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JUNE 2016



AFSA Participates in Santa FeWorld Affairs


AFSA was pleased to partici-

pate in this spring’s Santa Fe

World Affairs Forum sympo-

sium titled, “Crisis in Migra-

tion; a NewWorld of Walls?”

which took place April 18-19

at St. John’s College.

SFWAF is a member

organization co-founded

by retired Foreign Service

Officer Patricia Kushlis and,

since 2003, has served as a

place for New Mexicans to

broaden and deepen their

understanding of world


This year’s SFWAF sympo-

sium called attention to the

recent unprecedented flows

of people who have had to

abandon their homes due to

civil conflict, not only in Syria

but from Iraq, Afghanistan

and Sudan to Somalia, El

Salvador and Honduras.

The event hall was packed

to capacity, with more than

100 university and college

students, civic, business and

government leaders, former

Fulbright scholars, ex-Peace

Corps volunteers, Los Ala-

mos scientists and Foreign

Service retirees.

Participants received a

global overview of refugee

flows throughout history,

did a deep dive on U.S. and

European Union policies sur-

rounding the current crisis

in Syria, explored factors

contributing to Latin Ameri-

can migration, dabbled in

the implications of climate

change on displacement and

discussed the practical and

ethical implications of such

events for local communities

like Santa Fe.

The symposium featured

an impressive lineup of

speakers, including Distin-

guished Senior Fellow and

President Emeritus of the

Migration Policy Institute and

President of MPI Europe Dr.

Demetrios Papademetriou,

retired Ambassadors Joseph

Wilson and Vicki Huddleston

(an AFSA member), the

International Organization on

Migration’s Costa Rica-based

Regional Liaison and Policy

Officer Salvador Gutierrez

and Mayor of Santa Fe Javier


AFSA Director of

Professional Policy

Issues Maria Liv-

ingston attended

and made copies

of the April issue


The Foreign

Service Journal

on humanitarian


able to participants.

“This event was excep-

tionally well planned and

executed,” said AFSA Presi-

dent Ambassador Barbara

Stephenson. “Pat and the

entire SFWAF team are doing

tremendous work to educate

the community about the

importance of diplomacy

and development in helping

to solve some of the world’s

most looming crises.”

Discussion resulted in

collective agreement on the

importance of investing in

diplomatic solutions to help

address the many chal-

lenges associated with forced


Pat Kushlis is a retired

Symposium attendees enjoy a moment with

SFWAF President Pat Kushlis (right).


public diplomacy officer who

served in Europe, Asia and

at U.S. Information Agency

Headquarters. In retirement,

she co-writes the foreign

affairs blog WhirledView

and chairs SFWAF, whose

volunteer board collaborated

with several N.M.-based

retired FSOs and others in

the community to make the

symposium possible. Visit

for more


AFSA is proud to sup-

port Foreign Service retir-

ees who are working to

increase awareness and

understanding of the many

ways diplomacy and develop-

ment protect and promote

America’s people, interests

and values.

Please let us know about

your events at member@ or feel free to add

your activities to the “events”

tab in the online forum AFSA



—Maria C. Livingston,

Director of Professional

Policy Issues

U.S.Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

speaks on her years as chief of the

U.S. Interest Section in Havana, Cuba.


St. John’s College provided a setting conducive to discussions about

migration and diplomacy.