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Toward A Stronger



t is fitting to open the NewYear

with a reference to our member-

ship. As a general musters his force

before he contemplates an action, so

the Foreign Service Association must

know its strength if it is to be active

and productive.

The Association cannot progress if

large numbers of potential members

stand aside. Every added member

means added strength—financially,

of course—but most importantly in

terms of brains and energy. It is a

sad fact that many who take pride

in their profes-

sion do not vote

in the elec-

tions of their


Association and

do not partici-

pate in efforts

to strengthen

professional skills, improve work-

ing conditions, assist our children

and protect our widows and retired


—Excerpted from the Editorial,

Foreign Service Journal


January 1967.

50 Years Ago

agenda for President-elect Trump, which

lists priorities for policy on the alliance.

The AC reminds the president that, in his

first national security speech as the Repub-

lican nominee, he pledged to convene a

NATO summit. The council recommends

that he use that summit to reaffirm the U.S.

commitment to defend Europe.

Earlier, the Council released a “foun- dational” proposal to reform the National Security Council.The seven-point proposa


is based on extensive analysis and inter-

views withmore than 60 senior foreign

policy, defense and intelligence leaders

who share a bipartisan concern that struc-

tural and personnel failures in the critical

National Security Council system are an

important factor in the strategic confusion

and poor execution that have led to serious

mistakes in foreign and defense policy

during the past two decades.

The Carnegie Corporation



National Interest commissioned a multi- part symposium to attempt to answer

questions regarding the future of U.S.-Rus-

sia relations under the new administration.

This series of essays frompolicymakers,

think tanks and academics offers analysis

and possible steps the new administration

can take to achieve détente.

The Stimson Center has compiled the 2017 Presidential Inbox series, featuring

contributions from experts analyzing the

major challenges Pres. Trump will face in

his first 100 days in office. Among the top

challenges are improving the U.S.-China

relationship, combatting returning for-

eign terrorists and a strategy for transat-

lantic trade. The nonpartisan series aims

to “break the artificial boundaries that

inhibit smart policymaking and promote

division,” such as the divide between

Republicans and Democrats.


American Enterprise Institute’s

Derek Scissors hopes

that Pres. Trump

will usher in a new era of bilateral rela-

tions with China as an economic partner

and recommends that the United States

start by reforming its domestic economic

policy for a stronger long-term relation-

ship with China.

The Heritage Foundation has pub- lished the Mandate for Leadership series,

offering conservative policy recom-

mendations to the new administration.

Part 1 addresses the 2017 Congressional

Budget. Part 2 offers a policy agenda to

achieve long-term goals, such as balanc-

ing the budget and welfare reform, and

Part 3 details priorities for the incoming

president and steps to achieve them.

The German Marshall Fund collected recommendations for the new adminis-

tration from its policy experts in various

European countries.

The Asia Foundation released a report, “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance,” out-

lining 10 top foreign policy recommenda-

tions in Asia for the Trump administra-

tion. These include maintaining a strong

presence in the Asia Pacific, rethinking

strategy on Korea and ratifying TPP.

On its

“Transition 2016” page

, the

Council on Foreign Relations


11 major foreign policy issues, from

China and Cuba to the Islamic State and

trade, bringing together Donald Trump’s

stated views and CFR backgrounders on

each issue.

Also available are podcasts called

“The President’s Inbox” on defense and

building an administration, videos on

climate change and how to stop the

Islamic State, and the latest CFR analysis

on various topics.


Foreign Policy Research Insti-

tute released “8 Foreign Policy Questions Trump Needs to Ask” to formulate his

policy and shape conversations with

foreign leaders. The questions lead with:

“Why has the best-funded and most

professional military in U.S. history been

unable to translate tactical victories into

strategic success in Afghanistan?”


—Katherine Perroots, Editorial Intern