The Foreign Service Journal, March 2024

Cover 1
Contents 5
Focus on Oral Histories 20
A Century of Service: Firsthand Accounts from U.S. Diplomats 20
Diplomatic Security Service: Early Days 43
Straight from the Source 47
A Look at the New Learning Policy: How, When, and Where Do State Department Employees Learn? 47
Feature 52
Pomelo Diplomacy 52
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Promoting All Aspects of Diversity 7
Letter from the Editor—Let’s Talk About the Mail 9
Speaking Out—Needed: A New Approach to Protecting America’s Diplomatic Treasures 17
Reflections—Serving at the Panda Post 88
Local Lens—Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 90
Departments 10
Letters 10
Letters-Plus 11
Talking Points 13
In Memory 71
Books 79
Marketplace 82
Real Estate 82
Classifieds 86
Index to Advertisers 87
AFSA News 57
AFSA Webinar: Constructive Dissent Today 57
State VP Voice—Spotlight on EERs and the New Scoring Rubric 58
USAID VP Voice—Promotion Evaluation Reforms 59
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 60
Retiree VP Voice—Esprit de Corps 61
AFSA Welcomes New USAID Class 61
College Scholarships Available 61
AFSA on the Hill—Third Year of Robust Authorization Acts 62
On the Agenda: Road Safety 63
AFSA Meets with Employee Organizations 63
AFSA Releases Cost of Living Survey Results 64
Employee Spotlight: Ásgeir Sigfússon 66
AFSA Editorial Board Welcomes New Member 66
AFSA Welcomes New Comms Director 67
Next Stage: So You Want to Be an REA? 67
Diplomats@Work: Evacuating Ukraine 68
Keeping It Clean 69
AFSA Welcomes LM Intern 69
AFSA’s Good Works: The AFSA Memorial Plaques 70