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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

AFSA’s flagship publication covering foreign affairs, the practice of diplomacy and

the U.S. Foreign Service from an insider’s perspective for almost 100 years broke

new ground in 2016, helping foster new partnerships and raising critical issues

for diplomacy.

The July-August focus on career diplomacy today offered a look at Foreign

Service hiring, family member employment, tandem issues and a roadmap for

new hires, as well as a guide to opportunities with the State Department for

students. This issue was widely shared both inside and outside the Foreign

Service community.

The September focus on AFSA awards featured an interview with the trailblazing

Ambassador Ruth Davis—winner of AFSA’s 2016 Lifetime Contributions to Amer-

ican Diplomacy Award. Her speech, also published in the Journal, and the inter-

view, served as an outstanding illustration of the best of the Foreign Service.

Other highlights for the year were the March issue focus on “Women in the

Foreign Service: Making Strides Through a Half Century,” an April deep dive into

humanitarian diplomacy, and a look at how to tackle corruption in June. Decem-

ber’s comprehensive look at the new Russia 25 years after the fall of the Soviet

Union sparked the largest Journal ever at 120 pages.

FOREIGN SERVICE BOOKS

AFSA’s imprint and publishing division brings diplomacy to life by telling the sto-

ries of the Foreign Service to the American public, primarily through the popular

introduction to the Foreign Service, Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work.

The 2011 (3rd) edition continues to be used widely by universities, the military

and the State Department to help the American public understand the role and

value of diplomacy. Revenue from book sales goes to support AFSA’s Fund for

American Diplomacy. The book is also used to help prepare individuals engaging

in outreach efforts through the Speakers Bureau.

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