The Foreign Service Journal, September 2017

Cover 1
Contents 5
Cover Story 27
It’s Practical: Training the Next Generation of Diplomats 27
Focus on Exemplary Performance & Constructive Dissent 31
Leader, Mentor, Diplomat: Ambassador Nancy J. Powell 31
The State of Dissent in the Foreign Service 41
In Pursuit of Transparency in Assignment Restriction Policies 47
Pushing State to Prevent Illegal Adoptions 50
DS Could Advance Overseas Visa and Passport Security 54
Feature 57
A New Citizen of London Shines on the Other Side of the Thames 57
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Building Enduring Supportfor the Foreign Service 7
Letter from the Editor—Stories of Excellence 9
Speaking Out—How to Get More Bang for Our FSI Buck: Engaging Foreign Diplomats and Diasporas 23
Reflections—A Baltic Tale 105
Local Lens—Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia 106
Departments 10
Letters 10
Letters-Plus 14
Talking Points 18
In Memory 91
Books 96
Marketplace 99
Classifieds 99
Real Estate 102
Index to Advertisers 104
AFSA News 62
AFSA Awards Honor Foreign Service Excellence 62
State VP Voice—Like a Bridge 66
Retiree VP Voice—Focus on Retiree Issues 66
FAS VP Voice—Seeking Solutions and Sustainability 67
FCS VP Voice—Facing Unprecedented Challenges 68
USAID VP Voice—Promoting USAID Interests 68
2017-2019 AFSA Governing Board Takes Office 69
Meet the 2017-2019 AFSA Governing Board 69
Behind the Scenes at the AFSA Election 74
Governing Board Meeting Notes 74
Sinclaire Award Recipients in Action 75
AFSA Award Winner Profiles 76
Celebrating Foreign Service Youth Achievements 87
Meet the 2017 AFSA Merit Award Winners 88
Kennan Award Salutes Strong Writing 90