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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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APRIL 2017

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reprints, “From the

FSJ

Archives.”

This brings us to the wonderful news

that the entire archive of

The Foreign Ser-

vice Journal

dating back to 1918 has been

digitized and all the files optimized for

discoverability.

The complete digital archive will be

launched online in late April. Access will

be free and open to all, available through

the AFSA website at

www.afsa.org/fsj-

archives. We encourage everyone to dive

into this treasure trove of primary source

material and wisdom, and share links to

interesting articles you discover.

As we debut this special collection on

U.S. diplomacy, we want to take a moment

to consider the unique space the

Journal

occupies—a space for the voices of the

Foreign Service, for the practitioner’s

perspective.

The

Journal

bylaws spell out the

publication’s mission: to provide “a forum

for the lively debate of issues of interest to

foreign affairs professionals.”The

Journal

welcomes and seeks a wide variety of

opinions and voices, aiming to advance

the discussion of diplomacy, development

and the FS career in the real world. It is a

place to air ideas, to spark and continue

conversations, and a venue for debate.

The

Journal

is both a forum for prac-

titioners to share ideas and also a bridge

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Living History

BY SHAWN DORMAN

I

Shawn Dorman is the editor of

The Foreign Service Journal.

The complete

FSJ

digital archive will be launched

online in late April. We encourage everyone to

dive into this treasure trove of primary source

material and wisdom.

n her

President’s Views column

,

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson has

eloquently introduced our special

focus on the trans-Atlantic relationship.

Drawing from the three distinguished

authors writing from and about Europe—

Ambassador (ret.) John Kornblum,

Lord

Menzies Campbell

and

Giles Merritt—

she

underlines that a primary responsibility

for members of the Foreign Service now,

and always, is to do the hard work of tend-

ing bilateral relationships, to “be caught

listening and trying to understand how

our partners see the world.”

Former Secretary of State George Shultz

emphasized this wisdom in his interview with Ambassador (ret.) James Goodby in

the December 2016

FSJ

with a memorable

gardening analogy: “If you plant a garden

and go away for six months, what have you

got when you come back? Weeds. And any

good gardener knows you have to clear the

weeds out right away. Diplomacy is kind of

like that. You go around and talk to people,

you develop a relationship of trust and

confidence, and then if something comes

up, you have that base to work from. If you

have never seen somebody before and

you are trying to work a delicate, difficult

problem, it is hard.”

The focus on Europe closes with an

article from the March 1967 Journal ,

“The

United States and Europe,” by James

Ramsey. We will con-

tinue to surface per-

spectives from years

past that still, or again,

have relevance, as part

of a series of occasional

to the world outside the Foreign Service,

as colleagues on Capitol Hill, in other

agencies and in universities find food for

thought in the

FSJ

pages.

The views expressed in the articles we

publish do not—and should not—only

represent the views of AFSA. As stated

plainly in the masthead, material appear-

ing in the

Journal

represents the opinions

of the authors and not necessarily anyone

else. (The association’s priorities, activities

and position statements can be found in

the AFSA News section and the President’s

Views column.)

The

Journal

must remain a place for

honest discussion of issues of concern to

today’s Foreign Service.

We are always seeking submissions

for the following departments—Letters,

Speaking Out, FS KnowHow, FS Heri-

tage, as well as Features (on any topic of

relevance to the foreign affairs commu-

nity) and upcoming Focus topics (see the

Editorial Calendar on the AFSA website)

.

In addition, please send your remarkable

photos to Local Lens and feel encouraged

to pitch a book review. All submissions can

be sent to

journal@afsa.org.

Finally, please consider volunteering to

help shepherd this treasured 99-year-old

publication into its next century by volun-

teering to serve on the

FSJ

Editorial Board.

See page 33 for details,

and let us know by

April 10 that you’re interested.

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