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APRIL 2017



AFSA Kicks Off Discussion

Series on Professional Issues

As part of the effort to

engage more substantively

on professional issues affect-

ing our members, AFSA

inaugurated a new discussion

series in February.

The first discussion—

“Why Is Dissent Impor-

tant?”—was hosted by AFSA

Awards Committee Chair

Annie Pforzheimer and

former Ambassador Charles

Rivkin (pictured below) on

Feb. 17. The event focused on

the importance of disci-

plined, constructive dissent

in the Foreign Service.

Three more discussions

took place through early

March, all hosted by State

Department representatives

on the AFSA Governing Board.

On Feb. 23, Alison Storsve

led a conversation on the

basics of tradecraft. Jason

Donovan hosted a session on

Feb. 27 on how and why the

work of the Foreign Service

matters to our fellow citizens.

Finally, Don Jacobson facili-

tated a Mar. 3 exchange on

how to navigate change.

All the sessions were well

attended, and the first three

can be viewed on the AFSA

website at


We welcome ideas on

possible topics to cover in

future sessions; please share

your suggestions by emailing


—Ásgeir Sigfússon,

Director of Communications