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52
MARCH 2013
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
2012 AFSA ANNUAL REPORT
AFSA NEWS
Communications,
Marketing and Outreach
BY ÁSGE I R S IGFÚSSON, MARKET ING AND
OUTREACH DI RECTOR ; TOM SWI TZER , DI RECTOR
OF COMMUNICAT IONS ; DONNA AYERST,
AFSA
NEWS
EDI TOR ; AND PERR I GREEN, COORDINATOR ,
SPECI AL AWARDS AND OUTREACH
AFSA Events
AFSA continued to ofer a wide variety of speakers, panel
discussions and other events, covering both professional
issues and bread-and-butter topics. There were 18 major
events throughout the year, attracting close to 2,000
attendees—mostly AFSA members—as well as students,
journalists, think-tank members, academics and the public at
large.
Our Book Notes series featured three selections this past
year:
China Hand
by John Paton Davies Jr.;
The Dissent Papers
by Hannah Gurman; and
America’s Other Army
by Nicholas
Kralev. This series is designed to bring attention to books of
interest to the Foreign
Service community.
We started a new
series in 2012, focusing
on federal benefts. The
frst two events focused
on Medicare and federal
health benefts; the third
event took place last
month and featured a
discussion on the Thrift
Savings Plan program.
Our ongoing series
of topical panel
discussions featured
programs focusing on
the European Union and
the euro, the experiences
of third-culture children,
the frst anniversary of
the Arab Spring and the
25th anniversary of the
Intermediate-Range
Nuclear Forces Treaty.
We were pleased to
ofer conversations with
two major Washington
players: Deputy Secre-
tary of State Thomas
Nides and Representa-
tive Chris Van Hollen,
D-Md. (left). Their
perspectives on foreign
afairs, the budget and
the Foreign Service were
much appreciated.
Our annual events—
the memorial plaque cer-
emony on Foreign Afairs Day, the AFSA awards ceremony and
the Adair Lecture at American University featuring Ambassa-
dor Chas. Freeman—all had excellent attendance.
We are particularly proud of two special events: the Octo-
ber celebration of the relaunch of
The Foreign Service Journal
,
and our special screening of the flm “Argo” in December.
AFSA will continue to ofer events of interest and signifcance
to our members and the Foreign Service community at large.
We hope to be able to ofer more programs looking at impor-
tant events in the history of the Foreign Service, as well as
informational programs on basic issues of importance to our
Communications, Marketing and Outreach Staf (left to right):
AFSA News
Editor Donna Ayerst, Marketing and Outreach Director Ásgeir Sigfússon,
Coordinator for Special Awards and Outreach Perri Green, Director of
Communications Tom Switzer and Charlie. (Not pictured: Web and Graphics
Assistant Jef Lau.)
Vanity Fair
National Editor Todd Purdum
reads passages from
China Hand
to a Book
Notes audience.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., explains his
take on foreign afairs and budget issues to a
mostly Foreign Service crowd at AFSA.