The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 56

AFSA Holds First
Post Rep Webinar
On April 29, AFSA hosted its first
webinar with AFSA post representa-
tives from around the world. Presi-
dent Robert J. Silverman joined State
Vice President Matthew Asada to
provide an overview of labor-manage-
ment relations, post representative
responsibilities, and current AFSA
labor management and congressional
priorities. A lively discussion followed.
AFSA Bestows the 2014 Kennan StrategicWriting Award
At a June 6 ceremony on the
campus of the National War
College at Fort McNair, AFSA
President Robert Silverman
and Commandant Brigadier
General Tom Cosentino
announced this year’s win-
ner of the George F. Kennan
Strategic Writing Award.
AFSA has long sponsored
this award, which recognizes
the best paper written by a
State Department employee
at the War College.
This year’s winner is
Foreign Service Officer Mark
Libby, who was nominated
for this honor for his essay,
“Hedging, Cooperation and
Prestige: British and French
Nuclear Deterrence (How
We Can Stop Worrying &
Learn to Love These Bombs),”
written as part of a course
focused on European and
transatlantic security issues.
Libby, who lived and
studied in France, has always
been intrigued by French
nuclear policy. This class at
the National War College, he
said, gave him the perfect
opportunity to finally explore
that interest in depth. “More
recently, having worked with
European security issues, I
found my inter-
est in France
and French
nuclear policy
rekindled,” he
A political
officer, Libby’s
overseas assign-
ments have
included tours in
Warsaw, Nassau,
Nicosia and,
most recently,
Baghdad, where he served
as political counselor. He
has also had temporary duty
assignments in Minsk, Riga
and Basrah.
His Washington, D.C.,
assignments have included
tours as a watchstander in
the State Department Opera-
tions Center, line officer on
the Secretariat Staff under
Secretary of State Colin
Powell, deputy director in the
Office of Central European
Affairs, deputy director and
Libby, who lived and
studied in France,
has always been
intrigued by French
nuclear policy.
crisis management coordina-
tor in the Operations Center,
and director of the Secretar-
iat Staff under Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In July, he will begin his
next assignment as director
of orientation at the State
Department’s Foreign Ser-
vice Institute.
Mr. Libby has a bachelor’s
degree from Tufts University
and a Certificat d’Etudes
Politiques from the Insti-
tut des Etudes Politiques
(“Sciences-Po”) in Paris. He
is fluent in Polish and French,
and has a working knowledge
of Russian, Turkish and Ger-
The winner of the Kennan
Award receives a certificate
and a prize of $250, which is
intended for the purchase of
scholarly books. To learn more
about the award, please go to
—Evan Bulman, Awards
and Outreach Intern
FSO Mark Libby, center, receiving the 2014 George
F. Kennan Strategic Writing Award. At left is AFSA
President Robert J. Silverman; Commandant
Brigadier General Tom Cosentino is at right.
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