THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
reated in 2005 as an expat blog,www.expat.com
has grown in to
a community of more than 1.8 million
Present in more than 197 countries
and 500 cities, the website provides
a forum for expats to talk about their
unique lives, find employment in their
new country and deal with the logis-
tics of moving around (e.g., health
insurance, moving companies and
finding housing options).
Signing up is free, and members
can also be “Experts”—a group of vol-
unteers who liven up the forums and
make themselves available to answer
questions about their host country.
Those questions could be anything
from“Where can I find kosher marsh-
mallows in Vietnam?” to “How did you
ship your pet cat to Costa Rica?”The
experts have been there, done that,
got the t-shirt and are willing to share
American expats make up the top
10 largest communities of expats on
the site, closely followed by Austra-
lians and Egyptians.
Expat.com also hosts offline
events in a number of countries,
where expats can meet in person and
engage with each other and the local
The search function allows the
user to find those in or going to his
or her country of interest, and also
to narrow the search by nationality,
interests and age.
Each country page also has links
to bloggers from the area and a
dedicated page of the larger forum for
country-specific questions and tips.
SITE OF THE MONTH:www.expat.com
four members from a list of candidates
compiled by Congress.
They will report to the BBG’s Chief
Executive Officer (currently John F.
Lansing), who will be answerable to the
White House alone, and will have free
rein to hire and fire network heads and set
guidelines for programming.
The CEO will also have statutory
authority to meld all U.S.-government
international media outlets except VOA
into a single, consolidated, private, non-
The new entity’s mission would be to:
(1) counter state-sponsored propaganda;
(2) provide uncensored local and regional
news and analysis; (3) help countries
help themselves in terms of indigenous
news capabilities; and (4) promote unre-
stricted access to uncensored information
sources, especially the internet.
Some experts have sounded the alarm
about the potential dangers of this devel-
opment.Writing on ForeignPolicy.com on Dec. 15, Jeffrey Gedmin, who was president
and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio
Liberty from 2007 to 2011, concedes that
RFE/RL and other outlets have been con-
sistently hamstrung by the BBG’s dysfunc-
tion and poor governance.
But, Gedmin points out: “The BBG