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September 4

Labor Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

September 7

12-1:30 p.m.

A Moderated Conversation

with FSO Oni Blair

September 8

7:05 p.m.

The Second Annual

Foreign Service Night

at Nationals Park:

Nationals vs. Phillies

September 10-14


Scholar Program:

“The Middle East:

Conflict and Controversy”

Washington, D.C.

September 11

12-1 p.m.

Public Diplomacy Council:

“9/11 Sixteen Years Later”

September 14

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Book Notes:

Career Diplomacy by

Harry W. Kopp and

John K. Naland

September 20

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

September 20

4:30-6:30 p.m.

AFSA Networking

Happy Hour

October 2

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Public Diplomacy Council:

“How Finland Is Using

Public Diplomacy to

Celebrate Its Centennial”

October 9

Columbus Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

nings as a school teacher in

Dayton, Iowa—population

900—she retired as one of

the most admired members

of the career Foreign Service,

with postings as ambassa-

dor to five countries, service

as Director General of the

Foreign Service, the personal

rank of Career Ambas-

sador and a reputation as

an outstanding mentor to

countless individuals from

entry-level officers to senior


In her remarks, Amb. Pow-

ell expressed her gratitude

to the many mentors and

collaborators who guided,

advised and supported her

during her career, a theme

which was later echoed by

many of the other award


She specifically high-

lighted Ambassadors Peter

Burleigh, Howard Schaffer,

the late Arnold Raphel and A.

Elizabeth Jones. “While we all

know them for their regional

expertise and policy-making

skills,” Powell said “I had the

additional joy of knowing

them for their encourage-

ment, their empathy and

their exemplification of

Foreign Service leadership at

its finest.”

In closing, Amb. Pow-

ell pledged that from her

“bench on the beach,” she

would “continue to work as a

private citizen to help secure

the resources you need to

conduct your essential roles

in designing and implement-

ing America’s foreign policy,

in ensuring the security

and smooth functioning of

our missions that serve the

American people and the

interagency community, in

guaranteeing that you have

the training you need to suc-

ceed, and in building on the

progress made in mitigating

poverty, disease and disas-

ters around the globe.”

See page 31




Shawn Dorman’s interview

with Amb. Powell.



Turning to the awards for

constructive dissent, Amb.

Stephenson made the case

that in the Foreign Service,

“we strongly believe that it

is our duty to call things as

we see them, because that’s

in the best interest of our

country. In many cases, we

may provide input that calls

into question the wisdom

of a policy direction or

challenges the validity of a

procedure. Doing so is a core

element of leadership in the

Foreign Service context, a

duty that is required of us.

The six members of the For-

eign Service we honor today

2017 Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy winner Ambassador

(ret.) Nancy Powell, with four previous recipients of AFSA’s most

prestigious award. From left, Senator Richard Lugar, Ambassador (ret.)

Bill Harrop, Amb. Powell, Stu Kennedy and Ambassador (ret.) Ruth Davis.

Good ideas withstand scrutiny. Our country is stronger

for this Foreign Service community that encourages integrity

and intellectual honesty to preserve, protect and defend the

Constitution of the United States.

—Cecilia S. Choi