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 September issue’s focus is on AFSA’s 2014 award winners. Charles Stuart Kennedy, recipient of the Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy award, discusses his Foreign Service career and his pioneering work on American diplomacy’s oral history program with FSJ Editor Shawn Dorman. Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, recipient of AFSA’s Herter Award for constructive dissent by a senior FSO, reflects on his experience in Kandahar. Retired FSO and three-time AFSA dissent award winner Ambassador Kenneth Quinn shares his thoughts on Requirements for an Effective Foreign Service, drawing on his 32 years in the Foreign Service. Complete coverage of the 2014 awards ceremony, including profiles of all of the dissent and performance winners, is featured in the AFSA News section of the magazine.

Also, Ambassador Marc Grossman explores an evolving concept of diplomacy to meet the opportunities and challenges America faces in A Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Back to the Future? Elsewhere in the issue, FSO William Bent shares his experiences of life at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, and AFSA President Robert Silverman shares thoughts on advocating for the Foreign Service.

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

Featured Content

COVER STORY

A Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Back to the Future?

A distinguished diplomat explores an evolving concept of diplomacy to meet the kaleidoscope of opportunities and challenges America faces.
BY MARC GROSSMAN


FOCUS: AFSA HONORS DISSENT AND PERFORMANCE

Turning the Tables: An Interview with Stu Kennedy

Charles Stuart Kennedy, this year’s winner of AFSA’s Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award, talks about his Foreign Service career and pioneering work creating American diplomacy’s oral history program.
BY SHAWN DORMAN


Integrity and Openness: Requirements for an Effective Foreign Service

Honesty and candor have been the watchwords of this three-time AFSA dissent award winner’s diplomatic career.
BY KENNETH M. QUINN


A Reflection on Bravery

When Washington quashed a local outreach effort in Kandahar, one FSO decided to throw a spotlight on a broader public affairs problem.
BY JONATHAN ADDLETON


FEATURE

Serving at Embassy Kabul

Life on a secure compound in a war zone is somewhat surreal.
BY BILL BENT


COLUMNS

President’s Views

Talking About Foreign Service Advocacy
BY ROBERT J. SILVERMAN


Speaking Out

“Up or Out” Is Harming American Foreign Policy
BY GEORGE B. LAMBRAKIS


Reflections

Sage Counsel, Fondly Remembered
BY FLETCHER M. BURTON