The Foreign Service Journal, May 2024

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MAY 2024 15 ital city to the Belorussian border, without prior approval from the White House. Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor told FP the embassy is “overworked and understaffed,” but the staffing increase should help ease the burden. U.N. Resolution on AI On March 21, the United Nations adopted a nonbinding, U.S.-led resolution on artificial intelligence (AI) safety protocols. The resolution was cosponsored by more than 120 nations. The resolution calls on member states to seize “the opportunities of safe, secure and trustworthy” AI systems that respect international law and human rights and address global challenges including poverty elimination, global health, food security, climate, energy, and education. The resolution was adopted unanimously. On April 1, another AI agreement was signed, this time between the U.S. and the U.K. The two countries announced a partnership to accelerate work “across the full spectrum of risks, whether to our national security or to our broader society,” according to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Generals Blame State for Evacuation Woes At a March 19 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, retired general Mark Milley, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and retired general Kenneth McKenzie, former commander of U.S. Central Command, both blamed the State Department for problems with the August 2021 evacuation from Afghanistan. McKenzie told the committee that, while the department had an evacuation plan, their military counterparts “struggled to gain access to that plan.” Milley said the department’s decision to evacuate U.S. citizens “came too late.”