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ment issues, family member matters
and other topics, including any bu-
reaucratic mysteries you’d like to see
unraveled in our pages. For more in-
formation about any aspect of
AFSA
News
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ayerst@afsa.org.
Another place to look for such
items is our periodic
FS Know-How
department. We welcome contribu-
tions on topics ranging frommanaging
one’s career and cutting red tape to
parlaying one’s professional skills in re-
tirement, as well as financial informa-
tion and guidance for Foreign Service
personnel.
There are many other ways you can
contribute to our pages, of course.
Please share your reactions, positive
and negative, to any of our content by
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Letters
section. Just bear in mind that, as with
all periodicals, the briefer and more fo-
cused your letter is, the more likely
we’ll be able to print it in full. (In gen-
eral, 200 to 400 words is a good target.)
The
Speaking Out
department is
your forum to advocate policy, regula-
tory or statutory changes to the Foreign
Service. These columns (approxi-
mately 1,500 to 2,000 words long) can
be based on personal experience with
a professional injustice or present your
insights into a foreign affairs-related
issue.
Our
Reflections
department nor-
mally features short commentaries
(approximately 600 words long) based
on personal experiences while living or
traveling overseas. These submissions
should center on insights gained as a
result of interactions with other cul-
tures, rather than being descriptive
“travel pieces.” However, this month
we’re trying something new in that
spot: a crossword puzzle! We are also
pleased to consider poetry and photo-
graphs for publication, either in that
section or as freestanding features.
If you have any questions about the
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2012 EDITORIAL CALENDAR
for the FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
JANUARY 2012
Foreign Service Reflections (article-length, 3-4 pages each)
FEBRUARY 2012 The Euro Turns 10 (and related issues) (+ AFSA Tax Guide)
MARCH 2012
Hunger as a Foreign Policy Issue (+ AFSA Annual Report)
APRIL 2012
FS Family Employment: Best Practices/Success Stories
MAY 2012
Has the Arab Spring Turned to Fall?
JUNE 2012
Foreign Service Nationals/Locally Employed Staff
(+ semiannual SCHOOLS SUPPLEMENT)
JULY-AUGUST 2012 FSI/Professional Education & Training
(PLUS AFSA Awards coverage)
SEPTEMBER 2012 China
OCTOBER 2012
The 3 Ds: Diplomacy, Development, Defense
NOVEMBER 2012
In Their Own Write (roundup of books by FS-affiliated authors)
DECEMBER 2012 Security vs. Openness (fortress embassies, role of DS, etc.)
(+ semiannual SCHOOLS SUPPLEMENT)
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E T T E R F R O M T H E
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D I T O R
We take seriously our
mission to give you
“news you can use.”