The Foreign Service Journal

 


The Foreign Service Journal covers foreign affairs from an insider's perspective, providing thought-provoking articles on international issues, the practice of diplomacy and the U.S. Foreign Service. Including the AFSA News section, The Journal is published monthly (January-February and July-August issues combined) by the American Foreign Service Association.

THE FSJ CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH
APRIL FOCUS ON “GREENING EMBASSIES”

This month the FSJ takes a look at the dynamic efforts to improve energy-efficiency in American embassies throughout the world. You will find profiles of the Department of State’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative and the League of Green Embassies. Giving an insight into other countries’ efforts, Finnish diplomat Emilia Honkasaari tells the story of the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., a pioneering structure that was the first embassy in America to achieve LEED certification.

In this month’s feature, Phebe Xu Gray reflects on “How H.A. Giles Learned Chinese.” She highlights the late-1800s linguistic journey of British diplomat Herbert Allen Giles. In our monthly columns, Susie Martineau reflects on her life as “a Global Nomad,” Tyler Sparks advocates for bringing back the Powell Fellows Program, and AFSA President Robert J. Silverman shares his perspectives on the reasons to love the League of Green Embassies.

We always welcome short, focused letters about FSJ content; please send them to journal@afsa.org.

Featured Content

FOCUS: GREENING EMBASSIES

Eco-Diplomacy: Building the Foundation

U.S. embassies and consulates around the world are becoming showcases for American leadership in best practices and sustainable technology.
BY DONNA M. MCINTIRE


The Greening Diplomacy Initiative: Capturing Innovation

State’s homegrown Greening Diplomacy Initiative relies on seeding, harvesting, sifting, implementing and sharing employees’ innovations and ideas, large and small.
BY CAROLINE D’ANGELO


The League of Green Embassies: American Leadership in Sustainability

A coalition of more than 100 U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide shares ideas and practical experience in the field.
BY JOHN DAVID MOLESKY


Finns Take the LEED in Green Embassy Design

The Finnish embassy in Washington, D.C., is a green building that was ahead of its time. Here is the story of this sustainability pioneer.
BY EMILIA HONKASAARI


FEATURE

How H.A. Giles Learned Chinese

The life and work of Herbert Allen Giles offer insights for many Foreign Service members—particularly those who embark on the kind of linguistic journey Giles undertook as a young diplomat.
BY PHEBE XU GRAY


COLUMNS

President’s Views

Three Reasons to Love the League of Green Embassies
BY ROBERT J. SILVERMAN


Speaking Out

Bring Back the Powell Fellows Program
BY TYLER SPARKS


Reflections

Hi, My Name Is Susie—and I’m a Global Nomad
BY SUSIE MARTINEAU