The Foreign Service Journal - October 2016
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October 2016 Volume 93, No. 8



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20 The Air We Breathe: Living with Air Pollution Many Foreign Service families spend a significant portion of their lives assigned to cities with unsafe air. What are the effects, and what can be done about it? By N i c o l e Sc h a e f e r-McDa n i e l


43 Travels with The Champ in Africa, 1980 The late Muhammad Ali was a diplomat extraordinaire, as this firsthand account of a mission to Africa attests. By L a n n o n Wa l k e r 48 An Invisible Tide: Undocumented U.S. Kids in Mexico The problem of undocumented U.S. kids in Mexico is a facet of the immigration tangle that is putting pressure on both sides of the border. By Ame l i a Sh aw

Focus on The U.S. Election Through a Foreign Lens

28 The U.S. Election Through Brazilian Eyes The contest between two colorful personalities has drawn unprecedented attention and some concern here, but there is little fear of changes in the bilateral agenda. By Ca r l o s L i n s d a S i l v a 31 You Are Not Alone, Believe Me Donald Trump might be uniquely American in his demeanor and rhetoric, but to Austrians the factors behind his startling success are not. By Ve re n a G l e i t sma n n


35 How India Sees U.S. Elections The old formula for evaluating the U.S. presidential contest has given way to complexities. By Ru c h i r J o s h i 39 Mexico, NAFTA and Election 2016 Though it is not the first U.S. election that has really mattered to Mexico, there may be more at stake this time than ever before. By Xe n i a V. Wi l k i n s o n 25 Breathless in Jakarta— A Cautionary Tale Pollution can lead to serious health issues, and dealing with that can be a bureaucratic nightmare. By De b o r a h Ly n n