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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2012
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AFSA NEWS
AFSA Celebrates High School
Essay Contest Winner /
57
State VP: Staying in Place
in an Up-or-Out System /
58
FCS VP: Water Under
the Bridge / 59
FAS VP: The Mid-Level
Stafng Gap /
60
FSOs Help Bosnian
Street Dogs Survive /
60
Ambassador Chas Freeman
Gives Adair Lecture /
61
AFSA Bylaw Amendments
Pass /
63
TLG Intern Has “Fantastic”
Summer at State /
63
COLUMNS
President’s Views
/ 7
Diplomatic Capacity Needs
Professional Institutional
Leadership
BY SUSAN R . JOHNSON
Letter from the Editor /
12
Present at the Creation
BY STEVEN ALAN HONL EY
Speaking Out /
18
Achieving Work-Life
Balance at State
BY L I L L I AN C . WAHL-TUCO
Refections /
81
You Want to Join the What …?
BY JAMES TALALAY
DEPARTMENTS
Letters /
9
Talking Points /
14
Books /
64
In Memory /
66
Local Lens /
82
MARKETPLACE
Classifeds /
75
Real Estate /
78
Index to Advertisers /
79
FOCUS
THE NEW FOREIGN SERVICE GENERATION
Today’s New Hires: What They See, What They Say /
22
The hiring wave that began in 2008 with State’s Diplomacy 3.0 program
and USAID’s Development Leadership Initiative increased these agencies’
Foreign Service ranks by 17 and 54 percent, respectively. Here’s a look
at the new hires’ thoughts and expectations about their work.
BY SHAWN DORMAN
The Hiring Pendulum /
25
The boom and bust hiring cycles at State and USAID have created serious
stafng problems.
BY SHAWN DORMAN
Gen Y, and On to Z /
28
A retired ambassador shares her impressions of the new generations.
BY E I L EEN MAL LOY
What I Wish I Had Known … /
38
New hires talk about what they wish they had known before joining
the Foreign Service.
ED I TED BY SHAWN DORMAN
Bridging the Foreign Service Generational Gulf /
42
More than half of the current Foreign Service has joined since 9/11.
But diferences in age and experience do not have to divide FS members.
BY BRANDON POSS I N AND LARRY BUT L ER
FEATURE
“Argo”: How Hollywood Does History /
50
The covert operation that extracted six American diplomats from Iran
in 1980 is now a flm starring Ben Afeck. Even if it’s a great story,
a “dramatization based on true events” is not history. But maybe that’s OK.
BY MARK L I J EK
Cover photo by Mikkela Thompson: Entry-level ofcers from Embassy Dhaka
visit the National Parliament of Bangladesh. Full image is found on page
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October 2012
Volume 89, No. 10
FOREIGN
SERVICE
As we went to press, we received news of the deaths of four members of
the Foreign Service in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Please see p.
67
for AFSA’s statement.