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MAY 2015



AFSA Scholarship

Arlington Court Suites

Clements Worldwide

Embassy Risk Management

The Hirshorn Company

Inside A U.S. Embassy

McGrath Real Estate Services

Peake Management, Inc.

PROMAX Management Inc.

WJD Management

Do we need hard power in Afghanistan? Absolutely, unfortunately.

But the long game is diplomacy and development. You need both

those things. When you bring hard and soft power together, you create smart

power. That’s what I would advocate. To try and do defense without diplo-

macy and development, I’ll simply repeat the quote that Senator [Lindsey]

Graham gave us earlier, as my good friend [retired Marine Corps General]

JimMattis will tell you: If you scrimp on the development and the diplomacy,

you’re going to end up buying more ammunition. And as Secretary [Robert]

Gates, who was interagency before interagency was cool, would tell you,

we cannot kill our way to victory in these situations. We need hard

power, but we need these tools, development and diplomacy, as well.

—Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), Supreme Allied Commander at NATO,

2009-2013, and Co-Chair, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition National Security Advisory

Council, testifying at t

he March 26 hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.

Contemporary Quote

Faulkner, and artists and intellectuals

like him, were tasked with demonstrating

to foreign populations that there was a

depth and vibrancy to the United States

that was not represented in Soviet pro-

paganda, which often accused American

democracy of promoting shallow mate-

rialism and mindless consumption, and

suppressing creativity.

Though Faulkner was an engaging

figure, he was also, by all accounts, a dif-

ficult charge for the FSOs who fielded his

trips. A notoriously heavy drinker, he was

occasionally unable to attend events on

his itinerary.

To deal with the problem, FSO Leon

Picon created a handbook, “Guidelines

for Handling Mr. Faulkner on His Trips

Abroad,” that proved so helpful that it

was disseminated to all posts before

Faulkner’s arrival. Among the point-

ers were “Put someone in charge of his

liquor at all times so he doesn’t drink too

quickly” and “Do not allow him to ven-

ture out on his own without an escort.”

With help from the guidelines,

Faulkner is remembered as one of the

most successful and beloved public dip-

lomats of the Cold War era.

—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Intern

What On Earth Is Going

On in the Maldives?


n March, the first democratically

elected president of the Maldives and

an international figure in the fight against

climate change, Mohamed Nasheed, was

arrested, tried and sentenced to 13 years

in prison. The case has raised interna-

tional concern and caused turmoil in this

tiny Muslim-majority, strategic archipel-

ago in the Indian Ocean that is a popular

ecotourism destination for wealthy


Nasheed’s March 13 sentencing fol-

lowed a trial conducted hastily and based

on what appear to be trumped-up terror-

ism charges, according to reports in The New York Times and other major media.

“Nasheed’s trial is of Alice-in-Wonderland

proportions,” former president of Timor

l’Este and Nobel Peace Prize winner