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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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NOVEMBER 2012
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AFSA NEWS
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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NOVEMBER 2012
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WOMEN IN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
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AFSA NEWS
AFSA’s Constructive Dissent
Awards are truly unique and
often misunderstood for that
reason. Unlike other awards
in the federal government,
they are not presented for
exemplary performance of
assigned responsibilities.
They recognize Foreign
Service employees who
embrace the difcult task
of challenging a policy or
management issue. By ask-
ing the hard questions, and
ofering solutions or alterna-
tive approaches, their eforts
have encouraged decision-
makers to reconsider, and
frequently change their
position.
AFSA’s dissent awards are
distinct. Not to be confused
with the State Department’s
commendable Dissent Chan-
nel, which provides employ-
ees with a formalized process
for submitting suggestions or
dissenting views on policy, an
AFSA dissent award recog-
nizes a dissenting employee’s
continued personal involve-
ment and eforts to secure
implementation of their
recommended changes.
Since 1968, AFSA’s dis-
sent winners have exhibited
courage and conviction by
presenting their beliefs in
an intelligent and construc-
tive way. For many award
winners, these personal
attributes have resulted in
their ability to achieve higher
promotion rates than their
class averages.
Past dissent award win-
ners include Jefrey Feltman,
currently United Nations
Under-Secretary-General for
Political Afairs, who won the
Herter Award for Construc-
tive Dissent by a senior FSO
in 2008; two-time ambas-
sador Thomas Boyatt, who
won the Rivkin Award in 1970
and the Herter award in 1979
and is now, in retirement,
founder and president of the
Foreign Afairs Council; and
Ryan Crocker, recipient of the
Rivkin Award in 1985, who
went on to become ambas-
sador to Lebanon, Syria,
Pakistan, Iraq and Afghani-
stan and was awarded
the Presidential Medal of
Freedom.
Now through Feb. 28, any
member of any foreign afairs
Recognize Courage, Integrity, Conviction and Intelligence:
Nominate a Colleague for a 2013 AFSA Dissent Award
agency may nominate any
other member who has dem-
onstrated the willingness,
ability and courage to speak
truth to power in a construc-
tive manner.
AFSA Constructive Dis-
sent Award categories are:
the F. Allen “Tex” Harris
Award for a Foreign Service
Specialist; the W. Averell
Harriman Award for an entry-
level ofcer (FS 6-4); the
William R. Rivkin Award for a
mid-level ofcer (FS 3-1); and
the Christian A. Herter Award
for a senior ofcer (Senior
Foreign Service).
Information on nomina-
tion procedures, guidelines
and the nomination form,
as well as a list of all past
award winners, can be found
at
www.afsa.org/awards.
The deadline for submitting
CALENDAR
11/6/2012 –
11/9/2012
AFSA Road Scholar Program
11/7/2012
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
11/12/2012
Veterans Day:
AFSA Ofces Closed
11/19/2012
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Seminar:
“Federal Health Benefits”
11/22/2012 –
11/23/2012
Thanksgiving:
AFSA Ofces Closed
12/5/2012
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
12/25/2012
Christmas Day:
AFSA Ofces Closed
THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
(Left to Right) Robert S. Rivkin presents the 2012 William R. Rivkin Award
for Constructive Dissent to Joshua Polachek on June 26.
BY AMBASSADOR EDWARD L . PECK
nominations is Feb. 28, 2013.
For more information,
please contact Perri Green,
AFSA Special Awards and
Outreach Coordinator, at
(202) 719-9700 or
green@
afsa.org.