The Foreign Service Journal, November 2018

Cover 1
Contents 5
Cover Story: Diplomatic Courier Service Centennial 22
None Swifter Than These 22
U.S. Diplomatic Couriers: A Historic Timeline 27
From Pouches to Cargo: Diplomatic Couriers Today 31
Focus on Foreign Service Authors 34
In Their Own Write 34
Of Related Interest 53
Coming into Their Own ‘Write’—A Look Back at an FS Women’s Writers’ Group 59
Feature 64
The Family Liaison Office—Making a World of Difference for 40 Years 64
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Telling Our Story to the American People 7
Letter from the Editor—Tales from the Foreign Service 9
Speaking Out—Radically Simple Ideas for a Better State: Foreign Service 2.0 19
Reflections—An Unexpected Find in Deir al-Qamar 85
Local Lens—Bukhara, Uzbekistan 86
Departments 10
Letters 10
Talking Points 13
Marketplace 80
Classifieds 80
Real Estate 82
Index to Advertisers 84
AFSA News 70
Foreign Service Night at Nationals Park 70
State VP Voice—Foreign Service Family Ties 71
FCS VP Voice—Working in Concert with State to Advance Economic Security 72
16,914! 72
Retiree VP Voice—No Soup for You! 73
Last Chance to Update Your Information for the 2019 Retiree Directory 73
Stick with AFSA in Retirement 74
AFSA Welcomes Consular Fellows 74
AFSA Receives “Clean” 2017 Audit 74
AFSA on the Hill—The Race to the Midterms 75
FSJ Editor Gives Lecture on Diplomacy 75
AFSA Honors Amb. Tom Shannon 76
AFSA Welcomes New Governing Board Member 76
AFSA Governing Board Meeting, September 12 76
AFSA’s Outreach Goes from Coast to Coast 77
Notes From Labor Management—Performance Management: A How-To Guide 78
AFSA Welcomes Incoming USAID Officers 79
AFSA Welcomes New Team Members 79