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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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SEPTEMBER 2013
17
Editor’s Introduction
BY STEVEN ALAN HONL EY
T
he Foreign Service Journal
has regu-
larly spotlighted the American For-
eign Service Association’s extensive,
multifaceted awards program ever
since its establishment. But this issue
marks the first time we have devoted
an entire issue to that worthy cause,
with special emphasis on AFSA’s four
annual awards for constructive dis-
sent by Foreign Service personnel.
Each June AFSA confers awards for constructive dissent,
exemplary performance and other distinctions in a ceremony
co-sponsored by the director general of the Foreign Service.
The Secretary of State or Deputy Secretary has frequently
attended the ceremony, as well, which is held in the Benjamin
Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room at the Department of
State. You’ll find extensive coverage of this year’s ceremony,
which took place on June 27, as well as detailed profiles of all
this year’s award winners in our
AFSA News
section, begin-
ning on p. 63.
FOCUS
AFSA’S AWARDS PROGRAM
Steven Alan Honley was a Foreign Service ofcer from 1985 to 1997,
serving in Mexico City, Wellington and Washington, D.C. He has been
editor of
Te Foreign Service Journal
since 2001.
CELEBRATING
CONSTRUCTIVE DISSENT
ANDOUTSTANDING
PERFORMANCE
Ambassadors George W. Landau, left, and Thomas Boyatt.