THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof.
English: “I only understand the train
Die Katze im Sack kaufen.
English: “To buy a cat in a sack.”
Att glida in på en räk-
English: “To slide in on a shrimp
Avaler des couleuvres.
English: “To swallow grass snakes.
English: “Go pick mushrooms.”
Se regarder en chiens de
English: “To look at each other like
Quem não tem cão
caça com gato.
English: “He who doesn’t have a dog
hunts with a cat.”
Empurrar com a bar-
English: “To push something with
Doce maca na vratanca.
English: “The cat will come to the
Lets voor een appel en een
English: “Buying something for an
apple and an egg.”
See p. 18 for the answers.
The decision we are going to take today is not only on Iran’s nuclear
program; it is much, much more than this. It is a decision that
can open the way to a new chapter in international relations and
show that diplomacy, coordination and cooperation can overcome
decades of tensions and confrontations. I think this is a sign of hope
for the entire world, and we all know that this is very much needed
in these times.
—Federica Mogherini, European Union foreign policy chief, speaking at a news conference
on July 14 following the historic signing of a deal with Iran limiting Iranian nuclear activity.
assessments that synthesize actionable
■ Increase efforts to understand the
composition, reactions and influences of
large foreign audiences via social media.
The report also recommends a culture
change throughout the department and
American embassies so that S&T profi-
ciency is considered equal in importance
to language fluency and area expertise.
To purchase a copy of the report
or read it free online, go towww.bit.
—Brittany DeLong, Assistant Editor
More than 100 Former
Applaud Iran Deal
s the controversy over the Iran
agreement heated up in mid-July,more than 100 former U.S. ambassadors signed a letter to President Barack Obama applauding what they characterized as a “landmark agreement” and urging its sup-
port by Congress.
Signatories include such Foreign Ser-
vice luminaries as former Under Secretary
of State Nicholas Burns, Ambassador to
Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer, Ambas-
sador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and
Syria Ryan Crocker, Ambassador to India,
Egypt, the Philippines and Zambia and
Under Secretary of Defense for Inter-
national Security Affairs Frank Wisner
and Under Secretary of State for Political
Affairs and Ambassador to Israel, Russia,
India and the United NationsThomas
Drafted byThe Iran Project,
states in part:
“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action with Iran stands as a landmark
agreement in deterring the proliferation
of nuclear weapons. If properly imple-
mented, this comprehensive and rigor-
ously negotiated agreement can be an
effective instrument in arresting Iran’s
nuclear program and preventing the
spread of nuclear weapons in the volatile
and vitally important region of the Middle
“As former American diplomats, we
have devoted much of our lives to ensur-
ing that the president had available the
best possible diplomatic approaches to
dealing with challenges to our nation’s
security, even while recognizing that a
strong military is essential to help the
president and the Congress to carry out
their duties to protect the nation and its
“We recognize that the JCPOA is not
Fun with Idioms
Test your language skills on this sampling of idioms. Can you interpret the real
meaning of these literal translations?