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MARCH 2015


March 2015

Volume 92, No. 2




NewAFSAAward to Recognize Advancement of Democracy / 49 State VPVoice: The Foreign Service Labor Market / 50 USAID VPVoice: USAID Launches Pilot Global Entry Program / 51 Retiree VPVoice: Go Ahead—Create a Member Profile / 52 AFSA Supports the U.S. Diplomacy Center / 53 Roundtable Addresses Practitioner- Scholar Divide / 53 AFSA on the Hill: Greeting the New Congress / 54 Update: AFSA Promotes Improved Security at State / 55 2014-2015 Financial Aid Scholarship Recipients / 56 Oregon: ATax Guide Correction / 61 Governing Board Hails and Farewells / 62 Book Notes: Diplomacy in Action / 63 Roundtable Discussion on Diversity / 64


President’s Views / 7 A Doyenne of the Old School BY ROBERT J . S I LVERMAN Letter from the Editor / 8 When There Is No Relationship BY SHAWN DORMAN Speaking Out / 19 A Glass Half Full BY DAVID T. JONES Reflections / 85 Rangoon: AWalk in the Rain BY ARTHUR DYMOND


Letters / 9 Talking Points / 14 In Memory / 65 Books / 74 Local Lens / 86


Classifieds / 77 Real Estate / 80 Index to Advertisers / 84

On the cover:

A view of north Tehran, with the Alborz mountains in the background. Tehran

has been a population center for 7,000 years and Iran’s capital since 1796. It has a popula-

tion of 8.3 million. Photo courtesy of retired FSO Mark Lijek.


The Iran Watcher Program: A Different Kind of Teleworking / 22 Just over a decade old, the Iran Watcher program is an organizational model for remote diplomacy and a benchmark for success. BY J I L L I AN BURNS The Road Back to Tehran: Bugs, Ghosts and Ghostbusters / 27 A veteran FSO and authority on Iran explains what it will take for Washington to “get it right” when U.S. diplomats finally return to Tehran. BY JOHN W. L I MBERT The 1979 Hostage Crisis: Down and Out in Tehran / 33 Foreign Service Political Officer Michael Metrinko spent most of his 14 months as a hostage in solitary confinement. Here is his story. BY M I CHAE L METR I NKO


Mozambique: When Diplomacy Paid Off / 39 In the face of numerous challenges, diplomacy played a vital role in post-independence Mozambique and the Southern Africa region. BY WI L LARD DEPREE


Our Man in Fiume: Fiorello LaGuardia’s Short Diplomatic Career / 44 Before serving in Congress and as a three-time mayor of New York, the colorful Fiorello LaGuardia spent nearly five years in the U.S. Foreign Service. BY LUC I ANO MANG I AF I CO