The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 58

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OCTOBER 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
AFSA HOSTS BACK-TO -
SCHOOL HAPPY HOUR
On Sept. 4, AFSA welcomed members and
guests to a Back-to-School Happy Hour at
our headquarters building.
More than 150 guests, ranging from
members of the current A-100 class to
individuals who retired decades ago, mingled
and shared experiences over drinks and
snacks. AFSA President Robert J. Silverman
led the group in a toast to the Foreign Service.
Look for one more AFSA happy hour this
year, at some point during the holiday season.
AFSA PROGRAM FOR FORE I GN AF FA I RS I NTERNS
Ambassador John Limbert on Life in the Foreign Service
On Aug. 13, AFSA welcomed
foreign a‹airs interns to the
second Brown Bag Series
event “Life in the Foreign
Service.”
The event featured
former AFSA President and
Ambassador John Limbert,
who retired with the rank of
minister counselor after 33
years in the Foreign Service.
Amb. Limbert holds the
Department of State’s high-
est award—the Distinguished
Service Award—as well as
other awards including the
Award for Valor, which he
received after 444 days in
captivity in Tehran during the
Iran hostage crisis.
Ambassador Limbert
explained how people inter-
ested in the Foreign Service
prepare, both academically
and professionally, for the
profession; what being an FSO
is like; and how to determine if
the Foreign Service is the right
career path.
After a five-year hiatus,
AFSA reestablished its
“Brown-Bag Series for For-
eign A‹airs Interns” this sum-
mer. The program is intended
to provide all Washington,
D.C.-based interns working
on foreign a‹airs issues—
whether at a federal agency
or in nongovernmental
organizations—an opportu-
nity to discuss hot topics with
foreign a‹airs practitioners
and professionals, as well as
to network with their peers.
On July 24, the program
was launched with a pre-
sentation on energy politics
and the Middle East by
retired FSO Molly William-
son, whose 30-year career
focused mainly on the Middle
East. She served as deputy
assistant secretary at three
agencies: State, Commerce
and Defense. In her talk,
“The Politics of Petroleum,”
Williamson gave an expert
opinion on the challenges for
U.S. foreign policy in the area.
On Oct. 2, Vinay Chawla,
director of Digital Engage-
ment at the Department
of State, will speak at the
third event, on the subject
of “Social Media and Diplo-
macy.”
The series will continue
throughout the year. Inter-
ested students and interns
should check the AFSA web-
site for upcoming events.
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–Debora Kim and
Julian Steiner,
AFSA Interns
AFSA/DEBORAKIM
Amb. John Limbert spoke to interns about life in the Foreign Service.
AFSA/MATTSUMRAK
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