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.
This month, the focus is on Afghanistan as December marks the official withdrawal of U.S. military forces from the country. What is the situation today, and what does the future hold for Afghanistan? We examine the question through three separate articles from retired Foreign Service officer Edmund McWilliams, Director of the United States Institute of Peace’s Afghanistan & Central Asia Program Scott Smith, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia David Sedney. They each have a different viewpoint and offer suggestions and predictions ranging from pessimistic to hopeful. All of them agree, however, that without some continuing U.S. engagement, Afghanistan’s future is very much in doubt.
In addition, entry-level Foreign Service officer Wren Elhai makes the case for including Twitter as an indispensable part of the U.S. diplomatic toolkit, and AFSA President Bob Silverman remembers fallen colleagues in his monthly column. Finally, the December issue contains our semi-annual education supplement, focusing on educational information for Foreign Service families. The supplement includes two highly information articles for Foreign Service parents; one looking at the realities of college rankings, and the other at the possible option of boarding school for Foreign Service kids.
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