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 FSJ takes an in-depth look at the state of diplomatic reporting today. What are the main challenges to reporting officers? Do instant communications and the threat of another WikiLeaks-type release of information put constraints on what reporting can achieve? We get two viewpoints, one from a veteran producer of reports and the other from a longtime consumer of diplomatic reporting inside the intelligence community. We also offer a selection of views from current reporting officers.
Also this month, Joash Omondi looks back at the Westgate terrorist attack and its effects in Kenya. Retired FSO Donald Bishop takes a humorous look at the 1949 "classic" film, State Department: File 649. Luciano Mangiafico reflects on spy-vs-spy, Romanian style. Retired Ambassador Dennis Jett wonders how we can get better ambassadors, and AFSA President Bob Silverman looks forward to the second QDDR exercise in his President's Views column.
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