The Foreign Service Journal, October 2008

Cover I
Contents 3
Focus on The Peace Corps 20
The Peace Corps at Middle Age 20
Restoring an American Icon for the 21st Century 27
The Silk Road to Washington 34
From the Peace Corps to the Diplomatic Corps 39
FS Fiction 46
Sammy and I 46
Features 52
From Khartoum to Concord 52
Cuba after Fidel 55
AFSA News 61
First Call for AFSA Governing Board Nominations 61
U.S. Presidential Transition and AFSA 61
Editor’s Note: AFSA News Changes Hands 61
News Briefs: Aggeler, Comparability Pay 62
VP State: The Presidential Candidates and the Foreign Service 63
VP USAID: Career Foreign Service Under Attack from Inside 64
Slouching Toward Retirement? 65
Call for Submissions: Inside a U.S. Embassy 66
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers @ State 67
Essay Contest Introduces Students to the Foreign Service 68
Get Set to Vote 68
Classifieds 69
Departments 5
President’s Views—A Professional Issue 5
Speaking Out—Mid-Level Hiring and the War for Talent 13
FS Know-How—Maximizing the Value of the Political Adviser Function 16
Reflections—Earth to Earth, Ashes to Ashes 88
Letters 6
Cybernotes 9
Marketplace 11
Books 71
In Memory 73
Index to Advertisers 86