFSA Memorial Plaques