The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 14

Let’s Get This
Party Started!
eginning this month
and continuing
throughout the year, AFSA
The Foreign Service
will be celebrat-
ing two anniversaries. In
May 1924, President Calvin
Coolidge signed the Rogers
Act into law, combining the
United States diplomatic
and consular services to
create the U.S. Foreign Service. And in
October 1924, the American Foreign Ser-
vice Association was formed, and promptly
published the premier issue of the
Tomark the 90th anniversary of both
institutions, AFSA is organizing a yearlong
series of events and activities. These are
being designed to deepen public under-
standing of diplomacy, development and
foreign affairs; bring the Foreign Service
community together to celebrate the many
accomplishments of the men and women
who serve, and have served, at U.S. foreign
affairs agencies over the past nine decades;
and encourage diversity in the Foreign Ser-
vice to show the true face of America in all
the countries where our officers, specialists
and family members live and serve.
The festivities begin with a kickoff
reception for the Foreign Service and
AFSA’s friends onThursday, Jan. 16. Next
will come an AFSA panel discussion and
advocacy day to engage key stakeholders
on Capitol Hill in February, a special issue
The Foreign Service Journal
inMay, and
publication this fall of the first book to
recount AFSA’s history as a professional
association and labor union.
Also in the works for our anniversary
year are a speaker series, a policy confer-
ence and special editions of our annual
awards and high school essay contests.
And since any 90th birthday deserves
joyful celebration, we’ll be
hosting a gala event at the
State Department inMay.
Watch for information
about these and other 90th-
anniversary activities in
upcoming issues of the
, or visit
Questions? Please feel free
to contact AFSA Executive
Director Ian Houston at
(202) 944-5505 or houston@
We look forward to celebrating with
—Kristen Fernekes, AFSA Director of
A Crystal Ball for 2014
he Center for Strategic and Interna-
year’s events and an attempt to pinpoint
hot issues that have potential to unfold in
the upcoming year.
Part of CSIS’s mission statement is to
understand long-term trends and their
implications, which this annual analysis
accomplishes by featuring a wide array of
information and viewpoints. The publica-
tion evaluates domestic policy, interna-
tional policy and, most importantly, the
United States’ struggle to define its role as
a global power.
This year’s forecast is divided into four
sections, each addressing an overarch-
ing theme. The first, “Getting Our House
in Order,” uses America’s recent political
paralysis as the basis for a warning that
its credibility and legitimacy are at risk.
“Changing Order in the Middle East,” the
second section, has a self-explanatory
title. It makes the case that the world
needs to stop ignoring the region’s inter-
nal dynamics if it wishes to gain a better
understanding of the troubles there.
“Sustaining the Rebalance” focuses
primarily on Asia and the economic lever-
age the continent’s powerful countries
have on the United States. “Nontraditional
Security Approaches” concludes the
roundup by evaluating regional security,
the importance of non-state actors and
the role of technology as an inevitable
tenet of change.
The 2014 Global Forecast features a
wide array of interesting perspectives on
almost any issue imaginable.
—Valerie Sanders, Editorial Intern
Policing Interpol
hose of us who enjoy spy stories and
police procedurals are accustomed to
organization. Though the organization’s
roots date back a full century to the 1914
International Criminal Police Congress,
held in Monaco, it took its current name
in 1956.
Interpol’s 190 member countries,
including the United States, are famous for
cooperating to track and capture all sorts
of criminals, no matter where they may
flee to escape justice. But as Kathy Lally
reports in the
Interpol has been used by Russia, Belarus,
Turkey, Iran and Venezuela, among other
countries, to persecute political oppo-
The case of Pyotr Silaev, a 28-year-
old Russian who took part in a July 2010
protest in Moscow against the destruc-
tion of a suburban forest, illustrates how
Interpol can be wrongly used, says Robert
Jackman, a Fair Trials spokesman. When
police began arresting the demonstrators
, Silaev fled to
Finland, which accepted him as a political
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