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JANUARY 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
BOOK NOTES PROGRAM:
Nicholas Kralev Introduces
“America’s Other Army”
On Oct. 22, AFSA’s Book
Notes program presented
author Nicholas Kralev and
his new book,
America’s
Other Army,
self published.
The book tells the stories of
American diplomats the how
their work afects millions of
people in the United States
and around the world.
Kralev’s book was
published shortly after the
Benghazi terrorist attack
and is a timely reminder of
the dangers Foreign Service
employees face while serving
our nation.
Although not a Foreign
Service ofcer himself, Kralev
is well experienced in foreign
afairs matters, both as a
journalist covering the State
Department for the
Financial
Times
and
Washington Times
,
and as an eye witness to the
fnal days of the Cold War in
Bulgaria, his native country.
In the course of writing his
book, he visited many foreign
and American embassies for
his research.
America’s Other Army
provides a vibrant and
accurate description of what
U.S. diplomats must do to
advance American interests
while carrying out its foreign
policy.
Kralev’s book underscores
the idea that for the United
States to be safe and secure,
the whole world must be safe
and secure. “Diplomats work
to meld our myopic present
needs with a more peace-
ful and prosperous future in
an interconnected world,”
believes Kralev.
The book provides readers
with an opportunity to better
understand the demanding
and difcult role members
of the Foreign Service must
face, especially during this
particularly tumultuous
time in the Middle East and
elsewhere.
A lively discussion with
the audience—comprised of
mostly FSOs, both active-
duty and retired—followed.
After much debate, Kralev
asked, “Does anything in
the Foreign Service need to
change?” A resounding “Yes”
chorused throughout the
room.
The event ended the third
year of the popular Book
Notes series, which presents
books of interest to the For-
eign Service community.
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BY EMI LY A . HAWLEY, AFSA STAFF
Author Nicholas Kralev presents
his book, “America’s Other Army,”
which focuses on the work of
Foreign Service employees.