The Foreign Service Journal - September 2014 - page 42

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SEPTEMBER 2014
|
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
When Washington quashed a local
outreach effort in Kandahar, one FSO
decided to throw a spotlight on a broader
public affairs problem.
BY JONATHAN ADDL ETON
A REFLECTION
OnBravery
A career Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Jonathan Addleton is the
recipient of AFSA’s 2014 Herter Award for constructive dissent. He is cur-
rently regional USAIDmission director for the Central Asian Republics,
based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He previously served as U.S. ambassador
to Mongolia; senior civilian representative for southern Afghanistan in
Kandahar; development counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European
Union in Brussels, Belgium; acting USAID deputy assistant adminis-
trator for legislative and public affairs inWashington, D.C.; mission
director in Pakistan and Cambodia; and a program officer in Jordan,
South Africa and Yemen. Prior to joining the Foreign Service inMarch
1984, he worked briefly at the World Bank, the
Macon Telegraph
and
the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
D
issent is never easy.
Respectful of the
chain of command, I
ordinarily accept decisions made
by those above me and then
move on. However, there are
occasions when this approach is
tested to the limit—and beyond.
Once in my 30-year Foreign Ser-
vice career, that resulted in a dissent cable.
FOCUS
AFSA HONORS DISSENT AND PERFORMANCE
Courtesy Jonathan Addleton
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