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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017

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NOTES TO THE NEW ADMINISTRATION

Notes to the

NEW

ADMINISTRATI N

Following the U.S. presidential election and

by way of welcoming the new administration,

The Foreign Service Journal

invited Foreign Ser-

vice members to share their suggestions for how

diplomacy and development practitioners can

best serve and advance America’s foreign policy

interests during the coming months and years.

In a Nov. 10 AFSAnet, we asked for concise

answers to this question: “What is the one thing

you want the new administration to know about

the role—or potential role—of the Foreign Ser-

vice?”

Here are the suggestions from the U.S. Foreign

Service for what the Trump team should know

and do.

–The Editors

We Are

Your

Foreign Service

The Foreign Service is your presence overseas. We implement

your foreign policy. We sell your foreign priorities. We build and

maintain foreign networks to help achieve your objectives and

represent you to nearly 200 countries.

So please integrate us into the decision-making ranks.

Reduce the number of politically appointed ambassadors—we

are thousands of trained, seasoned, top-notch diplomats ready

to carry out your vision. We speak every official language in the

world. We have worked in every country with which the United

States has diplomatic ties. Reduce the number of special envoys,

special advisers and special representatives—and instead

recognize that we are capable, trustworthy and good stewards of

taxpayer money.

We would not expect nearly 40 percent of military leadership

to be politically appointed; and neither should nearly 40 percent

of America’s diplomatic leadership be politically appointed.

In short, let us be the powerful force for peace that we were

designed to be, and make great use of us. Don’t marginalize us.

We are, after all,

your

Foreign Service.

Sandrine Goffard

FSO

Springfield, Virginia

Please End Political Corruption

You have a golden opportunity to fulfill your campaign pledge

to put a stop to corruption, cronyism and “business as usual” in

Washington: End the disgraceful practice of rewarding per-

sonal friends and donors with ambassadorships. Democratic

and Republican presidents have been equally guilty in recent