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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JUNE 2015

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AFSA NEWS

Road Scholars Visit Washington, D.C.

In mid-April, 41 Road Scholars

visitedWashington, D.C., to

learn about the work of the

Foreign Service. Hailing from

all parts of the United States,

Road Scholar participants are

typically retired professionals

who are active in their com-

munities.

This trip’s theme was “The

Geopolitics of Nation States

and Sovereignty.” Participants

spent five days attending

lectures delivered by active

and retired members of the

Foreign Service at the Savoy

Suites Hotel. These lectures

covered a variety of issues in

international relations, includ-

ing the role and structure

of the Foreign Service; the

Israeli-Palestinian conflict;

Cuba; the rise of China; the

future of Afghanistan; and the

battle for Crimea.

They also visited the Italian

Embassy inWashington, D.C.,

where they heard a lecture

on U.S.-Italian relations and

the future of the Transat-

lantic Trade and Investment

Partnership negotiations. In

addition, they visited DACOR

Bacon House and the Foreign

Service Institute, where they

were briefed on consular and

language issues.

AFSA has been in part-

nership with Road Scholar,

a nonprofit travel company

that facilitates educational

trips around the world, since

1996. Participants choose

AFSA programs from among

a number of other offerings

in the broader Road Scholar

catalog, which reaches nearly

a million recipients. The Road

Scholar program is a vital part

of AFSA’s outreach efforts,

with more than 11,000 people

having participated over the

last 20 years.

There will be additional

programs in May, June,

September, October and

November inWashington,

D.C., and Chautauqua, New

York. Trip themes include the

United States, China and Asia;

U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st

Century; and the Middle East,

Southeast Asia and Global

Terrorism.

AFSA encourages retired

Foreign Service members

who would like to share their

knowledge and experience to

volunteer as speakers for the

Road Scholar program. Volun-

teers or those with ques-

tions should contact AFSA’s

Communications and Press

Specialist Allan Saunders at

saunders@afsa.org.

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—Shannon Mizzi,

Editorial Intern

AFSA Road Scholars visit the Embassy of Italy to the United States.

COURTESYOF IOLANDAFERRARO,EMBASSYOF ITALY

The U.S. Foreign Service and the American Foreign Service Association were born

together in 1924. In this first-ever book about the association’s more than 90-year

history, author Harry Kopp chronicles the evolution of the Foreign Service and the

events that shaped AFSA into what it is today—the professional association and

labor union of the United States Foreign Service.

Published by AFSA’s imprint, Foreign Service Books,

The Voice of the Foreign Ser-

vice

takes readers through the early history of diplomacy, from Benjamin Franklin to

the Rogers Act of 1924 and the Foreign Service Acts of 1946 and 1980, following the

evolution of the Foreign Service and the association through the 20th century and

into the 21st.

The book will be available in July through AFSA and all major book retailers.

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NEWS BRIEF

THE VO I CE OF THE FORE I GN SERV I CE :

A H I STORY OF THE AMER I CAN FORE I GN SERV I CE ASSOC I AT I ON

COMI NG I N JULY