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AFSA NEWS

CALENDAR

THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

AFSA Hosts Town Hall Meetings with

2015-2017 Governing Board Candidates

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JUNE 2015

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June 2

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Luncheon: Incoming

USAID Class

June 3

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

June 4

8 a.m.

AFSA Election Voting Deadline

June 4

AFSA Election Ballot Tally

June 7-12

AFSA Road Scholar Program

Chautauqua, N.Y.

June 9

4-6 p.m.

AFSA Awards Ceremony

June 10

12:45-1:45 p.m.

Luncheon: 182nd A-100 Class

and 7th CA-LN Class

June 11

AFSA Book Notes:

American Ambassadors

June 26

AFSA Closes at 11 a.m. for

Annual Staff Picnic

July 1

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

July 3

Independence Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

July 15

New AFSA Governing Board

Takes Office

August 5

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

August 26

9th Annual Adair Lecture

at American University

The AFSA Election Committee

sponsored a series of town

hall meetings on the 2015-

2017 elections. These were

held on March 25 at USAID,

March 30 at the Foreign Ser-

vice Institute, April 7 at State

and April 8 at AFSA headquar-

ters.

Each meeting opened with

comments frommoderator

Robert Farrand, chair of the

Election Committee. Presi-

dential candidates then made

two-minute statements.

AFSA/BRITTANYDELONG

Candidates running for

AFSA president are: Ambas-

sador Barbara Stephenson,

leading the Strong Diplomacy

slate; current AFSA State Vice

President MatthewAsada,

leading the Future Forward

AFSA slate; and current

Governing Board member

Tex Harris, who is running

independently.

Candidates for other

Governing Board positions in

attendance then made state-

ments before the floor was

opened to questions from the

audience.

For coverage of the 2015

AFSAGoverning Board elec-

tion and videos of all town hall

meetings go to

www.afsa.org/

elections.

The voting deadline is June

4 at 8 a.m. EST. Votes will be

tallied on June 4 and the new

AFSAGoverning Board will

take office on July 15.

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—Brittany DeLong,

Assistant Editor

AFSA presidential candidates speak at the Loy Henderson Auditorium at the State Department on April 7. From

left: Election Committee Chair Robert Farrand, Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, AFSA State Vice President

Matthew Asada and AFSA Governing Board member Tex Harris.

AFSA Welcomes QDDR Release

On April 28, the State

Department released the

2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review titled “Enduring Leadership in a Dynamic World.”

A four-year blueprint

for State and U.S. Agency

for International Develop-

ment activities, the report is

intended to make operations

more efficient, accountable

and effective in addressing

today’s global challenges.

The

first QDDR

was

issued in 2010, under then-

Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton. Secretary of State

John Kerry launched the

process for the second

report when he appointed

former Virginia congress-

man Tom Perriello as special

representative for the QDDR

in February 2014.

The special representa-

tive’s task was not simple. In

his remarks announcing the

QDDR’s release, Sec.Kerry

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