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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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MAY 2013
5
May 2013
Volume 90, No. 5
FOREIGN
SERVICE
FOCUS
DIVERSITYWITHIN THE FOREIGN SERVICE
A Longstanding Commitment / 18
BY STEVEN ALAN HONL EY
Diversity and Cultural Competence:
Mission-Critical Elements of U.S. Foreign Policy / 21
To prioritize diversity, organizations like the State Department must think boldly,
beyond the legacy paradigms of “afrmative action,”“diversity” or “inclusion.”
BY ERNEST J . WI LSON I I I
EW@S: Supporting and Mentoring Female Leaders / 25
Five years after its founding, Executive Women at State has become a strong
advocate of gender parity and diversity.
BY CYNTH I A SABOE
TLG: Expanding Opportunities at State / 28
The Thursday Luncheon Group, State’s oldest employee afnity group, continues
to strengthen the Foreign and Civil Service workplace through its advocacy.
BY STACY D. WI L L I AMS
Pride Every Day / 32
Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Afairs Agencies has largely accomplished its
original mission to combat discrimination. But its work continues.
BY STEVEN G I EGER I CH
Celebrating Our Past, Uplifting Our Future / 36
Publicizing the contributions of African-Americans to diplomacy and development
work can help attract young, diverse talent to careers in international afairs.
BY MORGAN MCCLA I N -MCK I NNEY
How Are FS Women at State Faring? / 39
The importance of State’s mission demands that we ensure talented
female FSOs have the opportunity to reach for, and grab, the brass ring.
BY MARGOT CARR I NGTON
FEATURES
Fidel Castro As Moby Dick:
Dispatches from the Cold War / 46
An FSO traces U.S. policy in the Americas from the 1950s through the 1980s.
BY PAUL D. TAY LOR
AFSA NEWS
Together We Grieve / 53
As we were completing this issue,
we learned of the tragic death of
Anne Smedinghof, a promising
young FSO and AFSA member,
in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan.
VP Voice State: All Overseas
Positions Should Be Language
Designated / 54
VP Voice FCS: Farewell / 55
VP Voice Retiree:
Getting What You Need / 56
AFSA President Addresses
World Afairs Councils / 57
Benefts Series:
Focus on Geriatric Care / 58
FS Books: Something for
Everyone / 59
Active After Active-Duty:
Finding Roots / 60
The Foreign Service Family:
Remembering Carolina / 61
Husbands of Chennai / 62
AFSA Book Notes Presents
a
Master Class
/ 63
COLUMNS
President’s Views / 7
Reviving the Foreign Service
BY SUSAN R . JOHNSON
Speaking Out / 15
It’s Time to Update the
Threshold Review
BY BR I AN T. NEUBERT
Refections / 77
The Ties That Bind
BY L EAH EVANS
DEPARTMENTS
Letters / 8
Talking Points / 11
Books / 67
Local Lens / 78
MARKETPLACE
FSJ
Guide to Extended
Stay Housing / 65, 66
Classifeds / 70
Real Estate / 73
Index to Advertisers / 74
On the cover: A photo of the Diplomatic Class of 1912 (rear) and one of new hire Foreign Service ofcers in
Chennai today. Image composition by Jef Lau. New hire FSOs in Chennai: (From left) First-tour FSO Rachel
O’Hara; second-tour FSO Shiraz Wahaj, a Pakistani American (sitting); second-tour FSO Kris Arvind, an
Indian-American; frst-tour FSO Ben Embury; frst-tour FSO Halima Voyles, a Pakistani-American (sitting);
and frst-tour FSO Daniel Lee, a Korean-American. Photo credit: James Talalay.