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topics including family life, hiring, student
programs and more, along with a special
forum for veterans to pose questions.
By adding the AFSA FS Blogs link,
State has exponentially increased the
amount and variety of real-life informa-
tion available to current and prospective
State introduces the link with the fol-
lowing note: “In addition to these career-
focused Forums, you can fnd more
information on life in the Foreign Service
at the American Foreign Service Associa-
tion Web site through their expansive list
of blogs written by and about those living
the Foreign Service life.”
Tere’s something for everyone on our
blogs page. Te list is divided into various
categories, such as those written by State
FSOs, State specialists, USAID FSOs,
spouses and partners, families and retir-
ees. If you would like us to add or remove
your blog, please let us know by writing to
Tose of you considering blogging
may also want to check out Matt Keene’s
December 2011 Speaking Out column,
“FS Blogging: An Opportunity, Not a
Treat.” I
n addition, the following posting
on AFSA’s Web site ofers useful tips to
keep in mind about blogging:
“AFSA Guid-
ance on Personal Use of Social Media.”
—Shawn Dorman, Associate Editor
Recognizing Young
Leaders in Foreign Policy
Diplomatic Courier
and Young
Professionals in Foreign Policy have
once again joined forces to release a list of
“Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders,”
which is highlighted in the
’s September/October issue. (Te
full list is available online.)
With projects as innovative as “Te
Stinky Peace Project,” which converts
organic waste into fuel in some of the
world’s poorest nations, the write-up
catalogs the achievements and aspirations
of the “Millennial” generation’s movers
and shakers.
Te selection committee sorted the
peer-nominated “99ers” into seven dif-
ferent leadership archetypes (although
Percentage of Career Ambassador Appointments by Region Since 1960
—Asgeir Sigfusson, AFSA Director of Marketing/Outreach
limiting each leader to one skill set proved
challenging). State’s extensive infuence
in world afairs is most prominent in the
“Practitioners” category of foreign policy
leaders, defned as those who change
foreign policy “from the inside through
extraordinary professionalism and skill.”
Here are some of the individuals the list
FSO Zainab Zaid, currently serving on
the Saudi Arabia desk, joined State in 2007
and has served as a political and consular
ofcer in Amman, and as assistant public
afairs ofcer in Dharan.
Nealin Parker, deputy director of
USAID’s Ofce of Transition Initiatives,
works on post-confict assistance in
Africa, Latin America and South East
Asia. Her desire to lessen “the hell of war”
around the world comes through clearly
in her numerous publications on peace-
keeping, development and the rule of law.
Morgan Courtney, stability operations
ofcer for Burma under State’s Bureau of
Confict and Stabilization Operations, has
previously worked on Darfur policy, with
the United Nations High Commission
for Refugees at the Rwanda/Democratic
Republic of the Congo border, and aided
the re-establishment of the Peace Corps
in Rwanda.
State’s other representatives on the
Western Europe
North/Central America
East Asia
South America
Eastern Europe
South and Central Asia
The Middle East
[“Argo”] is, in part, a tribute to the dangers that our
diplomats face, our Foreign Service people face,
our clandestine service face, without any hope for recognition.
Obviously, in Benghazi you saw tragic results there, and this is
really something, in addition to your family, being away from your
wife and kids—all of this tough stuf. And when I saw that stuf
happening, a silver lining for me about this movie was that we
were paying honor to these folks.
Actor Ben Afeck, discussing his new flm, “Argo” (based on an incident during the
1979 Embassy Tehran hostage crisis),
with “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart,
Oct. 9.