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Spending bills threaten Foreign Service pay and hiring

Spending bills threaten Foreign Service pay and hiring

Legislation that significantly reduces Foreign Service pay would hinder the State Department’s ability to conduct its mission, observers say.
The Senate Appropriations committee late last month approved a funding bill for 2012 that would cut State’s budget by 8 percent, while the House Appropriations committee is holding on to legislation that would reduce funding by 18 percent [...]

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FPA U Course: Landing a Job in the Foreign Service

FPA U Course: Landing a Job in the Foreign Service

Located in New York, the Foreign Policy Association has since 1918 served as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. Recently launched, the Foreign Policy Association University provides insight and guidance to individuals interested in careers in intelligence, diplomacy and development. They will be holding a [...]

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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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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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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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