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American Foreign Service Association

American Foreign Service Association The American Foreign Service Association, established in 1924, is the professional association of the United States Foreign Service.

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), established in 1924, is the professional association of the United States Foreign Service. With close to 16,000 dues-paying members, AFSA represents 28,000 active and retired Foreign Service employees of the Department of State and Agency for International Development (AID), as well as smaller groups in the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), and International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB).

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This webinar series will explore the unique financial situation that comes with a career in the Foreign Service. Part I ...
12/08/2022

This webinar series will explore the unique financial situation that comes with a career in the Foreign Service. Part I will focus on personal finances, including the most common financial challenges in the Foreign Service, planning for a successful retirement, and investing in the TSP. Part II will cover financial investment topics such as how to stay informed while overseas and how to plan for your children's education. Register at: https://forms.gle/yJRzofnAEVpmz7JU8.

Last call! The FSI Transition Center's “Educating Your Foreign Service Child: The Boarding School Option” webinar will e...
12/06/2022

Last call! The FSI Transition Center's “Educating Your Foreign Service Child: The Boarding School Option” webinar will explore key considerations of sending your child to boarding school. Join this non-tuition offering to explore factors in determining if boarding school is right for your child, learn how to select the right boarding school, and navigate financial considerations and the admissions process. Register at: https://forms.gle/FJph6G2VsLrvGpSJ8.

“I am glad to report that we are back to having robust and healthy use of the Dissent Channel and, more importantly, we ...
12/05/2022
Celebrating—and Strengthening—Constructive Dissent

“I am glad to report that we are back to having robust and healthy use of the Dissent Channel and, more importantly, we are seeing the current administration consider and even implement some of the dissenting recommendations.”

All of us at AFSA were thrilled to be able to host our annual October awards ceremony in person for the first time in three years. We honored Ambassador Anne Patterson with our award for Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy, and recognized 17 others who contributed to advancing our country.....

Members 🚨: Applications now open for 2023 AFSA Merit and Financial Aid Scholarships! The AFSA Scholarship Program offers...
12/05/2022

Members 🚨: Applications now open for 2023 AFSA Merit and Financial Aid Scholarships!

The AFSA Scholarship Program offers college aid to children of AFSA members whose parents are/were employees.

Learn more about the program, including how to apply: https://afsa.org/afsa-scholarships

12/04/2022

in 1972, voting started to determine which organization would represent employees in dealings with U.S. Department of State management. Spoiler: AFSA won the majority of votes and would go on to become the labor union for the Foreign Service.

The December  is out! In this issue: honoring excellence and constructive dissent, the ethics of resigning in protest, p...
12/02/2022

The December is out! In this issue: honoring excellence and constructive dissent, the ethics of resigning in protest, promoting democracy in tumultuous times, the biannual education supplement, the case for expanding the Diplomat in Residence Program, the enduring value of international exchange, and more! https://afsa.org/fsj

12/02/2022

that, for the first time since World War II, the U.S. global diplomatic presence has shrunk to 2nd place, behind China?

The December  will be out soon and will focus on the 2022 recipients of AFSA’s Awards for Excellence and Constructive Di...
11/30/2022

The December will be out soon and will focus on the 2022 recipients of AFSA’s Awards for Excellence and Constructive Dissent.

AFSA activates our experienced and knowledgeable members to help us tell the story of the  to Americans around the count...
11/29/2022

AFSA activates our experienced and knowledgeable members to help us tell the story of the to Americans around the country.

To support the Speakers Bureau and AFSA’s outreach work, please consider donating to the Fund for American Diplomacy: afsa.org/donate

AFSA's National High School Essay contest engages hundreds of American high school students each year in learning about ...
11/29/2022

AFSA's National High School Essay contest engages hundreds of American high school students each year in learning about foreign affairs and the .

This work would not be possible without the Fund for American Diplomacy. Support the FAD by making a gift today: afsa.org/donate

This year, AFSA’s programs Diplomats@Work and Inside Diplomacy reached thousands of Americans across 47 states with stor...
11/29/2022

This year, AFSA’s programs [email protected] and Inside Diplomacy reached thousands of Americans across 47 states with stories of the important work of the .

Make a gift today to help our mission to increase support for our Foreign Service: https://afsa.org/donate

As  kicks off the giving season and reminds us of the importance of giving back, consider donating to AFSA’s Fund for Am...
11/29/2022

As kicks off the giving season and reminds us of the importance of giving back, consider donating to AFSA’s Fund for American Diplomacy which supports the work of the U.S. Foreign Service. Make your gift here: https://afsa.org/donate

 is tomorrow! Please consider a gift to AFSA's Fund for American Diplomacy. Your donation will help to broaden the domes...
11/28/2022

is tomorrow! Please consider a gift to AFSA's Fund for American Diplomacy. Your donation will help to broaden the domestic constituency for our and the work it does in support of Americans.

11/26/2022

in 1909, Pres. William H. Taft established an examination for persons wishing to enter the Diplomatic Service. Today, those wishing to enter the must also take a test.

A safe and very happy  to all from the American Foreign Service Association! Especially thinking of our  who are celebra...
11/24/2022

A safe and very happy to all from the American Foreign Service Association! Especially thinking of our who are celebrating Thanksgiving far from home.

11/23/2022

in 1866, U.S. Department of State sent its first diplomatic dispatch by telegraph. In it, Secretary of State Seward urged French Emperor Napoleon III not to delay the withdrawal of his forces from Mexico.

Thank you to World Affairs and Japan Society of Northern California for hosting AFSA President Amb. Eric Rubin last week...
11/22/2022

Thank you to World Affairs and Japan Society of Northern California for hosting AFSA President Amb. Eric Rubin last week for an excellent discussion about the state of foreign affairs and the future of the U.S. Foreign Service.

It is always a pleasure to meet with friends, old and new, and talk about challenges currently facing US diplomacy and what it means for our Foreign Service.

Mark Your Calendar: , the global day of generosity that kicks off the giving season, is coming up on November 29.  Pleas...
11/22/2022

Mark Your Calendar: , the global day of generosity that kicks off the giving season, is coming up on November 29.

Please consider a gift to the Fund for American Diplomacy, which funds AFSA’s outreach efforts to increase public support for the U.S. .

Read about the FAD: https://afsa.org/fund-american-diplomacy

Join the Bureau of Medical Services and the Office of Overseas Schools for a webinar that includes information on the Sp...
11/17/2022

Join the Bureau of Medical Services and the Office of Overseas Schools for a webinar that includes information on the Special Needs Education Allowances (SNEA) and how to navigate finding a school for your child with special educational needs. This session is specifically designed for parents of children who are or will be assigned to a U.S. mission abroad. Register at https://forms.gle/JdBtdc7Lj6S4XVzY9.

On  National Recognition Day, we celebrate the contributions of those who are the backbone of every U.S. mission abroad....
11/16/2022

On National Recognition Day, we celebrate the contributions of those who are the backbone of every U.S. mission abroad. We join our community in recognizing our FSN colleagues for their commitment and tireless efforts, often in stressful and demanding situations.

Today we hosted American Foreign Service Protective Association CEO and VP Paula Jakub to talk to our members, active du...
11/15/2022

Today we hosted American Foreign Service Protective Association CEO and VP Paula Jakub to talk to our members, active duty and retired, about insurance and benefits updates. A helpful and informative session for our members as we head into Open Season.

On this Veterans Day, our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all those who serve and have served.
11/11/2022

On this Veterans Day, our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all those who serve and have served.

On this Veterans Day, our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all those who serve and have served.
11/11/2022

On this Veterans Day, our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all those who serve and have served.

11/10/2022

Join us in wishing the U.S. Marine Corps a very happy 247th birthday! We are grateful to the Marine Security Guards for all they do to keep our diplomats safe in embassies and consulates around the world.

It was an honor for AFSA to have been invited to speak about the U.S. Foreign Service at the 5th Annual Capital Conferen...
11/09/2022

It was an honor for AFSA to have been invited to speak about the U.S. Foreign Service at the 5th Annual Capital Conference hosted by the Capital Battalion Naval ROTC at George Washington University.

AFSA President Eric Rubin speaking at the conference.

For those in the Bay area: Great opportunity to hear a discussion with AFSA President Eric Rubin on the "Future of the U...
11/08/2022

For those in the Bay area: Great opportunity to hear a discussion with AFSA President Eric Rubin on the "Future of the US Foreign Service" at World Affairs in San Francisco.

Visit the link for more information: https://lnkd.in/esvYDEPJ

On November 19, please join Ride for Your Life, a ride to Congress in memory of  Sarah Langenkamp who was tragically kil...
11/04/2022

On November 19, please join Ride for Your Life, a ride to Congress in memory of Sarah Langenkamp who was tragically killed on August 25 while she was cycling home from her son’s elementary school.

AFSA members and broader FS family are invited to join FSO Dan Langenkamp, Trek CEO Jon Burke, and national cycling and street safety organizations for a memorial bike ride to the U.S. Congress to advocate for appropriations for improved bicyclist and pedestrian safety.

For more information, including how to register: http://TrekBikes.com/rideforyourlife

11/03/2022

in 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the United States Agency for International Development. Please join us in wishing our friends & colleagues at USAID - US Agency for International Development a very happy anniversary!

 For those unable to make it to our Award Ceremony on October 19, the recording of the event is now available.We greatly...
11/02/2022
AFSA Awards 2022

For those unable to make it to our Award Ceremony on October 19, the recording of the event is now available.

We greatly enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate and highlight so much incredible work and courage among our colleagues.

Watch it now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-vN7b5TJms

Ambassador Eric Rubin calls out both the administration and Congress on the painfully slow pace of nominations and confi...
11/02/2022
Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

Ambassador Eric Rubin calls out both the administration and Congress on the painfully slow pace of nominations and confirmations, asking, “Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?”

“Can’t anybody here play this game?” With a nod to the late, great baseball manager Casey Stengel, who asked this question about the 1962 New York Mets, it is getting harder to avoid asking the same question about our country’s senior diplomatic staffing.

Yesterday, AFSA welcomed the newest class of 57 U.S. Department of State Limited Non-Career Appointees (LNAs), most of w...
11/01/2022

Yesterday, AFSA welcomed the newest class of 57 U.S. Department of State Limited Non-Career Appointees (LNAs), most of whom will be serving as Consular Fellows. They are made up of former State Department employees, contractors, healthcare workers, members of the Armed Forces, and more. Welcome aboard!

The November  is out! In this issue: our annual collection of books by members of the Foreign Service community, an inte...
11/01/2022

The November is out! In this issue: our annual collection of books by members of the Foreign Service community, an interview with the head of State’s new cyber bureau, Machiavelli on how to be a good diplomat, memorializing the U.S. consular presence in Martinique, and more! https://afsa.org/fsj

Timeline photos
11/01/2022

Timeline photos

The November  will be out soon and will focus on Foreign Service authors.
10/31/2022

The November will be out soon and will focus on Foreign Service authors.

📸 Have a photo from your  adventures? We'd love to publish it & we’ll pay you for it! The Foreign Service Journal is see...
10/31/2022

📸 Have a photo from your adventures? We'd love to publish it & we’ll pay you for it!

The Foreign Service Journal is seeking high-resolution images taken by FS community members for our feature. Send yours to [email protected] . We’re offering a $200 honorarium for any submission we publish.

Visit www.afsa.org/fsj-author-guidelines for more information, and find inspiration from past contributions at https://afsa.org/fsj-archive

Today we had the pleasure of hosting the newest class of 21 USAID - US Agency for International Development Career Candi...
10/27/2022

Today we had the pleasure of hosting the newest class of 21 USAID - US Agency for International Development Career Candidate Corps members at AFSA-- in-person for the first time since before the pandemic!

It was great meeting everyone; welcome to the Foreign Service, and we look forward to seeing where your careers take you!

The View from Washington: More than 130 of our retired members met today with AFSA President Amb. Eric Rubin to hear abo...
10/25/2022

The View from Washington: More than 130 of our retired members met today with AFSA President Amb. Eric Rubin to hear about AFSA's efforts in our key areas of focus: expanding and reforming the to make it more modern, representative, and equipped to meet global challenges.

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Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

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Congratulations to Academy member Ambassador Anne Patterson, recipient of American Foreign Service Association's award for Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy. Read more about their annual awards in the December publication of the Foreign Service Journal.
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👀 VIDEO: Is the ready for the challenges of the 21st century? In collaboration with the American Foreign Service Association and the Japan Society of Northern California, our CEO Philip Yun spoke with Ambassador Eric Rubin earlier this month about America's vast diplomatic challenges. WATCH: https://www.worldaffairs.org/video-library/event/2247
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We would like to thank World Affairs and the American Foreign Service Association for collaborating with us on Thursday and host Amb. Eric Rubin in conversation with Philip Yun on the state of foreign affairs.
We are thrilled to join the American Foreign Service Association President Amb. Eric Rubin in-person on Thursday, Nov. 17 Affairs to discuss the state of American ! Learn about the current challenges facing the , then enjoy a cheese & wine reception!

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We are thrilled to host Ambassador Eric Rubin, president of the American Foreign Service Association, on Thursday, November 17 at 5:30 PM PT for an in-person discussion on the challenges currently facing US diplomacy and how we should equip the coming generation of American diplomats. Register here: https://bit.ly/3U7IidT
Congratulations to the 2022 M. Juanita Guess Award Winner - CLO of the Year - Christine Peterson 🎉

American Foreign Service Association recognizes the efforts of an outstanding Community Liaison Office (CLO) Coordinator through the annual M. Juanita Guess Award, which we are extremely proud to sponsor

Congratulations American Foreign Service Association for the much-deserved Excellence in Diplomacy Award, conferred by the Diplomacy Center Foundation. AFSA supports the
U.S. Department of State workforce in so many important ways.

DG Bernicat was thrilled to join the awards dinner - the first in person awards since 2019.
Congratulations to CLO of the Year - Christine Peterson, recipient of the American Foreign Service Association's M. Juanita Guess Award. Christine served as CLO Coordinator in Kabul, Afghanistan during Embassy Kabul's rapid closure in 2021. Christine supported exiting U.S. government personnel, advocated for families, and ensured the welfare and morale of thousands of locally-engaged staff and their family members. Learn more about CLO's role in our U.S. missions worldwide: bit.ly/GCLO_CLO
Exciting news! In collaboration with the American Foreign Service Association, we are pleased to launch the Nat'l High School . For more information on the contest and how to participate, please visit: https://usip.org/public-education/students/AFSAEssayContest
"The world is changing quickly. Africa must run fast to stay in the same place. Climate change makes it even more difficult to advance. Where does the hope for the future of lie?"

Mark G. Wentling expresses worry for the future of the continent for the American Foreign Service Association
Even with the uncertainties of the current conflict, former deputy secretary of NATO Rose Gottemoeller believes that Ukraine is stronger, more committed, and more democratic today than it would have been if it had kept its nuclear weapons.

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What led to Putin's invasion of ? Is there a diplomatic solution to the war? What can the U.S. do? Read our Ambassador William B. Taylor's recent Q&A with American Foreign Service Association:
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