The Foreign Service Journal, October 2019

6 OCTOBER 2019 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL 55 AFSA and the Foreign Service Play Ball! 56 State VP Voice—Bidding Season Comes Around Again 57 Retiree VP Voice—Planning for the Foreign Service and AFSA Centennials 57 Announcing the 2019 AFSAAwardWinners 58 AFSA On the Hill—The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 59 Russ Capps: A LifeWell Lived 60 AFSAAnnounces National High School Essay Contest Winners 60 The Foreign Service Journal Welcomes New Advertising Manager 61 AFSAWelcomes Newest Consular Fellows and Foreign Commercial Service Classes 62 Inside theWorld of Diplomacy 62 Update Your Information for the 2020 AFSA Directory of Retired Members AFSA NEWS THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION Cover Image —THEISPOT.COM/Robert Neubecker Marketplace 65 FS Community Businesses 66 Classifieds 68 Real Estate 70 Index to Advertisers FOREIGN SERVICE 7 President’s Views We Are Career Professionals Serving Our Country By E r i c Ru b i n 9 Letter from the Editor Diplomats Write By Sh awn Do rma n 17 Speaking Out There Is No “Complacent State” By An d rew Ke l l y 72 Reflections Back to Brazzaville By Da n Wh i tma n Perspectives Departments 10 Talking Points 63 Books 74 Local Lens Côte d’Ivoire By Co rey A . Ha n c o c k 59 61