THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
spring as a way to transcend cultural boun-
daries and provide a mediumof commu-
nication among different ethnic groups.
Her first event, A Taste of Iran, was
a smash hit, and she plans to host a
Palestinian-Israeli dinner later this
fall. Half of the proceeds of each event
go to organizations from the featured
country, such as the Omid Foundation,
which helps disadvantaged or abused
Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh, Penn-
sylvania, which also serves food from
countries in conflict with the United States,
was Ms. Heshmati’s inspiration.
—Katherine Perroots, Editorial Intern
n Oct. 1, the U.S. consul generalin Mumbai, Thomas Vajda, led a 5-km. charity run to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Diplomatic Secu- rity Service.
The run is one of 100 races for
charities sponsored by the Bureau of
Diplomatic Security that are being held
worldwide and in the United States
throughout the bureau’s centenary year.
Consul General Vajda was joined by
more than 200 people representing the
diplomatic community, law enforce-
ment and many other groups.
“It is an honor to participate in an
initiative dedicated to honor the men
and women who work hard to keep us
safe at all times,” Vajda said.
“And it’s an extra bonus to help raise
money for a great organization through
donations raised at our event,” he
added. The proceeds from this race went
to the Vatsalya Foundation, a nongov-
ernmental organization that works with
Mumbai’s street children.
—Gemma Dvorak, Associate Editor
oundCloud is a global online
audio distribution platform based
in Berlin that enables its users to
upload, record, promote and share
originally created sounds. The web-
site attracts more than 175 million
unique monthly listeners.
The Department of State has
its own SoundCloud channel at
soundcloud.com/statedept, with 10
playlists (sets of audio recordings on
a theme): Religion and Diplomacy,
Global Views, Human Rights Heroes,
Countering Violent Extremism
(in Spanish and English), State of
Diplomacy, Charting a New Course
on Cuba, Inside Economic Diplomacy,
Fighting Ebola, Conversations on
Leadership and Meet the Ambas-
The Meet the Ambassador con-
versations feature interviews with
U.S. ambassadors, including: Richard
Verma, India; Geoffrey Pyatt, Ukraine;
Dana S. Smith, Qatar; Ted Osius, Viet-
nam; Daniel Yohannes, OECD; Liliana
Ayalde, Brazil; and Cynthia Akuetteh,
Gabon and Sao Tome.
The Conversations on Leader-
ship playlist features discussions
on leadership and what that means
for the State Department and
diplomacy. On Sept. 21, AFSA
President Ambassador Barbara
Stephenson joined Director Gen-
eral of the Foreign Service Arnold
Chacón to discuss her career in
the Foreign Service, her thoughts
on leadership and on challenges
ahead for U.S. diplomacy.
The full conversation between
Amb. Stephenson and DG
Chacón can be found on the
SoundCloud site or app (https://
of the other foreign affairs agencies
have SoundCloud stations yet, the
search function and hash tags will
take you to conversations related to
USAID and the other agencies, some
including interviews with officials
from those agencies.
—Gemma Dvorak, Associate Editor
SITE OF THE MONTH:www.soundcloud.com
GastrodiplomacyF ood is being used as a unifying force
innew pop-up dining experiences and
efforts by foreign governments to expand
knowledge about their cultures in the
TheThai government, for example, has
promoted an increase in “culinary diplo-
macy” through the establishment of Thai
restaurants in the United States since 2002.
Elsewhere, individuals have launched
restaurants to encourage cultural interac-
tion and education between Americans
and countries with which the United
States is in conflict.
Mana Heshmati, a Swedish-born chef
of Iranian descent, started Peace Meal
Kitchen in Detroit, Michigan, this past