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M A R C H 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
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and congressional ineffectiveness.”
The Supreme Court is discussed in
connection with issues of domestic
surveillance and conditions for de-
tainees being held (and possibly tried)
at Guantanamo. Case studies in the
section on lobbyists include the em-
bargo on Cuba, the enlargement of
NATO to include Poland, trade agree-
ments and many other issues.
Think-tanks are credited for their
contributions to the policy process,
but are also described frankly as “hold-
ing pens for those who would serve at
the most senior levels of government.”
And the media chapter discusses
Washington-based correspondents,
foreign correspondents and war cor-
respondents, and delves into the issues
created by the “embedding” of jour-
nalists in military units.
Those of us at State should pay par-
ticular heed to the book’s call for
“changing the mission and necessarily
the culture of the State Department
so that FSOs view their role as prob-
lem-solvers as much as negotiators.”
As a parting shot, the final chapter
offers what the editors call the man-
darin algorithm of power: J = FTEs +
$. In other words, legal jurisdiction
over a function or task [J] = the num-
ber of full-time equivalent employees
+ money.
Always a good equation to keep in
mind!
Leon Weintraub, a Foreign Service of-
ficer from 1975 to 2004, served in
South America, Africa, the Middle
East, Europe and Washington, D.C.
He is currently director of the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin’s Washington Semes-
ter in International Affairs program.
B
O O K S
Even those Foreign
Service personnel who
frequently interact
with other agencies
will learn a great deal
in this volume.