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JULY-AUGUST 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

D

espite many excellent people and

successes, American diplomacy is

facing serious problems. American Diplomacy at Risk , the latest report

from the American Academy of

Diplomacy, goes beyond cataloging

problems to offer numerous specific,

actionable recommendations.

The problems it addresses were

initially surfaced in a Washington Post opinion piece published on April 11, 2013, which I joined former AFSA President Susan

Johnson and retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in writ-

ing. The op-ed drew strong support and some strong criticism,

particularly charges that it was elitist and anti-Civil Service.

Those criticisms were wrong then and they are wrong now, as a

close reading of our report will show. (The full text is available at

www.academyofdiplomacy.org

.)

Ronald E. Neumann, a retired Senior Foreign Service

officer who served as ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain

and Afghanistan, is president of the American Academy

of Diplomacy.

FOCUS

ON DIPLOMACY: THE PROFESSION

AMERICAN DIPLOMACY AT RISK

A Report from the

American Academy

of Diplomacy

The Foreign Service is being

deliberately undermined, a new

AAD report warns. The Academy

offers 23 recommendations to reverse

the threat to American diplomacy.

BY RONALD E . NEUMANN