The Foreign Service Journal, April 2021

Cover 1
Contents 5
Focus on Diplomacy in an Age of Disruption 26
Can Diplomacy Be Done Virtually? 26
Commercial Diplomacy Strong—Raising the Bar in the Virtual Era 31
In-Person Exchanges, Interrupted 34
Transferring in a Time of Chaos 39
Pandemic Parenting—How Foreign Service Moms Are (Not) Making It Work 44
My Reintroduction to America—A COVID-19 Journey 49
Feature 53
Effective Public Diplomacy: Lessons from Tuk-Tam 53
Appreciation 56
A Truly Trustworthy Leader: George P. Shultz, 1920-2020 56
Retirement Supplement 70
Twelve Retirement Pitfalls to Avoid 70
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Taking Care of Our Colleagues—and Ourselves 7
Letter from the Editor—Virtual Diplomacy in an Age of Disruption 9
Speaking Out—Resilience Leadership 23
Reflections—The Case of the Bungled Blacklist 85
Local Lens—Jurmala, Latvia 86
Departments 10
Letters 10
Letters-Plus 13
Talking Points 17
Books 78
Marketplace 80
Real Estate 80
Classifieds 83
Index to Advertisers 84
AFSA News 59
AFSA Celebrates Win on Meritorious Service Increases 59
State VP Voice—Are Linked Assignments Worth It Anymore? 60
USAID VP Voice—Schedule F(SL): Noncareer Hiring Takes a Toll 61
FCS VP Voice—Our Biggest Untapped Resource 62
AFSA President Meets with Members in Virtual Town Halls 63
AFSA Governing Board Meeting, Feb. 17, 2021 63
State MED Director Briefs AFSA Members on Slow Vaccine Rollout 64
AFSA Seeks Award Nominations for 2021 65
AFSA Welcomes New Hires to the Foreign Service 66
Save the Date: Foreign Service Day Virtual Events 67
AFSA Webinar: Reviewing Your Retirement Plan 68
USAID Seeks Assignment and Career Counselors 68
APHIS Offers Foreign Service Fellowship 69