THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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 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