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JUNE 2016


June 2016

Volume 93, No. 5




AFSAMemorial Plaque Honors Fallen Colleagues / 51 VP Voice State – Ignorance of the Law Is Not an Excuse / 52 VP Voice FCS – Countering Corruption / 53 New Financial Aid Scholarship Established / 53 VP Voice Retiree – TheWashington Conceit / 54 AFSA Governing Board Change / 54 Governing Board Meeting Minutes / 55 Foreign Service Day Reception / 55 AFSA Participates in Santa Fe World Affairs Forum / 57 AFSAWins MSI Dispute / 58 Thank You, Wisconsin! / 58 Careers in International Relations for Women / 59 AFSAWelcomes New Staff / 60 2016 Summer Interns Arrive / 60 AFSA Sponsors Intern at State / 61


President’s Views /7 Regaining the Moral High Ground BY BARBARA STEPHENSON Letter from the Editor / 8 A Heightened Focus on Corruption BY SHAWN DORMAN Speaking Out /17 Supporting FS Families with Special Needs Children BYMAUREEN M. DANZOTAND MARK R. EVANS


Letters / 9 Talking Points / 12 Books / 101 Local Lens /110


Classifieds / 103 Real Estate / 106 Index to Advertisers / 109

On the Cover:

A Sept. 30, 2015, Unite

Against Corruption march in Pretoria,

South Africa. Similar marches in Cape

Town and Grahamstown took place the

same day. Photo courtesy of Sonke

Gender Justice.


Corruption: A 21st-Century Security Challenge / 20 BY SARAH SEWAL L A U.S. Policy Priority: Combating Corruption / 24 BY WI L L I AM R . BROWNF I E LD Countering Corruption Regionally: The “EUR” Initiative / 28 BY GEORGE KENT The FCPA and the Rule of Law Abroad / 32 BY THOMAS F I RESTONE Foreign Policy and the Complexities of Corruption: The Case of South Vietnam / 35 BY STEPHEN RANDOLPH


Diplomatic History Lessons: A Model of Government Transparency / 38 With the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the State Department Office of the Historian provides policymakers and the public a thorough record of American foreign policy. BY TRACY WH I TT I NGTON A Foreign Service Menagerie / 42 Animals can play an important part in a diplomatic career, for better or for worse. BY ANTHONY C . E . QUA I NTON Mental Health Support for Foreign Service Children: Parents Weigh In / 46 FS children are just as at risk for mental health problems as the average American child, perhaps even more vulnerable.


The College Application Game: Do’s and Don’ts / 62 BY CLA I RE WEDDER I EN Schools at a Glance / 76, 78, 80 Applying to Boarding School: Lessons Learned / 82 BY JOHN F. KROTZER All Girls, All Boys, All Good— The Benefits of Single-Sex Education / 92 BY MARYBETH HUNTER