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AFSA Interns Visit Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina

On July 28, AFSA’s summer

2016 interns (Eunice Ajayi,

Martin Vasev, Alyssa God-

frey, Orianne Gonzalez and

Vanessa Sorrentino) visited

the Embassy of Bosnia and

Herzegovina, where they

met Deputy Chief of Mission

Milenko Misic, Minister Coun-

selor Amra Hadzovic and

Assistant to the Ambassador

Irma Zejcirovic.

Organized by Awards

Coordinator Perri Green, the

field trip was part of AFSA’s

program to give its interns

an introduction to real-life


DCM Misic, who had only

arrived at the embassy the

week before, spoke to the

group about his route to for-

eign affairs and the highlights

of his career so far. Originally

a mechanical engineer, he

returned to university to

gain his master’s degree and

began his diplomatic career

in 1998.

Ms. Hadzovic has served

as the minister counselor in

the embassy for three years,

where she acts as a resource

for the more than 350,000

citizens of Bosnia and Herze-

govina who live in the United

States. In addition to issuing

passports and visas, she

helps citizens with problems

they encounter while living


AFSA’s interns also talked

with Irma Zejcirovic, who has


AFSA interns visiting the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in

Washington, D.C. (l-r) AFSA Awards Coordinator Perri Green; Deputy Chief

of Mission Milenko Misic; AFSA interns Alyssa Godfrey, Vanessa Sorrentino,

Orianne Gonzalez and Martin Vasev; Minister Counselor Amra Hadzovic;

AFSA intern Eunice Ajayi and Counselor Marino Avramovic.

Career Ambassadors Discuss AFSA Legislative Strategy

On July 18, AFSA President

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson

hosted a group of distinguished

career ambassadors to discuss

AFSA’s legislative strategy and

policy messaging on the Hill.

(l-r) Ambassador Tim Carney,

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson,

Professional Policy Issues Director

Maria Livingston, Ambassadors

(ret.) Marcie Ries, Ruth A. Davis,

Earl Anthony (Tony) Wayne,

AFSA Executive Director Ian

Houston, Ambassador (ret.) Gillian


served as assistant to the

ambassador since March.

She is a graduate student

at The George Washington

University’s Elliott School of

International Affairs, study-

ing European and Eurasian

affairs. She shared her

unique perspective as a dual

citizen of the United States

and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After coffee and informal

discussion, the embassy staff

briefed the interns on the

history, geography and politi-

cal system of the country, as

well as the different tourist

attractions in Bosnia and


AFSA presented a copy of

Inside A US Embassy

, AFSA’s

popular introduction to the

U.S. Foreign Service, to DCM

Misic as a token of apprecia-

tion for their hospitality.


—Vanessa Sorrentino,

Advocacy Intern