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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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NOVEMBER 2016

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your holiday book shopping at the AFSA Bookstore, consider a donation to the FAD

to help AFSA tell your story.

Before we get to the books them-

selves, this month’s Speaking Out is

a pitch for good writing. In “Getting Beyond Bureaucratese—Why Writing Like Robots Damages U.S. Interests,”

FSO Paul Poletes argues that in diplo-

macy and in life clear and concise writ-

ing gets the message through.

This month we also celebrate 70 years

of the Fulbright Program, with a selec- tion of five stories from Fulbright alum

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who applied their experiences to careers

in the Foreign Service.

While focusing on the stories of our

community, we want to encourage you

to break out of official writing and think

about writing for

The Foreign Service

Journal

. The

Journal

strives to be your

hometown magazine—for you and also

about you—and a vehicle for showing

those outside the foreign affairs agen-

cies what the diplomatic life and career

is all about.

We welcome your submissions

on any topic of concern or interest to

members of the FS community. Or you

can choose among the focus topics for

2017 (see box). If you find a topic that

inspires, check in with me to find out

about timing and plans.

Assume at least 8-12 weeks from

submission to publication, so plan

ahead for focus topic contributions. Our

excellent Editorial Board meets monthly

to review and vote on which submis-

sions to publish. Find guidance on how

and what to submit at

www.afsa.org/

fsj-author-guidelines.

We are always seeking strong Speak-

ing Out submissions (1,500-1,800

words), as well as articles for Reflections

(700 words) and features (2,000 words).

Occasional features include FS Know

How and FS Heritage.

And please do

share your thoughts

about articles you

read in the

Journal

by

sending a letter to the

editor. Comments can

also be shared on the

AFSA or

FSJ

Facebook

pages. Send your feed-

back and submissions

to

journal@afsa.org

.

Thanks for reading,

and for writing.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Sharing Your Stories

BY SHAWN DORMAN

T

Shawn Dorman is the editor of

The Foreign Service Journal.

2017

FSJ

Focus Topics

January-February

: Notes to the New Administration

March

: Diplomatic Security at 100

April

: The Future of Europe

May

: Public Health and Diplomacy

June

: Militarization of Foreign Policy

July-August

: Science and Environmental Diplomacy

September

: AFSA Awards + Diplomatic Tradecraft

October

: Dealing with Iran

November

: In Their Own Write

December

: Best Practices in Worldwide Diplomacy

he November

Foreign Service

Journal

is always a favorite for

us to put together, because we

get to peruse and highlight—

and yes, promote!—books by Foreign

Service authors. The writing featured

is not that of cables and other official

communications, but rather what you

produce when free to write on topics

and in a style of your choice.

This year’s wide-ranging collection

takes readers into the “heart of Egypt” and

the “dust of Kandahar” and from “mis-

adventures” and “everyday life” in the

Middle East to mysteries in Vienna and

wolves in Sarajevo—each book convey-

ing some element of the Foreign Service

story. FS authors come to writing with

unique world views worth sharing.

AFSA is amping up efforts and

programs to help tell the stories of the

Foreign Service through your voices—as

speakers, as authors, as envoys for the

Foreign Service in all 50 states.

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson’s President’s Views column, “Champion

-

ing American Diplomacy,” and Ambas- sador Tom Boyatt’s Retiree VP Voice

column both call our attention to this

new outreach campaign that is being

supported by the Fund for American

Diplomacy, known

as the FAD, one of

AFSA’s non-profit

charity and educa-

tional arms.

After you’ve done