The Foreign Service Journal, September 2021

Cover 1
Contents 5
Focus on 9/11, Twenty Years Later 22
Getting Off the X 22
The Global War on Terror and Diplomatic Practice 26
America and 9/11: The Real-World Impact of Terrorism and Extremism 31
The Proper Measure of the Place: Reflections on the Afghan Mission 35
Intervention: Unlearned Lessons, or the Gripes of a Professional 39
From the FSJ Archive: 9/11, War on Terror, Iraq and Afghanistan 43
FS Know-How 46
Whistleblower Protections: A Nonpartisan Necessity 46
FS Heritage 48
Diplomats Make a Difference: The U.S. and Mongolia, 1986-1990 48
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Reform Can’t Wait: No Time to Waste 7
Letter from the Editor—When Everything Changed 9
Speaking Out—The Remonstrating Official 19
Family Member Matters—An Old Friend 86
Reflections—Right of Boom: A Bomb and a Book 88
Local Lens—Lake Elmenteita, Kenya 90
Departments 10
Letters 10
Talking Points 13
In Memory 72
Books 78
Marketplace 82
Real Estate 82
Classifieds 84
Index to Advertisers 85
AFSA News 53
New AFSA Board Takes Office 53
Announcing the 2021 AFSA Award Winners 53
State VP Voice—Revitalizing the Core Precepts 54
USAID VP Voice—The Future of USAID: Three Scenarios 55
Retiree VP Voice—Retiree Agenda for 2021-2023 56
Unexplained Health Incidents: AFSA Advocates for Members 56
FSJ Wins Publication Awards 57
Child Tax Credit News 57
Meet the 2021-2023 AFSA Governing Board 58
2021 Kennan Award Winner: Valerie O’Brien 63
Meet the 2021 Merit Award Winners 64
AFSA Selects High School Essay Contest Winner 68
AFSA Pushes for Change on CDC Dog Import Restrictions 69
AFSA Speaker Series Reaches New Audiences 70
AFSA Statement on New Federal COVID-19 Measure 70
DACOR: Remembering Fallen FSOs 71
AFSA Governing Board Meeting Resolutions 71