The Foreign Service Journal - April 2014 - page 56

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APRIL 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
Earlier this year, AFSA
formalized a new partner-
chapter under the national
U.N. Association umbrella.
The partnership calls for col-
laboration on programs and
events, as well as any other
project that members of both
organizations might find of
interest.
The first joint UNA-NCA/
AFSA event took place at
AFSA headquarters on Feb.
19. The discussion, titled,
“The United Nations Human
Rights Council in 2014:
What’s New, What’s Old and
What to Expect in the Year
AFSA Partners with United Nations Association of the
National Capital Area
BY JULIAN STEINER, AFSA STAFF
Ahead,” offered insights into
ongoing human rights crises
around the globe, and the
important role that the U.N.
Human Rights Council might
play in tempering and allevi-
ating them.
Moderated by UNA-NCA
President Ambassador
Venerable
FSJ
Editor-in-Chief Steve Honley Steps Down
Donald T. Bliss, the panel
comprised Wesley Reisser,
the human rights officer
for the State Department’s
International Organization
Affairs Bureau, and A. Edward
Elmendorf, a former human
rights officer at the U.S. Mis-
sion to the United Nations
who is also a past UNA-NCA
president.
The panel discussed how
effective the United Nations
Human Rights Council was—
and can be—in addressing
human rights violations.
The forum also focused
on the council’s activities and
challenges in the upcoming
year. A wide-ranging Q&A
discussion on some pressing
issues and their implica-
tions for U.S. foreign policy
followed.
The event kicked-off
AFSA’s partnership with the
UNA-NCA and paved the way
for further collaboration. You
may view the event online at
.
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AFSA Vice President
Matthew Asada
introduces the
speakers during a
panel discussion on
the United Nations
Human Rights Council
on Feb. 19. Also shown
are panel members
State’s Wesley
Reisser (left) and
UNA-NCA President
Amb. Donald T. Bliss.
(Above, from left)
FSJ
Editorial
Board Chair Jim DeHart, incoming
FSJ
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Dorman,
Steve Honley,
FSJ
Managing Editor
Susan Maitra, Executive Director
Ian Houston, Advertising Manager
Ed Miltenberger and AFSA President
Bob Silverman.
What can you say about a guy who never
missed a comma, always knew which note
to play and practiced the art of diplomacy in
every
FSJ
Editorial Board meeting? In Janu-
ary, after more than 12 years at the helm,
Steven Alan Honley stepped down from his
role as editor-in-chief of
The Foreign Service
Journal.
On Feb. 18, a special “Steve Celebration”
took place at the Editorial Board meeting,
with AFSA staff joining the party. Steve was
honored with a plaque, a brilliant caricature
and a faux front cover of the
Journal
.
Never at a loss for words, Steve enter-
tained the gathering with a few of his memo-
ries of life at AFSA. AFSA President Bob Sil-
verman, Executive Director Ian Houston and
Editorial Board Chair Jim DeHart all praised
Steve’s outstanding performance as editor.
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