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Cat fight at U.S. Embassy in Kabul

Cat fight at U.S. Embassy in Kabul

Veteran diplomat Ryan C. Crocker can handle Islamist insurgencies, hostile heads of state and management of some of the world’s largest embassies. But what’s he going to do about the cats?
The new leader of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has probably already walked past (and possibly petted?) Gordo, Freckles, Dusty, Ferdinand and Maria Teresa or [...]

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City of Men: The Foreign Policy Community’s Women Retention Problem

City of Men: The Foreign Policy Community’s Women Retention Problem

Micah Zenko points out in a recent piece for Foreign Policy the glaring lack of women in Washington’s foreign policy community. Searching for numbers to support her assumptions, Zenko found less than 30 percent of policy and leadership positions held by women when she reviewed Washington’s ten most prominent think tanks.
The Center for Strategic and [...]

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Hearing highlights need for Foreign Service training, lack of congressional interest

Hearing highlights need for Foreign Service training, lack of congressional interest

At a time when some North African and Middle East states are in chaos and America is posting large numbers of civilians in war zones, the United States is sending Foreign Service officers abroad poorly equipped to deal with the critical situations they face.
That’s the takeaway of a report by the American Academy of Diplomacy and [...]

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U.S. Foreign Service: on the front lines in Egypt

U.S. Foreign Service: on the front lines in Egypt

It is right and natural that we devote a great deal of time deliberating about the foreign policy and other implications of the events unfolding in Egypt. For Egypt, these events constitute a national crisis; for the United States, a foreign-policy crisis. But for many individuals, these events also represent a personal crisis. These include [...]

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Secretary of State Clinton’s Diplomatic Travels

Secretary of State Clinton’s Diplomatic Travels

At least 36 countries in 10 months

Map showing the countries that have been visited by United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton since taking office. (ABS-CBN News)

When she was confirmed by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2009 as the next US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said that the best way to advance [...]

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Foreign Service Blogs & Websites

Featured Blogs & Websites
DipNote – The State Department’s Official Blog

Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide

American Foreign Service Association
Overseas Expat Life from Tales from a Small Planet
Life After Jerusalem

The Hegemonist – A great blog on the FSOT and Foreign Affairs

The Daily Demarche – a career FSO blog devoted to the life [...]

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