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.
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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).

Operating as usual

05/03/2021

🚨 Calling all members of the #ForeignService! Leading up to Foreign Service Day on May 7, tell us why you are #FSProud and tag your friends and colleagues (and us!) to share why they are proud to serve or to have served.

“Obviously we are watching... so far we have seen a very diverse set of nominees which we think is critical in light of ...
04/30/2021
Biden donors, friends and former aides expected on first slate of high-profile ambassadors

“Obviously we are watching... so far we have seen a very diverse set of nominees which we think is critical in light of the real deficit of diversity in the State Department and Foreign Service.” -AFSA President Eric Rubin

After nearly five decades in politics, Biden’s long list of allies — who are mostly White and male — complicates his picks for plum overseas jobs.

The May #FSJ is out! In this issue: diplomatic issues in the Arctic Region, closing State’s education gap, Raqqa’s Infer...
04/30/2021

The May #FSJ is out! In this issue: diplomatic issues in the Arctic Region, closing State’s education gap, Raqqa’s Inferno, a victory against McCarthyism, the 1619 Project and public diplomacy, and more! https://afsa.org/fsj

The May #FSJ is out! In this issue: diplomatic issues in the Arctic Region, closing State’s education gap, Raqqa’s Inferno, a victory against McCarthyism, the 1619 Project and public diplomacy, and more! https://afsa.org/fsj

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a U.S. embassy? Turning 10 this month, AFSA’s bestseller offers an up-close a...
04/29/2021
Inside a U.S. Embassy

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a U.S. embassy? Turning 10 this month, AFSA’s bestseller offers an up-close and personal look into the work and lives of our #diplomats. Check it out for yourself: https://www.afsa.org/inside #ForeignService #BookBirthday

The essential guide to the Foreign Service, published in 2011 by FS Books, a division of the American Foreign Service Association.

The May #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on Arctic diplomacy.
04/29/2021

The May #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on Arctic diplomacy.

The May #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on Arctic diplomacy.

04/26/2021

The Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience (CEFAR) presents “A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Resilience in Times of Hope and Uncertainty,” a five-week series of free webinars exploring research-based resilience habits that can keep you strong and help build caring, supportive and productive teams.

Join resilience experts, practitioners and leaders from academia, the Department of State and across the foreign affairs community as CEFAR builds on its three previous webinar series that attracted more than 12,000 participants during the first year of the pandemic. Register now at https://bit.ly/3dRDQ0b.

04/23/2021

AFSA was pleased to welcome new Foreign Commercial Service Officers to the Foreign Service! Did you know that the Foreign Commercial Service works in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 countries to help U.S. companies export and increase sales to foreign markets, keeping America a major force in global trade?

AFSA’s book Inside a U.S. Embassy turns 10 this month! A 2017 Washington Post bestseller, it’s a must-have resource for ...
04/22/2021

AFSA’s book Inside a U.S. Embassy turns 10 this month! A 2017 Washington Post bestseller, it’s a must-have resource for all those considering joining the #ForeignService. Have you gotten your copy yet? https://www.afsa.org/inside #BookBirthday

AFSA’s book Inside a U.S. Embassy turns 10 this month! A 2017 Washington Post bestseller, it’s a must-have resource for all those considering joining the #ForeignService. Have you gotten your copy yet? https://www.afsa.org/inside #BookBirthday

Educating Your Special Needs Child in the Foreign Affairs Community – April 29 free webinar by the Foreign Service Insti...
04/22/2021

Educating Your Special Needs Child in the Foreign Affairs Community – April 29 free webinar by the Foreign Service Institute’s Transition Center. Designed for parents of children with special educational needs who are or will be assigned to a U.S. mission abroad. Register at https://forms.gle/W1w9uDz67vz76Ty29. Hear from MED and the Office of Overseas Schools about the most up-to-date information on the Special Education Needs Allowance and how to navigate finding a school for your child with special educational needs.

Educating Your Special Needs Child in the Foreign Affairs Community – April 29 free webinar by the Foreign Service Institute’s Transition Center. Designed for parents of children with special educational needs who are or will be assigned to a U.S. mission abroad. Register at https://forms.gle/W1w9uDz67vz76Ty29. Hear from MED and the Office of Overseas Schools about the most up-to-date information on the Special Education Needs Allowance and how to navigate finding a school for your child with special educational needs.

Wishing all a happy #EarthDay2021. #DYK that several of our Foreign Service agencies are working to combat climate chang...
04/22/2021

Wishing all a happy #EarthDay2021. #DYK that several of our Foreign Service agencies are working to combat climate change and its effects including USAID, State, FAS, and APHIS? Take a few moments today to learn more about their important work. #ForeignService

Wishing all a happy #EarthDay2021. #DYK that several of our Foreign Service agencies are working to combat climate change and its effects including USAID, State, FAS, and APHIS? Take a few moments today to learn more about their important work. #ForeignService

“We at AFSA want to seize this hopeful and urgent moment. We need your advice and suggestions on how we can best serve y...
04/21/2021
Taking Care of Our Colleagues—and Ourselves

“We at AFSA want to seize this hopeful and urgent moment. We need your advice and suggestions on how we can best serve you in helping to build a healthier and happier career Foreign Service.”

Life in the Foreign Service is always challenging. The constant moves, the stresses on spouses and families, the unfamiliar illnesses and the recurring heavy doses of risk can make our profession hard to sustain.

You heard about her work to combat human trafficking in Costa Rica at our Diplomats at Work event. Tune in to this week’...
04/14/2021
American Diplomat: Is 757 Years Enough?

You heard about her work to combat human trafficking in Costa Rica at our Diplomats at Work event. Tune in to this week’s American Diplomat podcast to hear Supervisory Special Agent Kala Bokelman provide more details about this case. And if you haven’t already, check out Kala’s article in the FSJ at https://bit.ly/2RtKzEF.

It's 5:30am, and Kala Bokelman of the Diplomatic Security Service is one of many staking out a professional photographer named Solano's house on a skinny on a dead-end street in Costa Rica. Together with Costa Rican security, the DSS helps bust a child pornography ring resulting in 757 years in pris...

This World Health Day, we reflect on the importance all of us working toward a fairer, healthier world. The COVID-19 pan...
04/07/2021

This World Health Day, we reflect on the importance all of us working toward a fairer, healthier world. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how unequal access to good healthcare is. The work of our Foreign Service to rebuild alliances is key to helping make this a reality.

This World Health Day, we reflect on the importance all of us working toward a fairer, healthier world. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how unequal access to good healthcare is. The work of our Foreign Service to rebuild alliances is key to helping make this a reality.

The April #FSJ is out! In this issue: the work of diplomacy continues amid today’s considerable challenges, effective pu...
04/01/2021

The April #FSJ is out! In this issue: the work of diplomacy continues amid today’s considerable challenges, effective public diplomacy: lessons from Tuk-Tam, remembering Secretary George P. Shultz, twelve retirement pitfalls to avoid, and more! https://afsa.org/fsj

The April #FSJ is out! In this issue: the work of diplomacy continues amid today’s considerable challenges, effective public diplomacy: lessons from Tuk-Tam, remembering Secretary George P. Shultz, twelve retirement pitfalls to avoid, and more! https://afsa.org/fsj

Latest AFSA partner American Diplomat podcast episode: “Combatting Anti-Blackness as a Diplomat of Color.” Have you chec...
03/31/2021
American Diplomat: Combatting Anti-Blackness as a Diplomat of Color

Latest AFSA partner American Diplomat podcast episode: “Combatting Anti-Blackness as a Diplomat of Color.” Have you checked it out yet? Listen below or wherever you get your podcasts. #ForeignService

As a diplomat of color, how did the murder of George Floyd inspire Christian Loubeau, Security Council negotiator for the United States mission to the United Nations, to create change at USUN? And, how exactly do you conduct multilateral negotiation on behalf of the US?

The April #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on diplomacy in an age of disruption.
03/31/2021

The April #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on diplomacy in an age of disruption.

The April #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on diplomacy in an age of disruption.

In case you missed it last week, AFSA hosted “Diplomats at Work: Combatting Human Trafficking.” Fantastic discussion abo...
03/30/2021
Diplomats at Work: Combating Human Trafficking

In case you missed it last week, AFSA hosted “Diplomats at Work: Combatting Human Trafficking.” Fantastic discussion about the important work of the Diplomatic Security Service. You can still catch it here: https://youtu.be/ao_ZfyO5eDk.

Diplomats at Work is a new virtual series designed to introduce new audiences to the important and varied work of the U.S. Foreign Service. For our first eve...

“This is a critical time in terms of America’s role in the world. We need a strong, diverse and talented pool of people ...
03/29/2021
Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again

“This is a critical time in terms of America’s role in the world. We need a strong, diverse and talented pool of people from which to select our newest diplomats and aid officers.” -AFSA president Eric Rubin

Interest in becoming a diplomat has grown, and President Biden’s outreach to other nations is appealing to aspiring diplomats, many of whom felt alienated by Trump policies.

What a great discussion earlier this week about the important and varied work of the State Department Diplomatic Securit...
03/26/2021

What a great discussion earlier this week about the important and varied work of the State Department Diplomatic Security Service. #DiplomatsAtWork

What a great discussion earlier this week about the important and varied work of the State Department Diplomatic Security Service. #DiplomatsAtWork

03/26/2021

This week, AFSA welcomed a new class of USAID #ForeignService recruits. What an impressive group that includes experts in Democracy and Governance, Health, Environment, and Crisis Management. Congratulations to them! #FSproud #InternationalDevelopment

Lack of fairness and transparency in the assignment restrictions process undercuts both employees and the State Departme...
03/25/2021
In Pursuit of Transparency in Assignment Restriction Policies | The Foreign Service Journal - September 2017

Lack of fairness and transparency in the assignment restrictions process undercuts both employees and the State Department. Asian-American employees took it on, and in 2017 AFSA honored them with one of its awards for constructive dissent.

Lack of fairness and transparency in the assignment restrictions process undercuts both employees and the State Department. Asian-American employees took it on.

An Asian-American member of the Senior Foreign Service who immigrated to the United States as a child reflects on her jo...
03/24/2021
The Making of a Real American Diplomat

An Asian-American member of the Senior Foreign Service who immigrated to the United States as a child reflects on her journey.

A senior member of the Foreign Service who immigrated to the United States as a child reflects on her journey.

Today at 12pm! Join us as we chat with Supervisory Special Agent Kala Bokelman about her work combating human traffickin...
03/24/2021

Today at 12pm! Join us as we chat with Supervisory Special Agent Kala Bokelman about her work combating human trafficking in Costa Rica. Register here: https://bit.ly/3rgoPJq.

Today at 12pm! Join us as we chat with Supervisory Special Agent Kala Bokelman about her work combating human trafficking in Costa Rica. Register here: https://bit.ly/3rgoPJq.

Continuing our celebration of women’s achievements this month (and every month!), we are especially proud of those who p...
03/23/2021

Continuing our celebration of women’s achievements this month (and every month!), we are especially proud of those who paved the way for today’s women in the #ForeignService. From a 1969 #FSJ piece: http://bit.ly/3tGrUTM #WomensHistoryMonth

Continuing our celebration of women’s achievements this month (and every month!), we are especially proud of those who paved the way for today’s women in the #ForeignService. From a 1969 #FSJ piece: http://bit.ly/3tGrUTM #WomensHistoryMonth

Did you know some diplomats are uniquely equipped to tackle transnational crime? Join us March 24 at 12pm EDT to hear mo...
03/22/2021

Did you know some diplomats are uniquely equipped to tackle transnational crime? Join us March 24 at 12pm EDT to hear more. You can register here: https://bit.ly/3rgoPJq.

Did you know some diplomats are uniquely equipped to tackle transnational crime? Join us March 24 at 12pm EDT to hear more. You can register here: https://bit.ly/3rgoPJq.

Are you curious about the work of the U.S. Foreign Service? If so, our new series Diplomats at Work is for you! Join us ...
03/17/2021

Are you curious about the work of the U.S. Foreign Service? If so, our new series Diplomats at Work is for you! Join us as we talk to Supervisory Special Agent Kala Bokelman about her work with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. Register here: https://bit.ly/3rgoPJq.

If you are an AFSA member and/or well versed in the work of the Foreign Service, help us spread the word about this event! #DiplomatsAtWork

Are you curious about the work of the U.S. Foreign Service? If so, our new series Diplomats at Work is for you! Join us as we talk to Supervisory Special Agent Kala Bokelman about her work with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. Register here: https://bit.ly/3rgoPJq.

If you are an AFSA member and/or well versed in the work of the Foreign Service, help us spread the word about this event! #DiplomatsAtWork

“We will be pushing hard on all fronts for major, visible steps to return the Foreign Service to its rightful place at t...
03/17/2021
What We Need Now

“We will be pushing hard on all fronts for major, visible steps to return the Foreign Service to its rightful place at the center of foreign affairs and foreign assistance policymaking.”

By the time you read this column, the Biden administration will be in its second full month, and many of the top jobs in our foreign affairs agencies should have been filled with the consent of the Senate.

#ICYMI, we had a great discussion last week about the Future of U.S. Global Leadership. You can still watch it here: htt...
03/15/2021

#ICYMI, we had a great discussion last week about the Future of U.S. Global Leadership. You can still watch it here: https://youtu.be/fZEL-nAEESM

#ICYMI, we had a great discussion last week about the Future of U.S. Global Leadership. You can still watch it here: https://youtu.be/fZEL-nAEESM

Great opportunity for those interested in plant sciences: USDA APHIS is funding a new graduate fellowship program. USDA’...
03/15/2021
APHIS Foreign Service Fellowship Program

Great opportunity for those interested in plant sciences: USDA APHIS is funding a new graduate fellowship program. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), in partnership with Tuskegee University & Howard University, will provide funding, mentorship, & support for qualified students. Read more here: https://afsfprogram.org. Applications due March 18.

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Foreign Service Fellowship Program (AFSFP) is a new program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that attracts and prepares outstanding individuals for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Healt...

This Wednesday, March 17, the Foreign Service Institute’s Transition Center will hold one of its most popular webinars: ...
03/15/2021

This Wednesday, March 17, the Foreign Service Institute’s Transition Center will hold one of its most popular webinars: “Cross-Cultural Communication for the Foreign Affairs Community.”

This course is open to all foreign affairs employees and their adult Eligible Family Members. Check out course and registration details here: https://bit.ly/2Q262UJ.

Cross-cultural communication is an essential skill in building a more inclusive workforce and vital for intercultural interaction both domestically and abroad. An expert in cross-cultural communication will lead this two-part interactive session.

This Wednesday, March 17, the Foreign Service Institute’s Transition Center will hold one of its most popular webinars: “Cross-Cultural Communication for the Foreign Affairs Community.”

This course is open to all foreign affairs employees and their adult Eligible Family Members. Check out course and registration details here: https://bit.ly/2Q262UJ.

Cross-cultural communication is an essential skill in building a more inclusive workforce and vital for intercultural interaction both domestically and abroad. An expert in cross-cultural communication will lead this two-part interactive session.

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Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
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I am a retired FSSO. I served twice in Damascus in 1965-66 and again in 1974-77. I am writing my memoir for my family and would like to include a photo of the Embassy in Damascus. Pictures available on line are all of the new building. I would appreciate it if anyone with a photo of the old nuilding would share it with me. You can contact me at [email protected].
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The Foreign Service is not racist generally but it has some racist, sexist, exploitive policies and procedures and it operates in a racist, sexist, exploitive society under racist, sexist, exploitive policies and laws. So what is crucial is not only weeding out the racist, etc. parts internal to the foreign service but changing the systemic racism, sexism, etc. in which the foreign service operates. We must review and transform the policies, laws, and procedures within which we operate, making them neutral with regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, etc. Otherwise, our internal efforts will not come close to bearing the fruit we intend. One other point, our biggest problem in the US is the huge and growing wealth gap. This gap has destabilized our country, contributes to the polarization of our society and polity, demolishes our democracy, and is killing us economically. This wealth gap results from our predatory capitalist system. This American capitalism adds to the difficulties in diversifying the foreign service. Not only is the foreign service enmeshed in predatory capitalism, we are pushing it on the rest of the world. This is perhaps our greatest challenge going forward: how to rein in our American brand of capitalism, to reduce the wealth gap, to make our society and economy more equitable, to diversify our society and economy and to start encouraging other countries to do the same. Kristin Loken FSO retired
It is far too difficult to donate to the scholarship funds. I have been trying to do so for the Omar Sykes Memorial scholarship Fund for the last 45 days (and enable family and friends to do so as well) and still cannot find a way to do so. Can you find a way to make this easier? Thank you
I’m looking to get in contact with W. Robert Kohorst, US ambassador to Croatia. Can you assist me in finding his email address? Thanks
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We need US Defence industry help in Bangladesh Air Force(Specially now),Navy (After BAF),Army because Myanmar threat to Bangladesh teritory(By Burma Air Force,Army).Myanmar Air Force,Army regullarly give threat to Bangladesh because of Royanga issue by help China,India.USA please help Bangladesh Defence.Bangladesh need USA Govt defence Support on Bangladesh defence for defeating Myanmar Threat by China support(on Myanmar).
Why don't we have videos like this?: https://youtu.be/Kvt40yL6w2E
your discrimination is against to me when I love your community standards- however, your community standards looks like the best TV when It receives what and then it releases what because the TV is without had its brain. Ironically, your community standards lives in its modern nation, but it is selfish oneself. When your community standards did not realize to the super values of the American law and the United States Constitution, your community standards does respect to invade foreign nations when your community standards does not understand about the burden of suffering of the Southern Officers that they were betrayed by their American law, Congress, and Constitution because your discrimination of community standards is fixed mindset.
please I have dreaming from childhood of becoming a diplomat,but that dream was not fulfil due to scarcity of funds,please I want to use this medium to appeal to the Association to help actualise this dream and vision