THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
ambassadors. That means Foreign Service officers, not wealthy
puff bags who have no foreign policy experience or just repre-
sent foreign lobbies.
Stephen P. Dawkins
Key West, Florida
Foreign Assistance Represents
the Best of America
Development through foreign assistance is an imperative of
United States foreign policy. We showcase our values through
this strategic outreach to the global community. Through our
assistance, we demonstrate our kindness, generosity, goodwill
and desire for all people to reach their highest potential. Foreign
assistance represents the best of America. It promotes our vision
of the world at its best—one with peace, equality and prosperity.
One that benefits us all.
Andrea P. Capellán
U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Your Eyes and Ears Around
The men and women of the Foreign Service will be your eyes
and ears for the next four years, carrying out and explaining your
foreign policy. They will also collect and analyze local reactions
to it, both at the official level and in the streets.
Sometimes you will not like what they report back to Wash-
ington, but I hope you and your appointees will not reject their
findings out of hand—or, worse, shoot the messengers. You may
decide for any number of reasons to disregard their advice and
stay the course, but at least you will know the risks of proceed-
Steven Alan Honley
Set an Example of Respect for
USAID’s workforce includes Americans of all races, religions,
ethnic backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations, as well
as immigrants who have chosen service to this country as their
path in life. Our employees are the face of our country and our
most valuable resource. We must ensure that all are treated
equally with respect and dignity, both at home and abroad
inside and outside the workplace.
USAID employees have sacrificed their lives in service to this
country, and we continue to place ourselves in harm’s way in
defense of our values of freedom, equality and basic rights for all
peoples. Furthermore, more than 10,000 USAID employees are
nationals of the countries in which we work, and put their lives
on the line every day on behalf of the U.S. government. USAID
literally would not function without the brave participation and
unparalleled dedication, contributions and expertise of our
Foreign Service National employees.
Foreign assistance is a crucial pillar of the U.S. government’s
strategy to promote national security, economic stability and
goodwill overseas. A vital component of this is USAID’s prin-
cipled stance to advance women’s rights; rights for marginalized
ethnic, religious and racial groups; and LGBTI rights overseas.
Where active civil society and human rights form the core of a
country’s foundation, peaceful societies thrive.
We must continue setting an example of respect for such
values at home to maintain our credibility overseas and suc-
ceed in our mission of ending extreme poverty and promoting
resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and
Choose Professional Diplomats
America is seen and judged by countries around the world
through its ambassadorial appointments. There is a cadre of
experienced, language-proficient professionals in our foreign
affairs community ready to fill those jobs. To send unqualified
political appointees to represent us abroad is, in many cases, not
only disrespectful to our own system and the serious process of
conducting diplomacy; it is insulting to the receiving country, as
I would hope your administration will look carefully at
historical precedent and strive to use fewer, not more, political
appointees to fill ambassadorships abroad and senior foreign
affairs positions at home.
Senior Foreign Service, retired