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AFSA Staff Changes


Geneve Mantri joins AFSA as

a policy analyst with the Pro-

fessional Policy Issues unit.

He previously served

as the nonproliferation

manager at U.S. Embassy

Chisinau, Moldova, where

he dealt with nonprolifera-

tion and weapons of mass

destruction (WMD) issues.

Prior to that, he directed

Amnesty International’s

terrorism and counterter-

rorism program. Mantri

has also served on Senator

Richard Lugar’s staff as a

national security Stimson

fellow. He has worked at

National Defense University

and as a consultant to the

United Nations Children’s

Fund (UNICEF), the United

Nations Development

Program and the Carnegie


He is married to a

Foreign Service officer and

in addition to Chisinau, he

has worked overseas with

the Department of State in

Bucharest. He is a graduate

of Tufts University’s Fletcher


School of Law and Diplo-

macy and Warwick Univer-

sity in the United Kingdom.


We say farewell to Shannon

Mizzi, editorial assistant for

The Foreign Service Jour-


After two years with

AFSA, she leaves to begin

her graduate studies in law

and international relations at

Georgetown Univer-

sity. We wish her all the

best as she embarks

on this new and excit-

ing adventure.



Congratulations to

Raeka Safai on her

promotion from AFSA

staff attorney to dep-

uty general counsel at



Jason Snyder, Zlatana Badrich and Raeka

Safai in the AFSA Labor Management office.

Diplomats Engage Road Scholars at Lake Chautauqua

In June, as AFSA celebrates

its 20th year of collabora-

tion with the Road Scholar

lifelong learning organization

(formerly known as Elder-

hostel), six retired diplomats

traveled to western New York

state to lead adult students

through some of the most

interesting, often intractable,

issues facing the world today.

The joint AFSA-Road

Scholar program, “U.S.

Foreign Policy for the 21st

Century,” brought the dis-

tinguished diplomats and

some 150 participants from

all over the country together

on the banks of the beauti-

ful Lake Chautauqua, where

the venerable Chautauqua

Institution, which pioneered

adult education in America,

has been located since 1874.

The June 5-10 program

drew on the experiences of

Ambassadors (ret.) Ron Neu-

mann, Al La Porta, Charles

Ray and Charles Ford, along

with retired Senior FSOs

Molly Williamson and James

Pierce, who led lectures and

lively discussions on global


During 12 lectures across

six days, students received a

crash course on diplomacy,

examining issues from global

terrorism and the Israel-Pal-

estine conflict to the Koreas,

China and even the key role

that the Foreign Service plays

in the U.S. president’s travels


Participants had the

opportunity to get to know

some of America’s leading

diplomats not only through

daily lectures, but also out-

side the classroom as lectur-

ers and students dined and

enjoyed local entertainment


This informal and highly

personal experience is

furthered by breakout

sessions and panel discus-

sions, including the always

popular “Spouses Panel,” led

by the wives and husbands

of lecturing diplomats, that

touches on the challenges

and rewards of the Foreign

Service lifestyle.

Participants were also

treated to a viewing of the

documentary “America’s Dip-

lomats,” followed by a panel

discussion of the film.

AFSA looks forward to

continuing this 20-year tradi-

tion of providing a unique

look behind the scenes of

American diplomacy and

encourages members to

We also congratulate

Jason Snyder, who has been

promoted to grievance coun-

selor from labor manage-

ment assistant.

And thanks to Zlatana

Badrich for her great work as

deputy general counsel. She

is moving over to a part-time

position as an AFSA staff



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Geneve Mantri.