The Foreign Service Journal, April 2024

6 APRIL 2024 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL 72 Reflections Get That Man a Chair By Michael Varga 74 Local Lens Kathmandu, Nepal By Andrea Nagy On the Cover—Illustration by Mark Smith. Marketplace 66 Real Estate 70 Classifieds 71 Index to Advertisers 7 President’s Views Hope for Resolving Workplace Conflict By Tom Yazdgerdi 9 Letter from the Editor From Bullying to Happiness By Shawn Dorman 23 Speaking Out The Surprising Secret to Powerful Leadership By Johanna Villalobos Perspectives Departments 10 Letters 13 Letters-Plus 17 Talking Points 63 Books AFSA NEWS THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION 43 On the Road with AFSA’s President 43 Centennial Writing Competition Winners 44 State VP Voice—Implementing the NDAA 45 USAID VP Voice—It’s Past Time to Stop the Bullying 46 Retiree VP Voice—Two Quirks in Federal Retirement Benefits 47 Of Special(ist) Concern—AFSA Advocates for FS Specialists 48 2023 AFSA Treasurer’s Report 48 AFSA Governing Board Meeting, February 21, 2024 49 AFSA Meets with Employee Organizations 50 AFSA Welcomes Newest FS Members 50 LM Shows the Love 51 First Happy Hour of the Next 100 Years 51 Save the Date— AFSA’s FS Day Programming 52 Consult AFSA’s Tax Guide Online 52 Seeking Employment Verification? 53 AFSA’s Good Works: Constructive Dissent Awards 43