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April 2015


the foreign Service journal


Shawn Dorman:

Managing Editor

Susan Brady Maitra:

Associate Editor

Debra Blome:

Editorial/Publications Specialist

Brittany DeLong:

Ad & Circulation Manager

Ed Miltenberger:

Art Director

Caryn Suko Smith

Editorial Intern

Shannon Mizzi

Advertising Intern

William Read

Contributing Editor

Steven Alan Honley

Editorial Board

Jim DeHart, Chairman

Hon. Gordon S. Brown

Stephen W. Buck

Ruth M. Hall

Richard McKee

Beth Payne

John G. Rendeiro Jr.

Duncan Walker

Tracy Whittington

Chuck Fee (AFSA Governing Board liaison)

The Magazine for Foreign Affairs


The Foreign Service Journal

(ISSN 0146-3543), 2101 E

Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037-2990 is pub-

lished monthly, with combined January-February and

July-August issues, by the American Foreign Service

Association (AFSA), a private, nonprofit organization.

Material appearing herein represents the opinions of the

writers and does not necessarily represent the views of



, the Editorial Board or AFSA. Writer queries

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Governing Board


Robert J. Silverman:


Angela Dickey:


Hon. Charles A. Ford:

State Vice President

Matthew K. Asada:

USAID Vice President

Sharon Wayne:

FCS Vice President

Steve Morrison:

FAS Vice President

David Mergen:

Retiree Vice President

Lawrence Cohen: lawrencecohenassociates@

State Representatives

Ronnie Catipon

Todd Crawford

Chuck Fee

Neeru Lal

Ken Kero-Mentz

Ronita Macklin

Elise Mellinger

Homeyra Mokhtarzada

Nancy Rios-Brooks

Daniel Spokojny

USAID Representatives

Jeri Dible

Jeffrey Cochrane

FCS Representative

William Kutson

FAS Representative

Mark Petry

BBG Representative

Andre de Nesnera

APHIS Representative

Mark C. Prescott

Retiree Representatives

Marshall Adair

Hon. David Greenlee

F. Allen “Tex” Harris

Hon. Edward Marks


Executive Director

Ian Houston:

Executive Assistant

Patrick Bradley:

Business Department

Director of Finance

Femi Oshobukola:


Kalpna Srimal:

Assistant Controller

Cory Nishi:

Labor Management

General Counsel

Sharon Papp:

Deputy General Counsel

Zlatana Badrich:

Labor Management Specialist

James Yorke:

Senior Staff Attorney

Neera Parikh:

Staff Attorney

Raeka Safai:

Staff Attorney

Andrew Large:

Labor Management Counselor

Colleen Fallon-Lenaghan:

Labor Management Assistant

Jason Snyder:

Executive Assistant

Lindsey Botts:

USAID Senior Labor Management Adviser

Douglas Broome:

USAID Staff Assistant

Chioma Dike:

Member Services

Member Services Director

Janet Hedrick:

Membership Representative

Natalie Cheung:

Retiree Counselor

Todd Thurwachter:

Coordinator, Retiree Counseling

and Legislation

Matthew Sumrak:

Administrative Assistant and Office Manager

Ana Lopez:


Director of Communications

Kristen Fernekes:

Director of New Media

Ásgeir Sigfússon:

Publications Manager

Shawn Dorman:

Online Communications Specialist

Jeff Lau:

Special Awards and Outreach Coordinator

Perri Green:

Communications and Press Specialist

Allan Saunders:


Advocacy Director

Javier Cuebas:

Senior Legislative Assistant

David Murimi:

Professional Issues and Policy Adviser

Janice Weiner:


Scholarship Director

Lori Dec:

Scholarship Senior Associate

Jonathan Crawford: