The Foreign Service Journal, May 2018

Cover 1
Contents 5
Cover Story 19
Straight Talk on Diplomatic Capacity 19
Focus on Democracy 26
The State of Democracy in Europe and Eurasia: Four Challenges 26
Worrisome Trends in Latin America 30
USAID Election Assistance: Lessons from the Field 35
Saudi Arabia: Liberalization, not Democratization 40
Supporting Civil Society in The Face of Closing Space 45
Authoritarianism Gains in Southeast Asia 51
Democracy in Indonesia: A Progress Report 55
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Preserving America’s Global Leadership 7
Letter from the Editor—Whither Democracy? 9
Speaking Out—What the State Department Should Bring to the Table: Cultural and Language Expertise 17
Reflections—The Card from Kabul 85
Local Lens—Merzouga, Morocco 86
Departments 10
Letters 10
Letters-Plus 13
Talking Points 14
In Memory 72
Books 76
Marketplace 79
Classifieds 79
Real Estate 81
Index to Advertisers 84
AFSA News 60
The State of State 60
“Deep Dish” Podcast Hosts AFSA President 61
AFSA Happy Hour 61
State VP Voice—It Can’t Be Easy 62
FAS VP Voice—Looking Back, Moving Forward 63
Telling Our Story—Outreach 63
Where We Stand—EER Season: Thinking About the Precepts 64
2017 Sinclaire Language Awards Recipients 65
Nominate a Colleague for an MSI! 65
Back to School: Labor Management Matters 66
Ensuring a Better Packout 67
Thank You for Your Service: FS Retirees 68
AFSA Governing Board Meeting, March 2018 70
AFSA Welcomes New USAID VP 70
AAFAA Launches Internship Scholarship Fund 71