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Albright is co-chair, with former

National Security Advisor Stephen Had-

ley, of the Atlantic Council’s Middle East

Strategy Task Force, which organized the

event in conjunction with USIP.

International Rescue Committee

President and former U.K. Secretary of

State for Foreign Affairs David Miliband,

USIP President Nancy Lindborg and Mr.

Antoine Frem, the mayor of Jounieh,

Lebanon, joined Albright and Hadley on

the panel.

The task force is a bipartisan initia-

tive to better understand the regional

crises causing the flood of refugees into

Lebanon, Jordan, and now Europe, and to

develop long-termU.S. policy to support


Panelists stressed the need to move

beyond the current humanitarian aid

framework, arguing that the failure to pri-

oritize integration and education along-

side food and shelter fuels disenfranchise-

ment, cycles of poverty and victimization.

Indeed, the issue should be reframed

to recognize refugee populations not as

burdens, but as assets. Investing in them

now by providing education for children

and employment training for adults will

prevent greater costs later on.

According to the United Nations, the

average length of displacement for inter-

nally displaced persons is currently 17

years. Fully 25 percent of Lebanon’s total

population is displaced.

Mayor Frem gave the audience a

window into the stress Lebanon faces as

a result of the massive inflow of Syrian

refugees. There isn’t sufficient health

care for Syrians, who often cannot pay.

Some schools are running second shifts

to accommodate children, but it is not

enough. Local tensions are growing

between ethnic groups as a result of

overcrowding. The result is a growing

“lost generation,” fertile ground for


“We cannot ask European countries to

do something we are not willing to do our-

selves,” Albright stated, referring to the ref-

ugee influx in Europe. If the United States

wants to continue to be the world leader in

taking in and integrating refugees—it has

taken in half of the total refugee population

every year since WorldWar II—it needs to

take half of the U.N.-recommended total of

200,000 people per year.

Americans can help make this a reality,

Albright said, by calling their legislators to

voice their support and make it clear that

this is the American way to approach this


—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Intern

The Foreign Service: A Glance at the Future


detect a certain nostalgia among some of our officers for the time when the conduct of foreign

affairs was relatively uncomplicated; when the Foreign Service was a small, select group in

Washington and abroad, uncluttered by attachments of one kind or another, and engaged in

diplomacy in traditional terms.

Those days are gone. Foreign affairs are now conducted through a vast and complicated

mechanism, and they embrace so many activities on so many fronts that it is difficult to

comprehend them, let alone manage them. …What has happened to the Foreign Service, or

to put it another way, to the profession of diplomacy? …

We are at the stage where the old methods, the old traditions, the old disciplines, the practices of the

past have in part broken down, but we have yet to replace them with new methods, traditions and disciplines which com-

bine certain practices of the old with the requirements of the new world in which we live. …

The traditional practice of diplomacy is in danger of being engulfed, and yet the work of the professional diplomat is

no less important than it was in the past. Indeed, it is more important than ever before.

The mission in the field under the ambassador is the only place where day-in and day-out there is complete and utter

preoccupation at a high and intimate level with the problems of a country and our relationship. Here is where traditional

diplomacy counts most—where the experience and judgment and activities of the mission and the ambassador have the

greatest impact on our policy and its effectiveness.

—Ambassador Samuel D. Berger, in remarks before the American Foreign Service

Association, Oct. 1, 1965, from the November 1965



50 Years Ago