The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 11

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2014
11
TALKING POINTS
Breaking Ground
for Diplomacy
O
n Sept. 3, ve former Secretaries
of State assembled in the George
Marshall Conference Center at the State
Department to take part in the o cial
groundbreaking ceremony for the United
States Diplomacy Center.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry
and former Secretaries of State Henry
Kissinger, James A. Baker III, Madeleine
K. Albright, Colin L. Powell and Hill-
ary Rodham Clinton each made brief
remarks at the indoor ceremony.
ey
then broke ground at the construction
site at the 21st St. N.W. entrance to the
Department of State’s Harry S Truman
building.
Under Secretary for Management Pat-
rick Kennedy was master of ceremonies
for the event. He was joined by Ambas-
sador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, senior
advisor in the O ce of the Secretary, who
was instrumental in garnering support
for the project, and Ambassador William
C. Harrop, chairman of the Diplomacy
Center Foundation.
Calling diplomacy a “force for good in
the world,” Secretary Kerry brie y saluted
the “ rst-ever museum to tell the really
remarkable story of American diplomats.”
He also used his time at the podium
to focus on the “next generation” of
diplomats and the current foreign policy
debate.
e 40,000-square-foot USDC
has been designed as a museum and
AFSA/Debra Blome
From left: Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine K. Albright, Henry
A. Kissinger, John F. Kerry, James A. Baker III and Colin L. Powell break ground for the
United States Diplomacy Center at the Department of State on Sept. 3.
educational center featuring interactive
exhibits and diplomatic simulations that
will explore the history, practice and
challenges of U.S. diplomacy.
e $25 million construction project is
expected to take 18 months. Construction
of the museum and fabrication of exhib-
its will be nanced through a private-
sector capital campaign.
e Department
of State will contribute space, sta and
security for the center in a public-private
partnership with the Diplomacy Center
Foundation.
A video of the ceremony can been
viewed a
.
Debra Blome, Associate Editor
Specialist Blogs,
In Particular
A
boon to American diplomats, blog-
ging o ers a fun and easy way for
members of the Foreign Service to keep
in touch with extended family, and with
each other, as they move around the world
representing the United States.
e blogs are also a kind of public ser-
vice, helping to spread awareness of the
work FS members do and the lives they
lead more broadly, in and outside the
Service (see this month’s focus, p. 21).
No less diligent as bloggers than the
generalists, Foreign Service specialists
also gure in the ever-popular FS blogs
list on the AFSA website (
/
blogs).
is by a Foreign Service
Specialist who is currently on domestic
assignment in Washington, D.C.
e
writer works on communications and
computer systems in U.S. embassies and
consulates around the world. According
to the blog, “the website’s name is an
Calling diplomacy a “force for good in the world,” Secretary
Kerry briefly saluted the “first-ever museum to tell the really
remarkable story of American diplomats.” He also used his time
at the podium to focus on the “next generation” of diplomats and
the current foreign policy debate.
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