The Foreign Service Journal, September 2016

Cover 1
Contents 4
Spotlight on AFSA Awards 24
Foreign Service Trailblazer—Ambassador Ruth A. Davis 24
When Prevailing Practice Fails: Constructive Dissent 36
The FSJ’s “Top Ten” on Dissent 40
Focus on Diplomatic Tradecraft 41
Diplomatic Training: New Trends 41
Five Ways to Tackle a New Language 44
Over the Finish Line: Winning Strategies for a Successful Visit 44
Features 51
MED’s Child & Family Program, Explained 51
Creepy Critters We Have Known 54
Perspectives 6
President's Views: Calling It Like We See It 6
Letter from the Editor: Recognizing Excellence and Courage 9
Speaking Out: Neglecting World’s Fairs Doesn’t Make Them Go Away, So Let’s Do It Right 20
Reflections: Road Trip to Syria, 2011 100
Local Lens: Liberia 102
Departments 11
Letters 11
Talking Points 14
In Memory 85
Books 90
Marketplace 93
Classifieds 93
Real Estate 96
Index to Advertisers 99
AFSA News 59
Honoring AFSA’s 2016 Award Winners 59
State VP Voice: Taking Performance Management Seriously 60
FCS VP Voice: The Golden Rule—Paradox or Words to Live By? 61
Long Term Care Premium Hikes 61
Retiree VP Voice: In Defense of Dissent 62
Introducing the Labor Management Team 63
To Soar Like a Phoenix 66
AFSA Award Winner Profiles 67
Using Diplomacy to Meet the New Threat Set 75
AFSA Governing Board Meetings: June and July 76
Celebrating Strategic Writing 77
DS Begins Recording Interviews 78
USAID Honors Fallen Colleagues 79
Forging Foreign Service Alliances in the Rockies 80
LGBT+ in Foreign Affairs 81
2016 Foreign Service Youth Awards 82
AFSA National High School Essay Contest Winner 83
FEGLI Open Season in September 83
Editorial Board Hail and Farewell 84