The Foreign Service Journal, May 2021

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MAY 2021 5 Focus on Arctic Diplomacy FOREIGN SERVICE Feature 46 Raqqa’s Inferno— A Diplomat Reads Dante in Syria For this FSO, Dante’s imagery in The Inferno seemed to capture the depth of suffering and destruction he saw. By Wi l l i am Ro e b u c k Cover Story 20 Revitalizing State— Closing the Education Gap To reclaim leadership in handling international problems, State must increase investment in professional development of its greatest asset: its people. By Da v i d C . M i l l e r J r. , T h oma s R . P i c ke r i n g a n d Ra n d Be e r s 24 Advancing U.S. Diplomacy in the Arctic Despite challenges posed by Russia and China, the Biden administration has a chance to further constructive, cooperative relations among nations concerned with the Arctic. By Da v i d Ba l t o n 30 A Balanced Approach to the Arctic— A Conversation with U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region James P. DeHart The Arctic is a place of cross-cutting interests—security, science and economic development, among others—and the different pieces need to fit together. 53 A Victory Against McCarthy—The Bohlen Confirmation Nominated as U.S. ambassador to Moscow by President Eisenhower, Charles E. Bohlen met resistance head-on from Republican senators during the Red Scare. By Av i s Bo h l e n FS Heritage 34 Setting Up Shop in Nuuk In June 2020 U.S. diplomats reestablished a consulate in Greenland in what is now a fast- growing city that is coming into its own as a center for Arctic issues. By Ea v a n Cu l l y 38 Toward a Sustainable Arctic Iceland has worked to address priority challenges—economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection—during its chairmanship of the Arctic Council. By E i n a r Gu n n a r s s o n 42 Arctic Exceptionalism Can the Arctic’s unique distinction as a zone of peace be maintained? “The Arctic Senator” explains what it will take. By L i s a Mu r kows k i May 2021 Volume 98, No. 4