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The Life of an Economic Officer

The Life of an Economic Officer

The following is an excerpt from the blog, Beau Geste, Mon Ami. Larry is an Economic Officer currently on post in Rome.  His interesting take in this post on the art of cable writing is a great introduction into the life of an Economic Officer in the Foreign Service.  Take some time to read through his [...]

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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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Abroad… All Eyes Turn to Old Glory

Abroad… All Eyes Turn to Old Glory

The following piece was written by former Ambassador to Morocco, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg for the Huffington Post:
“Never take America for granted!” Words my American parents drilled into me during my formative years growing up in the Middle East. Is it possible to become more patriotic when the United States is far over the horizon? Perhaps.
Just [...]

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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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Language proficiency is Foreign Service’s ‘greatest challenge’

Language proficiency is Foreign Service’s ‘greatest challenge’

The Washington Post’s Joe Davidson discusses the current language proficiency shortfalls facing the State Department:
Workers from State still meet at that location, presumably for more lofty deliberations than those found in most saloons. The American Foreign Service Association owned the Foreign Service Club, but decided to get out of the restaurant and bar business years [...]

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2011 Budget Proposes 410 Additional Foreign Service Officers

2011 Budget Proposes 410 Additional Foreign Service Officers

The State Department is one of the few winners in the president’s proposed 2011 budget, with funding for the department and related international programs rising to $58 billion.
That amounts to a 2.8 percent increase, assuming Congress approves a pending supplemental foreign-affairs budget for this year.
Much of the proposed increase would go toward programs in Iraq, [...]

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Getting a Job in the Foreign Service

Getting a Job in the Foreign Service

“Diplomat” The word conjures up images of fancy parties, fist-slamming negotiations, and peacemaking in the great capitals of Europe. The truth of the career is that it’s a job that demands hard work but gives great satisfaction. The State Department has been ranked third among ideal jobs for college graduates, the best place for women to [...]

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Kerry, Lugar Introduce Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Diplomacy

Kerry, Lugar Introduce Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Diplomacy

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today introduced comprehensive bi-partisan legislation that will provide authority, policy guidance, and operational oversight to the State Department.
The Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 supports provisions to improve the State Department’s public diplomacy mission and to [...]

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Foreign Service Officer Resigns Over Afghan War

Foreign Service Officer Resigns Over Afghan War

Foreign Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows why his nation is fighting
By Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in [...]

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Diplomacy Under Fire and the USAIDification of the FS

Diplomacy Under Fire and the USAIDification of the FS

By Patricia H. Kushlis’ blog, Whirled View

I spent nearly an hour Monday morning listening to NPR’s special on the trials and tribulations of the State Department and the Foreign Serviceand whether or not the people and the institution will be able to meet the challenges required in the 21st century under the Obama administration.
The good news was [...]

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