The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2017
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he Executive Abroad is an

interactive map showcasing

the history of international travel by

presidents and Secretaries of State.

Produced by the Digital Scholar-

ship Lab at the University of Rich-

mond, which focuses on research

and development of innovative digital

humanities projects, the map is part

of DSL’s project, American Panorama:

An Atlas of United States History.

Users can search by the name of

a president or Secretary of State to

find out where in the world they have

visited, and how often visits to that

city or country have taken place. By

clicking on the various highlighted

cities, users can see the meetings

that took place during each visit.

“Executive travel represents an

important form of soft power, and

this map projects its growth during

what’s been called the American

Century,” the authors of the website


—Andrea Philbin, Editorial Intern




we get for this small 1 percent of the

federal budget is unmatched. When the

State Department and USAID have the

resources they need to create stable and

growing markets for American goods, it’s

truly an American jobs program.”

Signatories include a number of

Fortune 500 companies—Walmart,

Coca-Cola, Nike, Land O’Lakes, Cargill,

Loews, UPS, Kellogg, DuPont, Microsoft,

Mars, General Electric, the U.S. Chamber

of Commerce, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble

and Marriott—alongside dozens of local

chambers of commerce and businesses

from all sectors and regions.

—Gemma Dvorak, Associate Editor

Colin Powell Speaks Out

on the 2018 Budget

I n a May 24 op-ed for The New York Times , former Secretary of State an


former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of

Staff Colin Powell spoke out in opposition

to the Trump administration’s 2018 bud-

get proposal to reduce State Department

and foreign assistance spending.

The proposed budget would be “inter-

nationally irresponsible, distressing our

friends, encouraging our enemies and

undermining our own economic and

national security interests,” Powell said.

Powell spoke fromhis experience as

Secretary, rebuilding the department

after a decade of budget cuts that had

left it unable to function effectively, and

his experience in the military working

alongside diplomats and aid workers to

strengthen America abroad.

While agreeing that it is necessary to

review, reform and strengthen the State

Department and USAID, the former Sec-

retary of State said that gutting the foreign

affairs budget would, in effect, lower our

flag at outposts around the world and

make us less safe: Confronting the chal-

lenges of the modern world needs more

than just a military that is second to none,

but also well-resourced, effective and

empowered diplomats and aid workers.

If Americans want to keep the reputa-

tion the country has built over the years

as a beacon of hope to the world, Powell

argues, then the conversation has to begin

by acknowledging that it can’t be done on

the cheap.

—Gemma Dvorak, Associate Editor

Justice Delayed,

Justice Denied?


ive years ago,

in the May 2012 Journal

(“The Power of Video”), we reported

on the international campaign to capture

Joseph Kony, one of Africa’s most brutal

warlords. Since its 1987 founding, Kony’s

Lord’s Resistance Army has forcibly

recruited approximately 100,000 children

to serve as soldiers or sex workers, killed or

maimed hundreds of thousands of people

throughout Central Africa, and displaced

at least twomillion others.

We noted that Invisible Children, Inc.,

a nonprofit founded to raise awareness of

If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it… Today,

the economy and social aspects are linked to the environmental

aspects, but they are also linked to the security aspects, they are linked

to the risks of conflict. …If you leave a void to others to occupy, you

might be creating a problem to your own internal security.

—U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, responding to a

question on climate change after

a speech at New York University, May 30.

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