The Foreign Service Reading List and Other Helpful Resources

Reading Lists

AFSA, in cooperation with the Department of State, has compiled lists of recommended reading for foreign affairs professionals. We encourage members and others in the Foreign Service community to click on the links below and peruse the lists. Remember, if you click through to Amazon.com from these pages, AFSA receives a small donation at no extra cost to you!

In addition to the above resources, we also recommend checking out our list of Foreign Service-related blogs.

AFSA Bookstore

"In Their Own Write"

AFSA also features books by Foreign Service and FS-affiliated authors each year in a special issue of The Foreign Service Journal. All these books are available in the AFSA bookstore (see links above). The "In Their Own Write" sections from each recent year are listed here.

Talking Points

Each issue of The Foreign Service Journal contains the Talking Points section, which highlight websites featuring evergreen topics related to foreign affairs. The most recent editions are listed below. 

Top Resources from the Overseas Briefing Center

These links are for informational purposes only and in no way constitute an endorsement, expressed or implied, by AFSA or the Department of State. Links to websites outside the U.S. federal government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names are for the convenience of the user and do not constitute an official endorsement or approval of any private sector website, product, service, or privacy policy.