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54
DECEMBER 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
More than 200 guests joined
AFSA staf and Govern-
ing Board members at the
Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic
Reception Room on Oct. 11
for the ofcial relaunch of
the completely redesigned
Foreign Service Journal—
its
frst since 1994.
Working with local design
frm Eason Associates, an
advisory committee com-
prised members of AFSA’s
Governing Board, AFSA staf
and the
Journal
’s editorial
board. After more than a year
of collaboration,
The Foreign
Service Journal
, with its new
look and top-notch content,
was launched.
AFSA President Susan
Johnson welcomed the
guests and acknowledged
those whose hard work had
contributed to the success of
the new design. Johnson also
read from a congratulatory
note from Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton, in
which she wished the
Journal
another 100 years of suc-
cess.
Deputy Secretary of State
William Burns reminisced
about having been a
Journal
reader for his entire 30-year
Foreign Service career. He
thanked the magazine for
serving as the historical
memory of the diplomatic
profession throughout its
88-year existence, and for
connecting Foreign Service
members around the world,
reminding them they are
indeed more than just a col-
lection of professionals but
rather a family.
Ambassador Linda
Thomas-Greenfeld, the
director general of the For-
eign Service, entertained the
audience with a recollection
of the difculty she and her
tandem FS husband faced
when trying to get only one
copy, not two, of the
Journal
.
Their attempts were in vain,
as two copies of the maga-
zine continued to be deliv-
ered to post. The lesson here
is that there can never be too
much of a good thing (for
other tandem couples out
there, we suggest donating
your second copy to a local
library, hospital or univer-
sity).
The fnal speaker was Ted
Wilkinson, the only person to
have served as both presi-
dent of AFSA (from 1989 to
1991) and as chairman of
the
Foreign Service Journal
editorial board (from 2005
to 2011). Ted spoke of the
importance of ensuring that
the magazine is more than
just an insider’s chronicle
and must be relevant to
outside audiences such as
members of Congress and
their staf, academia, think
tanks and members of the
public. He commended the
Journal
for doing this well.
Attendees enjoyed cham-
pagne and hors d’oeuvres as
they mingled in the majestic
room and took in the view
of the National Mall and
Potomac River from the 8th-
foor terrace. Following the
ofcial portion of the event,
guests were able to look
at a collection of historical
covers from throughout the
Journal
’s history, including
the frst
American Consular
Bulletin
cover from 1919, and
the frst
American Foreign
Service Journal
cover from
1924. Guests received a com-
memorative poster depicting
12 historical covers from the
magazine’s history—one
from each decade. Posters
are still available at AFSA’s
reception desk.
To view the event online,
please go to
http://alturl.
com/jg2ye.
n
AFSA Celebrates the New
Foreign Service Journal
Design
On Oct. 11, guests mingle in the splendor of the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Receiption Room as they listen to speeches and accolades are accorded for
the
Foreign Service Journal
’s relaunch of the long-running magazine’s new design, the frst since 1994.
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