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 American Foreign Service Association has published the January-February issue of The Foreign Service Journal focusing on teaching diplomacy in a modern academic setting. Four articles examine the subject; kicking off with Ambassador Barbara Bodine’s reflection on how the realities of diplomacy differ from how the subject is taught and what students expect. Retired FSO Donna Marie Oglesby writes about how practitioners and academics teach diplomacy is significantly different, and Paul Sharp addresses the expectations those two disparate groups have of one another. Finally, retired FSO Robert Dry provides a literature review of books that are relevant to anyone teaching diplomacy today.

University of Arizona student Ahva Sadeghi looks back on her experience as a participant in the Department of State’s virtual student Foreign Service internship program, and exhorts her contemporaries to follow the same path. AFSA President Robert Silverman ponders the notorious “Blood Telegram” of 1971 and the nature of dissent, and retired Ambassador Edward Marks wrestles with the ever-evolving definition of the term “diplomacy.” Former FSJ editor Steve Honley looks back on his Foreign Service life through the prism of a “Jeopardy” tryout. Finally, the issue contains the ever-popular AFSA Tax Guide for Foreign Service employees and retirees.

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

Featured Content

FOCUS ON TEACHING DIPLOMACY

Teaching Diplomacy As Process (Not Event): A Practitioner’s Song

Diplomacy is a collaborative process over time involving a number of players with differing perspectives and strengths. How does a practitioner convey that in a classroom?
BY BARBARA K. BODINE


Diplomacy Education Unzipped

Who is a diplomat in today’s world? The differences between the academic’s and the practitioner’s approach to teaching diplomacy point to some answers.
BY DONNA MARIE OGLESBY


Diplomacy Works: A Practitioner’s Guide to Recent Books

The publication of books on diplomacy as a distinct discipline has increased recently. Hopefully, it is a trend that will continue.
BY ROBERT DRY


Practitioners, Scholars and the Study of Diplomacy

The relationship between practicing diplomats and international relations academics is fraught, and they are certainly not on the same wavelength when it comes to teaching diplomacy. Does it matter?
BY PAUL SHARP


FEATURE

How to Intern at State Without Leaving Home

The virtual internship is a unique avenue for students to gain experience in a particular field.
BY AHVA SADEGHI


COLUMNS

President’s Views

The Blood Telegram
BY ROBERT J. SILVERMAN


Speaking Out

Defining Diplomacy
BY EDWARD MARKS


Reflections

They Also Serve
BY STEVEN ALAN HONLEY