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 March issue focuses on Iran and how lessons of the past may inform the future of diplomatic relations. Recently retired FSO Jillian Burns assesses the Iran Watcher Program, a decade-old program which provides critical information for current nuclear negotiations. Iran Expert Ambassador John Limbert shares his own experience and historical lessons to explain what it will take for Washington to “get it right” if U.S. diplomats return to Tehran. Michael Metrinko, retired Foreign Service officer and former Iran hostage, recounts his story of 14 months of imprisonment, most of it spent in solitary confinement.

Elsewhere in the issue, Ambassador Willard DePree reflects on critical moments of diplomacy with Mozambique that had clear and measureable results. Also included is a tongue-in-cheek examination of the interesting—albeit short—Foreign Service career of former New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia from author and former FSO Luciano Mangiafico.

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

Featured Content

FOCUS ON IRAN

The Iran Watcher Program: A Different Kind of Teleworking

Just over a decade old, the Iran Watcher program is an organizational model for remote diplomacy and a benchmark for success.
BY JILLIAN BURNS


The Road Back to Tehran: Bugs, Ghosts and Ghostbusters

A veteran FSO and authority on Iran explains what it will take for Washington to “get it right” when U.S. diplomats finally return to Tehran.
BY JOHN W. LIMBERT


The 1979 Hostage Crisis: Down and Out in Tehran

Foreign Service Political Officer Michael Metrinko spent most of his 14 months as a hostage in solitary confinement. Here is his story.
BY MICHAEL METRINKO


FEATURE

Mozambique: When Diplomacy Paid Off

In the face of numerous challenges, diplomacy played a vital role in post-independence Mozambique and the Southern Africa region.
BY WILLARD DEPREE


FS HERITAGE

Our Man in Fiume: Fiorello LaGuardia’s Short Diplomatic Career

Before serving in Congress and as a three-time mayor of New York, the colorful Fiorello LaGuardia spent nearly five years in the U.S. Foreign Service.
BY LUCIANO MANGIAFICO


COLUMNS

President’s Views

A Doyenne of the Old School
BY ROBERT J. SILVERMAN


Speaking Out

A Glass Half Full
BY DAVID T. JONES


Reflections

Rangoon: A Walk in the Rain
BY ARTHUR DYMOND