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AFSA NEWS

CALENDAR

THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

AFSA Launches New Award to Recognize

the Advancement of Democracy

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MARCH 2015

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March 1-5

AFSA Road Scholar Program

March 4

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

March 6

5 p.m. (EST)

Deadline: AFSA Financial Aid

Scholarship Applications

March 15

11:59 p.m. (EST)

Deadline: AFSA National

High School Essay Contest

March 20

11:59 p.m. (EST)

Deadline: Mark Palmer Award

for the Advancement of

Democracy

April 1

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

April 12-16

AFSA Road Scholar Program

May 1

Foreign Affairs Day

and the AFSA Memorial

Plaque Ceremony

May 6

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

May 17-21

AFSA Road Scholar Program

May 25

Memorial Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

The American Foreign Service

Association is pleased to

announce the creation of the

Mark Palmer Award for the

Advancement of Democracy.

Proposed by Ambassador

Palmer’s family to honor the

late FSO’s character and spirit,

the award will be bestowed

for the first time at the AFSA

Awards Ceremony on June

9 in the Benjamin Franklin

Diplomatic Reception Room at

the Department of State.

Ambassador Mark Palmer

was passionately committed

to democracy promotion. He

served as deputy assistant

secretary of State for the

Soviet Union and Eastern

Europe and was one of the

State Department’s top

Soviet experts. He was the

U.S. ambassador to Hungary

from 1986 to 1990, during

that country’s transition from

communism to democracy.

Amb. Palmer served as

a speechwriter for three

presidents and six Secretar-

ies of State, and was the chief

author of President Ronald

Reagan’s historic 1982 West-

minster speech to members

of the British Parliament

that predicted the eventual

downfall of communism. He

organized the 1985 Geneva

summit between Pres. Rea-

gan and Soviet leader Mikhail

Gorbachev, a diplomatic

breakthrough that led to a

thawing of relations with the

Soviet Union.

He also served in New

Delhi, Moscow and the former

Yugoslavia during his 26-year

career.

Following his Foreign

Service career, Amb. Palmer

was a member of the Ameri-

can Academy of Diplomacy

and the Committee on the

Present Danger, vice chair-

man of Freedom House and

a member of the board of the

Johns Hopkins School for

Advanced International Stud-

ies. He was also co-founder of

the National Endowment for

Democracy and the Council

for a Community of Democra-

cies. He died on Jan. 28, 2013,

at the age of 71.

The Palmer Award is open

to Foreign Service members

from any of the foreign affairs

agencies, serving domesti-

cally or overseas, especially

early to mid-career rank, who

promoted American policies

focused on democracy, free-

dom and governance through

bold, exemplary, imaginative

and effective efforts during

one or more assignments.

The award offers a $2,500

prize and a travel stipend to

attend the ceremony.

We invite you to nominate

a colleague or yourself for

this new award by March 20.

Details can be found at www.

afsa.org/performance. For

more information, contact

Perri Green, AFSA’s coordina-

tor for special awards and

outreach, at

green@afsa.org

or (202) 719-9700.

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VOTE FOR THE NEW AFSA GOVERN I NG BOARD !

Please visit the AFSA website at

www.afsa.org/elections

to learn more about the cur-

rent AFSA Governing Board elections and to find the list of candidates.

All members in good standing as of March 16 are eligible to participate in the elec-

tions. Ballots will be mailed to retiree members on or about April 15 and will provide the

option of voting online. Active-duty members will be sent an email to vote online with the

option of receiving a printed ballot upon request.

If you do not receive either a printed ballot or an email to vote online by April 30,

please contact

election@afsa.org

.

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NEWS BRIEF

COURTESYOFTHEPALMERFAMILY

Ambassador Mark Palmer in Berlin,

1992.