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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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SEPTEMBER 2013
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September 2013
Volume 90, No. 9
FOREIGN
SERVICE
AFSA NEWS
AFSA Holds 46th Annual Awards
Ceremony / 63
VP Voice State: The DRI/Diplomacy
3.0 Generation / 64
VP Voice USAID:
More than a Job / 65
VP Voice FCS: Fighting the
Good Fight / 66
VP Voice FAS: A New Term and
New Opportunities / 66
VP Voice Retiree: Engaging Retirees
and Protecting Benefts / 67
Divorce in the Foreign Service / 67
2013-2015 AFSA Governing Board
Takes Ofce / 68
New Tradition Begins for
Lifetime Award Recipients / 72
Ted Lyng’s Persistence Wins
Broad Government Support / 74
Speak Up, Dissent and Argue:
It’s What James T. Rider Did / 75
Mikkela Thompson Redefnes
the Word “Service” / 76
Leah Evans’Website Brings a
Community Together / 77
Jessica McVay Keeps Evacuees
Informed and Spirits High / 78
Elizabeth Jenkins Faces
the Challenges of Caracas
Head-On / 79
Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens
Strategic Writing Award / 81
Call for Volunteers /82
COLUMNS
President’s Views / 7
Our Civil Service Colleagues
BY ROBERT J . S I LVERMAN
DEPARTMENTS
Letters / 8
Talking Points / 12
Books / 84
In Memory / 86
Local Lens / 98
MARKETPLACE
Classifeds / 92
Real Estate / 95
Index to Advertisers / 96
On the cover: Top—The 2013 winners of AFSA’s lifetime achievement, constructive dissent and exemplary perfor-
mance awards in the Benjamin Franklin Diiplomatic Reception Room of the State Department on June 27. From the
left: Ambassador George W. Landau, Jessica McVay, Elizabeth Jenkins, Leah Evans, Theodore Lyng, Brian Beckman
(accepting the award on behalf of James T. Rider) and Mikkela Thompson. Photo: Donna Ayerst.
Center band—Keith Mines, a 2003 dissent award winner, walks with Admiral James G. Stavridis in Afghanistan
in 2012. Photo courtesy of Keith Mines.
FOCUS
THE AFSA AWARDS PROGRAM
Celebrating Constructive Dissent
and Outstanding Performance / 17
Editor’s Introduction.
AFSA’s Dissent Awards:
Honoring the Best Among Us / 20
AFSA’s four constructive dissent awards constitute
a program unique within the federal government.
BY JOHN W. L I MBERT
George W. Landau: Latin America Expert
and Human Rights Advocate / 24
The latest recipient of AFSA’s Lifetime Contributions to
American Diplomacy Award shares stories and insights from
his long career in the Foreign Service and international afairs.
BY STEVEN ALAN HONL EY
Engaging Muslim Leaders to
Promote People-to-People Ties / 36
Efective outreach must engage individuals representing a wide variety of
viewpoints, not just those already sympathetic to our values and policies.
BY THEODORE LYNG
What Makes Someone an American Citizen? / 38
The idea that American customs and values should be a factor in determining
who becomes a U.S. citizen may soon become a thing of the past.
BY JAMES R I DER AND SHANE MYERS
AFSA Constructive Dissent Award Winners:
Where Are They Now? / 44
Eight Foreign Service members honored for dissent over the past 20 years
talk about the impact of their dissent, and AFSA’s recognition of it,
on U.S. policy and their careers.
BY SHAWN DORMAN
FEATURE
The Case for a Professional Foreign Service / 56
The long-term deterioration in the role of the Foreign Service that is already under
way should be the subject of a public discussion that has not yet taken place.
BY THOMAS BOYATT, SUSAN JOHNSON , RONALD NEUMANN AND
THOMAS P I CKER I NG