The Foreign Service Journal, May 2024

42 MAY 2024 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL Non-Career Appointees: A Vital Foreign Policy Issue As part of the Journal’s continuing presentation of a variety of views on vital professional and foreign policy issues, we bring our readers the following interview with Ambassador Malcolm Toon. [That interview led to “200 clippings” and several network TV reports, and Toon was invited to appear on the “Today” show, a subsequent issue of the Journal reported.] —Frances G. Burwell, associate editor, April 1982 FSJ. 1982 1984 1982 The Mary Harriman Foundation funds a new, annual Avis Bohlen Award, honoring the FS family member who has done the most to advance U.S. interests overseas. 1983 Terrorist attacks on American embassies in Beirut and Kuwait inflict heavy loss of life. The Department of State funds the AFSA presidency as a full-time position. AFSA establishes a Legislative Action Fund. Human Rights and Foreign Policy The complexity and painfulness of giving consistent expression to [human rights] concerns, while pursuing other American interests and objective in bilateral relations, are intense. The following suggestions are designed to sketch a consistent approach to these problems, place those working on a country in a reasonably strong position when the spotlight falls on that country’s human rights deficiencies, and to provide some upward pressure on our leaders to do their part as well. —FSO John L. Washburn, in “Diplomacy without a Brief: Morality and Human Rights in Foreign Policy,” May 1977 FSJ. State’s Tangled Web The secret is out: our State Department does not singlehandedly conduct foreign policy. At last count some 46 agencies were running international programs, and … every one of them seems to have its own foreign policy agenda. This can—and often does—create an impression of chaos. —FSO Fitzhugh Green, May 1984 FSJ. For AFSA, the Foreign Service Act of 1980 marked a coming of age. During the months of debate and legislative maneuver, the association grew in understanding and mastery of its role and potential. —Harry Kopp, The Voice of the Foreign Service (2024). Ambassador Malcolm Toon.