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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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OCTOBER 2015

59

AFSA NEWS

FSO Lucy Chang Receives

2015 George F. Kennan Award

On June 12, AFSA

Foreign Commercial

Service Vice Presi-

dent Steve Morrison

presented this year’s

George F. Kennan

Strategic Writing

Award to Foreign

Service Officer Lucy

Chang at the National

War College in Wash-

ington, D.C.

During the year-

long program, three

of Chang’s papers

were selected “best

in seminar” and one

was nominated for

NWC’s best regionally

oriented strategy award.

AFSA presents the Kennan

award each year to an NWC

graduate whose final paper

has been chosen as the best

essay on strategy or policy

among State Department

employees.

The award is named for

FSO George F. Kennan, who

was the first deputy com-

mandant of the NWC when he

wrote his famous 1947 article,

“The Sources of Soviet Con-

duct,” which forever changed

U.S. foreign policy.

Chang’s first paper, writ-

ten for her “Foundations of

Strategic Thinking” course,

focused on national secu-

rity strategy from a Russian

perspective. She identified

Russia’s core interests and

strategic priorities in the con-

text of a rising China, NATO

and European Union enlarge-

ment and energy security in

a multipolar world. She then

assessed the coherence of

Russia’s overall strategy for

achieving those goals.

An assignment for her

“War, Statecraft and the

Military Instrument of Power”

course, Chang’s second essay

analyzed the decision-making

process that resulted in the

failed Bay of Pigs invasion.

She described the incident as

“a cautionary tale for today’s

strategic decision-makers,”

with lessons concerning the

proper role of military and

civilian authority in strate-

gic planning and execution,

the power of bureaucratic

dynamics and domestic

politics, and the dangers of

unexamined assumptions.

Chang wrote her final best-

in-seminar paper

for her “National

Security Strategy

Practicum” course.

In this essay, she

prescribed a U.S.

strategy for pro-

moting democracy

and good gover-

nance in Ukraine.

She examined key

challenges and

threats to Ukraine’s

democratic

development and

the impact of the

EuroMaidan and

civil society actions

on the future of

Ukrainian democracy in the

face of continued Russian

aggression.

Finally, Chang’s individual

strategic research project

proposed a post-2016 transi-

tion strategy for Afghanistan,

encouraging regional coop-

eration and integration, good

governance and economic

growth as a path toward a

more stable, self-sufficient

nation.

An FSO for 15 years and

counting, Chang has served

in São Paulo, Hong Kong,

Kigali, Guatemala City, Lis-

bon, Baghdad, Bissau, Wash-

ington, D.C., and New York. In

August, she began her new

assignment as the political-

military affairs counselor in

Kabul.

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—Casey Knerr,

Awards Intern

The 2015 Kennan Award recipient, Lucy Chang (center),

poses with AFSA Coordinator for Special Awards and

Outreach Perri Green (left) and AFSA FCS Vice President

Steve Morrison (right) at the June 12 National War College

graduation ceremony.

AFSA/CASEYKNERR

for the 2015 fall semester

were sent to 60 stateside

and four overseas col-

leges during the first week

of August. The remaining

$110,000 will be mailed in

December to cover 2016

spring semester expenses.

These need-based

awards, together with the

$42,250 in AFSA Merit

Awards granted to high

school seniors in May (see the July/August 2015 AFSA News), amount to more tha

n

a quarter of a million dollars

($260,250).

This benefit is only offered

to tax-dependent children,

whose parents are AFSA

members and active-duty,

retired or deceased Foreign

Service employees.

Scholarship applications

for the 2016-2017 school

year will be available in

November. The Financial

Aid Scholarship deadline

is March 6, 2016. A family’s

assets and income will be

considered when evaluating

students’ applications.

The deadline for the Com-

munity Service and Aca-

demic and Art Merit Awards

is Feb. 6, 2016. Eligible

students can apply one time

only, as a high school senior.

Not all candidates who apply

will be given an award.

Visit

www.afsa.org/scholar

for more information or con-

tact Lori Dec, AFSA Scholar-

ship Director, at

dec@afsa.org

or (202) 944-5504.

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—Lori Dec,

Scholarship Director

Scholarship Aid • Continued from

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