The Foreign Service Journal - May 2014 - page 59

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
|
MAY 2014
59
AFSA NEWS
International Studies: AFSAMeets Academia
This year, for the first time,
AFSA set up shop as an
exhibitor at the International
Studies Association con-
vention, the largest annual
gathering of international
relations academics in the
world.
Created to promote
research and education in
international affairs, ISA is
the premier organization
for connecting scholars and
practitioners in the fields of
international studies. Some
6,000 members attended
the annual convention.
The majority of the
80-some exhibitors at the
four-day conference, held
March 26–29 in Toronto,
were academic and commer-
cial publishers selling books
and networking. A number
of related organizations also
had booths at ISA, including
Gallup, Council on Foreign
Relations and Statecraft
Simulation.
AFSA and ADST
Our neighbor was the
State Department recruit-
ment office, represented
by the New York region’s
Diplomat-in-Residence Patri-
cia Guy, D.C.-based recruiter
and retired FSO Ramona
Harper, and Michael Wolfe,
the student program and fel-
lowship division chief.
AFSA shared a booth with
the Association of Diplo-
matic Studies and Training,
although ADST did not send
any staff to Toronto. Retired
FSO and member of the
AFSA Professionalism and
Ethics Committee Robert
Dry and AFSA Publications
Manager and
FSJ
Editor
Shawn Dorman were there to
represent AFSA and ADST.
AFSA’s reps spoke with
several hundred conference
participants, introducing
them to AFSA and ADST pro-
grams and sharing copies of
The Foreign Service Journal,
AFSA’s
Inside a U.S. Embassy
book and information about
ADST—especially its oral
history program (which hap-
pened to be the focus of the
March
Journal
).
Building Bridges
The AFSA and ADST
materials seemed a perfect
fit for this audience. A few
professors and Ph.D. candi-
dates practically cried with
enthusiasm about the trea-
sure trove of primary source
material that is
the ADST oral
history collec-
tion—1,800
first-person
accounts
of events in
diplomatic
history that are
searchable and
available at no
cost.
Some two
dozen profes-
sors took copies of the book
for possible course adoption.
Several attendees who
teach at military institutions
The AFSA and ADST
materials seemed a
perfect fit for this
audience.
were pleased to learn about
Inside a U.S. Embassy
, and
one from the Air Force said it
was exactly what they needed
for an upcoming course.
The book went over well
with academics teaching
in the U.S., as well as those
teaching in other countries.
Dry and Dorman met with
representatives from the
Diplomatic Studies Section
of ISA and with many others
interested in building bridges
between academia and diplo-
matic practice.
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–Shawn Dorman,
FSJ
Editor
A Foreign Service candidate chats with
FSJ
Editor
Shawn Dorman.
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