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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JUNE 2016

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The group also has a unique mandate

to assess the Afghan reconstruction effort

and make recommendations based on a

“whole of government” approach.

—Gemma Dvorak, Associate Editor

State’s Diplomacy

Lab Picks a Winner

O

n April 1, the State Department held

its first live Diplomacy Lab com-

petition, in which undergraduate and

graduate students presented proposed

solutions to major world issues.

Millicent Smith, a graduate student

studying journalism at the University of

Tennessee, won with a proposal for a “He

for She for Delhi” campaign to combat

gender-based violence and reform the

police force in New Delhi, India.

Arguing that women’s empowerment

is critical for democracy, Smith explained

the urgent need to rebuild trust between

police and the general public through

third parties.

Her campaign included training

special gender-based violence police

officers, conducting community outreach

to young men in gender-based violence

hotspots, showing young men what sex-

ism is like for women through a “day in

the life” smartphone app, and holding

branded events and social media cam-

paigns featuring well-known actors.

Out of dozens of submissions, four

students were chosen to present their

projects to a panel of judges in the

department’s Burns Auditorium. Mean-

while, groups of students from other

universities participated in a “diplomacy

fair” in the Marshall Center.

This year’s judges included Deputy

National Security Advisor to Vice Presi-

dent Joseph Biden Ely Ratner, Assistant

Secretary for African Affairs Linda

Thomas-Greenfield and Principal Deputy

Assistant Secretary for European and

Eurasian Affairs John Heffern.

Because of the high level of inter-

est and participation this year, State

announced that the Diplomacy Lab

program will be held annually for the

foreseeable future.

For a full list of spring 2016 projects,

see

http://diplomacylab.org/projects.

—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Assistant

The Most Dangerous

Cities for Expats

I n March, The Telegraph published the findings of Mercer’s global Quality of Living survey. Now in its 18th year, the survey ranks countries according to a

number of factors including personal

safety.

Each of the 230 cities surveyed is

rated on internal stability, crime levels,

performance of local law enforcement

and the home country’s relationship with

other countries. The survey is conducted

annually to help employers to compen-

sate employees fairly when posting them

internationally.

Of course, it is not just “danger pay”

that increases the cost to employers when

sending their employees to less safe des-

tinations; it is the overall cost of keeping

those employees safe overseas. Slagin

Parakatil fromMercer said: “Other ele-

ments that add to safety costs in the host

location are obtaining suitable and well

secured accommodation; having an in-

house comprehensive expatriate security

program, providing access to reputable

professional evacuation services and

medical support firms.”

Luxemburg was ranked as the safest

city, followed by Bern, Helsinki and

Zurich, which were tied at second place.

Among the lowest-ranking cities for

personal safety were Damascus, Karachi,

Nairobi and, in last place, Baghdad.

Gemma Dvorak, Associate Editor

Asheville School

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Carlsbad International School

www.carlsbadschool.cz

The Fountain Valley School

of Colorado

www.fvs.edu

Salem Academy

www.salemacademy.com

Saint Andrew’s School

http://www.saintandrews.net/page

Stanford Online High School

https://ohs.stanford.edu/

Texas Tech University

Independent School

www.ttuisd.ttu.edu

American Foreign Service

Association/Scholarship

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AFSPA–Travel

Afspa.org

Clements Worldwide

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Embassy Risk Management

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The Hirshorn Company

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McGrath Real Estate Services

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Peake Management, Inc.

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Promax

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WJD Management

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