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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017

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ership lessons learned through handling tragic crises overseas. She advises that

leadership is “not about you”; that the

best strategies result from asking the best

questions; and that you must take care of

your people and yourself, and persevere.

In “Time to Sharpen a Vital Diplo- matic Tool,” development expert Thom

as

Adams takes a serious look at how to

improve the effectiveness of U.S. foreign

assistance. He argues for rebuilding

USAID’s capacity and consolidating

development functions there, while more

closely integrating foreign assistance and

foreign policy.

We went out to the members of the

Foreign Service to ask for brief notes

on what they want the Trump admin-

istration to know about the role of the

Foreign Service. We received 38 thought-

ful responses and share them all in this

issue.

Several themes come through loud

and clear: Know that we are the

profes-

sional

Foreign Service,

your

Foreign Ser-

vice, serving the United States all over the

world. We are the face of America abroad,

a bridge to the world. We understand

the local situations at our posts and offer

honest reporting that you need in order

to formulate policy.

Last, but not least, you have an oppor-

tunity to turn away from the practice,

unique to the United States, of reward-

ing campaign donors and bundlers with

ambassadorships, and turn to the career

Foreign Service for the expertise needed

for these positions.

In this month’s

Speaking Out

, Ambas-

sador Edward Peck expands on that

particular message, laying out the case

against “pay to play” ambassadors and in

favor of career diplomats for those critical

posts.

This issue also features the dry but

essential

annual AFSA Tax Guide,

spell-

ing out what you need to know as a tax-

payer in the Foreign Service. In addition,

you’ll find an engaging pitch for devel-

oping

better “followership” at USAID

from retired FSO José Garzón; and, in a

Reflections piece that will surely resonate

with many, writer and FS spouse Donna

Gorman offers a glimpse of the chal- lenges of coming “home.”

This double issue will be followed

in March with a look at “Diplomatic

Security at 100,” and in April we ponder

the future of Europe and the transatlantic

alliance.

Please keep writing for the

Journal

in mind. Share your reactions to articles

in Letters, ideas for how things could

be done better in Speaking Out, stories

in Reflections, as well as feature articles

on the policy and practice of diplomacy

based on research or your experience.

This is

your

magazine.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

The Diplomacy Brief

BY SHAWN DORMAN

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Shawn Dorman is the editor of

The Foreign Service Journal.

Will the Trump team realize that diplomacy is

managed and foreign policy implemented by

professional public servants?

y all indications, many in the

incoming administration will

be new to public service. Will

they realize that diplomacy

is managed and foreign policy imple-

mented by professional public servants,

members of the Foreign Service who

have sworn an oath to the U.S. Consti-

tution?

Hopefully, yes. And, hopefully, they

will turn to the professionals staffing the

foreign affairs agencies and U.S. embas-

sies and consulates around the world and

welcome their input, value their experi-

ence, and utilize their deep knowledge

and understanding.

To help orient the newcomers, we

have reached out to the Foreign Service

community for this month’s special focus

on

“Notes to the New Administration.”

AFSA President Ambassador Barbara

Stephenson opens by introducing herself,

the association and the Foreign Service

to the new Secretary of State, in “Dear S: You Can Count on Us.” In “Mr. President, You Have Partners at State to Help Navigate the World’s Shoals,” Foreign Service Officer Keith

Mines calls on the new president to have

a conversation with the American people

about America’s place in the world, reaf-

firm the leadership role that the United

States plays globally

and reassure allies of

that commitment.

Ambassador (ret.)

Prudence Bushnell

shares

valuable lead

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