Press Releases

AFSA Marks Third Anniversary of Benghazi Attacks

September 11, 2015, Washington, D.C. – On the third anniversary of the attacks on our diplomatic facility on Benghazi, Libya, the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) honors the memory of our four fallen colleagues: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean P. Smith, and security officers Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Read More...

New AFSA Board Takes Office

July 15, 2015, Washington, D.C. – The American Foreign Service Association welcomes new leadership as the professional association and union’s 29-person Governing Board begins its two-year term today. Incoming President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson comes to AFSA from her position as Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute. Read More...

AFSA Calls for Strong Support for Foreign Service Personnel Working to Fight Ebola in West Africa

October 23, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The men and women of America's Foreign Service are on the front line of the fight against Ebola in West Africa, alongside members of the U.S. military and American citizens representing non-governmental organizations, international aid groups and religious assistance groups. Their efforts are crucial to containing the disease in the region. Read More...

Ambassadorial Nominees Must Be Confirmed in the Interest of U.S. Foreign Relations

July 11, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The American Foreign Service Association urges the immediate confirmation of all qualified nominees for U.S. ambassadorships currently languishing in the Senate. The continued absence of a confirmed United States Ambassador in over 50 countries around the world damages America's bilateral relationships and undermines U.S. foreign policy efforts. Read More...

AFSA Works with White House and State Department to Increase Transparency of Ambassador Nominations

April 4, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) has come to an agreement with the Administration that both parties believe will increase transparency in the ambassadorial nomination process. Moving forward, the "certificates of demonstrated competence," a document produced for each ambassadorial nominee to comply with the Foreign Service Act of 1980, will be published on the State Department's web site when a nominee is announced. Read More...

AFSA Supports A Uniform Set of Qualifications for Ambassador Nominees

February 14, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) is closely monitoring the recent Senate confirmation hearings of President Obama's nominees to be U.S. ambassador. The topic of the qualifications of ambassadorial nominees is of great interest to AFSA's membership. All Americans have a vested interest in ensuring that we have the most effective leaders and managers of U.S. embassies and missions advancing U.S. interests around the globe. Read More...