The Foreign Service Journal - November 2017

Cover 1
Contents 5
Focus on Foreign Service Authors 21
Writing and the Foreign Service 21
On the Writing Roller Coaster 24
In Their Own Write 27
Of Related Interest 42
Bibliography of USAID Authors–An Update 52
Feature 54
When Criticism Fallson Deaf Ears: The Case of U.S. Foreign Aid 54
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Serving in Hardship Posts 7
Letter from the Editor—The Writing Life 9
Speaking Out—Owning Leadership 19
Reflections—An Ambassador Returns to China 85
Local Lens—London, United Kingdom 86
Departments 10
Letters 10
Talking Points 13
In Memory 70
Marketplace 80
Classifieds 80
Real Estate 82
Index to Advertisers 84
AFSA News 59
The Foreign Service: A Home Run for America 59
AFSA On the Hill—Supporting U.S. Policy Objectives 60
State VP Voice—Doing Your Part: The Post Rep’s Role 61
FCS VP Voice—Working In Concert: FCS at Home and Overseas 62
Sinclaire Language Award Nominations 62
Retiree VP Voice—Threats to Your Retirement Benefits 63
Welcome to New Staff 63
Notes from Labor Management: USAID Performance Management System 64
AFSA-USAID Agreement on FSL Hiring 64
The Perils of Post Allowances 65
APHIS Framework Agreement Approved 65
Closing In on AFSA’s 50 States Outreach Goal 66
AFSA Congratulates JSP Graduates 66
A Great Way to Support AFSA 67
Book Notes: Career Diplomacy 68
AFSA Governing Board Meeting Notes 69
New Editorial Board Members Get to Work 69