Media and Press Releases


AFSA engages in vigorous outreach to the media, always with the intent of telling the story of the Foreign Service to the public at home and abroad. To that end, we have developed long-standing relationships with the journalists who cover diplomacy and federal worker issues.

On this page, you will find links to the most recent stories concerning those issues affecting AFSA's membership and the Foreign Service community at large. You will also find AFSA's press releases, which reach hundreds of media outlets and create awareness of what AFSA advocates for on behalf of its members.

Director of Communications Kristen Fernekes handles all media issues at AFSA. For press inquiries or requests for comment/quotes, please contact her at or (202) 944-5516.

Most Recent Press Releases

October 23, 2014

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

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.

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September 15, 2014

Business Organizations Join AFSA to Bring Attention to Damage Done by Ambassador Backlog

Washington, D.C. - The Business Council for International Understanding, the International Stability Operations Association, and the United States Council for International Business have joined the American Foreign Service Association in a letter to the leaders of the United States Senate to express their deep concern with the backlog of ambassadorial nominees.

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August 1, 2014

Senate's Failure to Confirm Ambassadors Damages U.S. Interests

Washington, D.C. - The American Foreign Service Association regrets the inaction of the United States Senate to confirm 34 career nominees for ambassadorial posts before going on August recess. AFSA has expressed the need for the confirmation of all qualified nominees, especially our career men and women, so that American foreign policy may be carried out by the President’s personal representatives abroad.

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July 11, 2014

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

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.

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May 22, 2014

AFSA Supports Full Funding of the International Affairs Budget

Washington, D.C. – The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the professional association and labor union of the United States Foreign Service, expresses full support for the Administration’s proposed International Affairs Budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

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May 21, 2014

AFSA Celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the United States Foreign Service

Washington, D.C. – On May 22, the American Foreign Service Association will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Foreign Service at a special dinner in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the Department of State. Secretary of State John F. Kerry will give opening remarks at the celebration, which will be open to press. Andrea Mitchell of NBC News and MSNBC will be the mistress of ceremonies for the evening.

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April 22, 2014

Safety and Security Training a Priority for U.S. Diplomats

Washington, D.C. – The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) is encouraged by the April 17 announcement by U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) that Fort Pickett, a Virginia Army National Guard installation near Blackstone, will be the site of a new training center for U.S. diplomatic personnel assigned to high-threat posts around the world. The new facility will be known as the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC).

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April 4, 2014

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

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.

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March 5, 2014

AFSA’s Governing Board Seeks Release of Documents on Ambassadorial Nominees

Washington, D.C. - The Governing Board of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) met on March 5 to discuss the issue of qualifications of ambassadorial nominees. This follows the Feb. 25 release of AFSA’s new Guidelines for Successful Performance as a Chief of Mission (

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February 14, 2014

AFSA Supports A Uniform Set of Qualifications for Ambassador Nominees

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.

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