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Clinton to Staff: A Busy Year Ahead for Diplomacy

Clinton to Staff: A Busy Year Ahead for Diplomacy

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told her staff in a memo today that the furious pace of international challenges is only going to increase in 2011, as the State Department forges ahead with internal change and a full plate of diplomatic challenges..
“In 2010, we faced challenges on almost every front, and our diplomacy and development efforts [...]

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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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UPDATE – Potential Spending Freeze May Affect State Department

UPDATE – Potential Spending Freeze May Affect State Department

While many cautiously wait for QEP results, the news of President Obama’s plan to freeze non-security federal discretionary spending over the next three years is cause for concern for many Foreign Service hopefuls.
So what is the president proposing? And who would be affected if Congress adopts his plan?
When the White House talks about non-security discretionary spending, [...]

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Town Hall Meeting for Employees Marking One Year at State

Town Hall Meeting for Employees Marking One Year at State

Just finished watching video of Secretary Clinton’s town hall meeting with employees of the State Department today.  I’ve attached a link to watch the video in its entirety, but have highlighted some of the key questions asked by State Department employees:
QUESTION: Good morning, my name is Jennifer King. I just wanted to ask what your [...]

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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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