The Foreign Service Journal, September 2009

J O U R N A L OREIGN ERVICE S F P RESIDENT ’ S V IEWS / 5 Challenges and Opportunities By Susan R. Johnson S PEAKING O UT / 15 Strengthen the Process for Middle East Diplomacy By David T. Jones FS K NOW -H OW / 18 ‘Virtually’ There: FS Spouses Build Careers Without Borders By Katherine Jacobs and Carolyn Ho R EFLECTIONS / 80 The Spirituality of Living Abroad By Douglas E. Morris L ETTERS / 7 C YBERNOTES / 11 M ARKETPLACE / 13 B OOKS / 51 I N M EMORY / 71 I NDEX TO A DVERTISERS / 78 Cover and inside illustration by Brian Hubble F O C U S O N D i p l o m a t s i n C o n f l i c t Z o n e s T HE D IPLOMAT A S C OUNTERINSURGENT / 21 Civilians must become as conversant with the fundamentals of counterinsurgency warfare as our military counterparts already are. By Kurt Amend I NTERAGENCY C OOPERATION : T HE JIATF IN I RAQ / 28 The experience of the Joint Interagency Task Force in Iraq offers rich insights into effective strategic cooperation. By Robert M. Birkenes F ROM P INSTRIPES TO K HAKI : G OVERNANCE U NDER F IRE / 35 U.S. diplomats must work alongside our military colleagues as full partners to improve conditions in conflict zones. By Paul Folmsbee F E A T U R E S S AM N UNN : N ATIONAL S ECURITY V ISIONARY / 40 Both as a four-term U.S. senator and a private citizen, Sam Nunn has tirelessly advocated nonproliferation. For those efforts, he is the latest recipient of AFSA’s Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award. By Steven Alan Honley U SING C LOUD C OMPUTING TO C LOSE THE D EVELOPMENT G AP / 47 A paradigm shift now occurring in the information technology industry offers the possibility of accelerating social and economic development. By Kenneth I. Juster S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L 3 C ONTENTS September 2009 Volume 86, No. 9