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).

Operating as usual

09/21/2021

U.S. Department of State officials are waiting much longer than Department of Defense counterparts to be confirmed. More DoD appointees have been confirmed since January, despite having significantly fewer political appointees. #ConfirmOurDiplomats

09/20/2021

The delays in confirming our foreign affairs officials are becoming a serious problem and can ultimately be a threat to our national security.

AFSA is ramping up calls to address the over-politicization of the processes that have led to these delays in nomination and confirmation of our foreign affairs professionals.

Join us in calling on the #Senate to #ConfirmOurDiplomats

This WEDNESDAY at 4:30pm ET. Join us on #InsideDiplomacy to examine the effect the last 20 years have had on the #Foreig...
09/20/2021

This WEDNESDAY at 4:30pm ET. Join us on #InsideDiplomacy to examine the effect the last 20 years have had on the #ForeignService. Register now! https://bit.ly/2WLZYTu

This WEDNESDAY at 4:30pm ET. Join us on #InsideDiplomacy to examine the effect the last 20 years have had on the #ForeignService. Register now! https://bit.ly/2WLZYTu

Interested in teaching and working in education overseas? Join this upcoming FSI Transition Center non-tuition webinar f...
09/17/2021

Interested in teaching and working in education overseas? Join this upcoming FSI Transition Center non-tuition webinar for EFMs that will provide an overview of working in the education field overseas. The course will cover an overview of teaching opportunities overseas, how to navigate the international hiring system, and relevant licensing requirements. Register here: https://bit.ly/3EsjPIU.

Interested in teaching and working in education overseas? Join this upcoming FSI Transition Center non-tuition webinar for EFMs that will provide an overview of working in the education field overseas. The course will cover an overview of teaching opportunities overseas, how to navigate the international hiring system, and relevant licensing requirements. Register here: https://bit.ly/3EsjPIU.

#DYK that the Foreign Service is known as America's First Line of Defense, yet we are a fraction of the size of the US M...
09/17/2021

#DYK that the Foreign Service is known as America's First Line of Defense, yet we are a fraction of the size of the US Military? #FactFriday

#DYK that the Foreign Service is known as America's First Line of Defense, yet we are a fraction of the size of the US Military? #FactFriday

This National #HispanicHeritageMonth, AFSA honors and recognizes the contributions of Hispanic-Americans, especially our...
09/16/2021

This National #HispanicHeritageMonth, AFSA honors and recognizes the contributions of Hispanic-Americans, especially our friends and colleagues in the #ForeignService.

This National #HispanicHeritageMonth, AFSA honors and recognizes the contributions of Hispanic-Americans, especially our friends and colleagues in the #ForeignService.

Join the Bureau of Medical Service’s Child & Family Programs and Mental Health teams and the Office of Overseas Schools ...
09/16/2021

Join the Bureau of Medical Service’s Child & Family Programs and Mental Health teams and the Office of Overseas Schools for an informative webinar covering the Autism Spectrum Diagnosis process (ASD), navigating educational support with a child with an ASD, and managing educational transitions. Register at: https://bit.ly/3kaJTQs.

Join the Bureau of Medical Service’s Child & Family Programs and Mental Health teams and the Office of Overseas Schools for an informative webinar covering the Autism Spectrum Diagnosis process (ASD), navigating educational support with a child with an ASD, and managing educational transitions. Register at: https://bit.ly/3kaJTQs.

The notion of American Exceptionalism has long shaped our approach to foreign policy. However, the events of the last tw...
09/16/2021

The notion of American Exceptionalism has long shaped our approach to foreign policy. However, the events of the last twenty years have led to a new reckoning with this idea. Is it time for a rethink?

Join us next week as we tackle this. Register now: https://bit.ly/2WLZYTu

#ForeignService

The notion of American Exceptionalism has long shaped our approach to foreign policy. However, the events of the last twenty years have led to a new reckoning with this idea. Is it time for a rethink?

Join us next week as we tackle this. Register now: https://bit.ly/2WLZYTu

#ForeignService

In his September #FSJ President’s Views column, Ambassador Eric Rubin urges the administration to work with AFSA to begi...
09/15/2021
Reform Can’t Wait: No Time to Waste

In his September #FSJ President’s Views column, Ambassador Eric Rubin urges the administration to work with AFSA to begin making needed reforms and presses the administration and Congress to fill ambassadorial and other top positions without further delay.

As I write, we are six months into the Biden administration. We are still wrestling with the traumatic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our world, our country and our profession. There are also some hopeful signs: a developing bipartisan consensus on increased foreign affairs funding, hiring and ove...

We join our community in celebrating #InternationalDemocracyDay. DYK that AFSA offers the Mark Palmer Award that recogni...
09/15/2021

We join our community in celebrating #InternationalDemocracyDay.

DYK that AFSA offers the Mark Palmer Award that recognizes a #ForeignService member who has worked hard to champion democracy? Learn more about the award and nominate a colleague ➡️: https://bit.ly/398qhGg

We join our community in celebrating #InternationalDemocracyDay.

DYK that AFSA offers the Mark Palmer Award that recognizes a #ForeignService member who has worked hard to champion democracy? Learn more about the award and nominate a colleague ➡️: https://bit.ly/398qhGg

The September 11 attacks changed many things about America, including how we conduct our foreign policy. What is the leg...
09/13/2021

The September 11 attacks changed many things about America, including how we conduct our foreign policy. What is the legacy of the post-9/11 foreign policy and its impact on our #ForeignService?

Join us on 9/22 as we discuss with Amb. Anne Patterson and Amb. Ronald E. Neumann. Register now: https://bit.ly/2WLZYTu

The September 11 attacks changed many things about America, including how we conduct our foreign policy. What is the legacy of the post-9/11 foreign policy and its impact on our #ForeignService?

Join us on 9/22 as we discuss with Amb. Anne Patterson and Amb. Ronald E. Neumann. Register now: https://bit.ly/2WLZYTu

On this difficult anniversary, we remember and honor the lives lost on that terrible day but also marvel at the resilien...
09/11/2021

On this difficult anniversary, we remember and honor the lives lost on that terrible day but also marvel at the resilience and strength of the American people. #NeverForget #September11th

On this difficult anniversary, we remember and honor the lives lost on that terrible day but also marvel at the resilience and strength of the American people. #NeverForget #September11th

09/10/2021

#DYK U.S. Agency for Global Media - USAGM is considered an arm of US #diplomacy? Its mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. #FunFactFriday

Every year on Labor Day, AFSA honors the work and contributions of our Foreign Service to the continued peace and prospe...
09/06/2021

Every year on Labor Day, AFSA honors the work and contributions of our Foreign Service to the continued peace and prosperity of the United States. Thank you for your dedication and service, even when it means putting yourselves at risk. #LaborDay2021

Every year on Labor Day, AFSA honors the work and contributions of our Foreign Service to the continued peace and prosperity of the United States. Thank you for your dedication and service, even when it means putting yourselves at risk. #LaborDay2021

09/03/2021

#DYK USAID - US Agency for International Development has 1,650 #ForeignService officers serving in more than 80 countries around the world. #Development is one of the key components of America's national security strategy, along with diplomacy and defense. #FunFactFriday

Interested in learning more about navigating your child’s education while living overseas? Register at https://bit.ly/3z...
09/01/2021

Interested in learning more about navigating your child’s education while living overseas? Register at https://bit.ly/3zAUjhN to join the FSI Transition Center’s “Ask the Education Expert” non-tuition webinar on September 8th. The Office of Overseas Schools will give a broad strokes overview of educating your child overseas (K-12) including: the variety of school options at posts, different education programs schools offer, transitioning between school systems, and what to consider when deciding which school is “right” for your child.

Interested in learning more about navigating your child’s education while living overseas? Register at https://bit.ly/3zAUjhN to join the FSI Transition Center’s “Ask the Education Expert” non-tuition webinar on September 8th. The Office of Overseas Schools will give a broad strokes overview of educating your child overseas (K-12) including: the variety of school options at posts, different education programs schools offer, transitioning between school systems, and what to consider when deciding which school is “right” for your child.

The September #FSJ is out! In this issue: a look back at September 11, 2001; whistleblower protection: a nonpartisan nec...
09/01/2021

The September #FSJ is out! In this issue: a look back at September 11, 2001; whistleblower protection: a nonpartisan necessity; the U.S. and Mongolia, 1986-1990; reform can’t wait; the remonstrating official; an old friend; right of boom; and more! https://afsa.org/fsj

The September #FSJ is out! In this issue: a look back at September 11, 2001; whistleblower protection: a nonpartisan necessity; the U.S. and Mongolia, 1986-1990; reform can’t wait; the remonstrating official; an old friend; right of boom; and more! https://afsa.org/fsj

The September issue of the #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on 9/11, twenty years later.
08/31/2021

The September issue of the #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on 9/11, twenty years later.

The September issue of the #FSJ will be out soon and will focus on 9/11, twenty years later.

08/30/2021
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We've received many questions about how to help the Afghan staff who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. One way you can help is by donating to the Foreign Service National Emergency Relief Fund: https://bit.ly/3jkcrGT. Anyone can donate. #Afghanistan

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08/27/2021

#DYK There are still 55 Ambassador nominees awaiting confirmation, including to France, Germany, Turkey, NATO and the EU. #FactFriday

Are you preparing for your next domestic to international move? If so, sign up to attend the FSI Transition Center’s “Re...
08/23/2021

Are you preparing for your next domestic to international move? If so, sign up to attend the FSI Transition Center’s “Ready, Set, Travel” webinar on August 25th: https://forms.gle/srvfECVUSgFCG93RA. This free webinar will provide course participants - including both new and seasoned foreign affairs professionals and family members - with useful information, resources, and tips to prepare for a domestic to overseas transfer (info applicable to community members whose agencies follow Department of State transfer allowances and procedures).

Are you preparing for your next domestic to international move? If so, sign up to attend the FSI Transition Center’s “Ready, Set, Travel” webinar on August 25th: https://forms.gle/srvfECVUSgFCG93RA. This free webinar will provide course participants - including both new and seasoned foreign affairs professionals and family members - with useful information, resources, and tips to prepare for a domestic to overseas transfer (info applicable to community members whose agencies follow Department of State transfer allowances and procedures).

#DYK that AFSA keeps a close eye on all nominations for Ambassador and senior official posts? www.afsa.org/ambassadorlis...
08/20/2021

#DYK that AFSA keeps a close eye on all nominations for Ambassador and senior official posts? www.afsa.org/ambassadorlist #FunFactFriday

#DYK that AFSA keeps a close eye on all nominations for Ambassador and senior official posts? www.afsa.org/ambassadorlist #FunFactFriday

AFSA welcomed a new class of USAID - US Agency for International Development #ForeignService recruits on Friday. This cl...
08/16/2021

AFSA welcomed a new class of USAID - US Agency for International Development #ForeignService recruits on Friday. This class has an even gender split, 28 languages spoken and 11 backstops. One member has been to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and another deep under the ocean in a research submersible, and now they will journey all over the world. Welcome to the Foreign Service! #FSProud

#InternationalDevelopment

AFSA welcomed a new class of USAID - US Agency for International Development #ForeignService recruits on Friday. This class has an even gender split, 28 languages spoken and 11 backstops. One member has been to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and another deep under the ocean in a research submersible, and now they will journey all over the world. Welcome to the Foreign Service! #FSProud

#InternationalDevelopment

AFSA President Eric Rubin reviews the 2019-2021 Governing Board term in his column.
08/16/2021
A Governing Board Term Unlike Any Other

AFSA President Eric Rubin reviews the 2019-2021 Governing Board term in his column.

As the current AFSA Governing Board’s term comes to an end, I think it is fair to say that despite very unusual circumstances we accomplished a great deal, both in terms of achieving positive change that benefits our members and protecting the Foreign Service and our members from threats and hosti...

No Ambassadors have yet been nominated for posts in Beijing, Seoul, Kabul, Islamabad, Riyadh, London, Paris, Rome, Preto...
08/13/2021

No Ambassadors have yet been nominated for posts in Beijing, Seoul, Kabul, Islamabad, Riyadh, London, Paris, Rome, Pretoria, or Kyiv, just to name a few. #FactFriday #DYK

No Ambassadors have yet been nominated for posts in Beijing, Seoul, Kabul, Islamabad, Riyadh, London, Paris, Rome, Pretoria, or Kyiv, just to name a few. #FactFriday #DYK

08/12/2021

AFSA presented to newly retired and retiring members of the #ForeignService participating in the FSI Job Search Program informing them about the benefits of AFSA membership in retirement. We thank them for their commitment and years of service to their country. #FSProud

AFSA President Eric Rubin joined today’s Animal Wellness Action press conference to advocate for our members serving ove...
08/09/2021

AFSA President Eric Rubin joined today’s Animal Wellness Action press conference to advocate for our members serving overseas. AFSA is calling for CDC to grant exemptions for U.S. personnel who have received travel orders and who carry health certificates and proof of rabies vaccinations.

AFSA President Eric Rubin joined today’s Animal Wellness Action press conference to advocate for our members serving overseas. AFSA is calling for CDC to grant exemptions for U.S. personnel who have received travel orders and who carry health certificates and proof of rabies vaccinations.

40 survivors of the bombings shared their experiences with the FSJ of that terrible day and of how they carried on and r...
08/07/2021
Reflections on the U.S. Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

40 survivors of the bombings shared their experiences with the FSJ of that terrible day and of how they carried on and rebuilt their lives afterward. Read those essays now.

On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on two U.S. embassies, American, Kenyan and Tanzanian survivors reflect on that seminal event and its aftermath.

On this day 23 years ago, two bombs exploded in front of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam Tanzania, le...
08/07/2021

On this day 23 years ago, two bombs exploded in front of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam Tanzania, leaving more than 200 dead and 5,000 injured. This anniversary serves as a sobering reminder about the dangers the Foreign Service faces daily, working on the front line of international affairs.

On this day 23 years ago, two bombs exploded in front of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam Tanzania, leaving more than 200 dead and 5,000 injured. This anniversary serves as a sobering reminder about the dangers the Foreign Service faces daily, working on the front line of international affairs.

The sheer number of political appointments at the U.S. Department of State is one of the drivers of the delays of staffi...
08/06/2021

The sheer number of political appointments at the U.S. Department of State is one of the drivers of the delays of staffing important positions at home and abroad. #FactFriday #DYK

The sheer number of political appointments at the U.S. Department of State is one of the drivers of the delays of staffing important positions at home and abroad. #FactFriday #DYK

AFSA was pleased to meet with two new classes of #ForeignService recruits last week. These classes are made up of talent...
08/03/2021

AFSA was pleased to meet with two new classes of #ForeignService recruits last week. These classes are made up of talented professionals who will serve as Economic, Political and Public Diplomacy officers, Construction Engineers, Diplomatic Security Special Agents, and more. Included in the class are 36 former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and others who have worked as attorneys, teachers, engineers, and with the U.S. government. Congrats! #FSProud

AFSA was pleased to meet with two new classes of #ForeignService recruits last week. These classes are made up of talented professionals who will serve as Economic, Political and Public Diplomacy officers, Construction Engineers, Diplomatic Security Special Agents, and more. Included in the class are 36 former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and others who have worked as attorneys, teachers, engineers, and with the U.S. government. Congrats! #FSProud

Delays in nominations and confirmations of our foreign affairs officials are leaving many important positions unfilled a...
07/30/2021

Delays in nominations and confirmations of our foreign affairs officials are leaving many important positions unfilled and hampering America's ability to be a global leader. #FactFriday #DYK

Delays in nominations and confirmations of our foreign affairs officials are leaving many important positions unfilled and hampering America's ability to be a global leader. #FactFriday #DYK

On this day in 1789, Congress established the U.S. Department of State (then called the Department of Foreign Affairs). ...
07/27/2021

On this day in 1789, Congress established the U.S. Department of State (then called the Department of Foreign Affairs). Wishing our friends & colleagues at the State Department a very happy 232nd anniversary! #ForeignService #HBD

On this day in 1789, Congress established the U.S. Department of State (then called the Department of Foreign Affairs). Wishing our friends & colleagues at the State Department a very happy 232nd anniversary! #ForeignService #HBD

Last week, you saw a sneak peek of our 2021 award winners for Exemplary Performance and Constructive Dissent. We're now ...
07/26/2021

Last week, you saw a sneak peek of our 2021 award winners for Exemplary Performance and Constructive Dissent.

We're now proud to share the rest of the award winners and their stories. Please join us in congratulating this fantastic group of #ForeignService professionals and family members for their service to the profession and country. For more details on the awards, visit https://bit.ly/3iEgBrE.

Last week, you saw a sneak peek of our 2021 award winners for Exemplary Performance and Constructive Dissent.

We're now proud to share the rest of the award winners and their stories. Please join us in congratulating this fantastic group of #ForeignService professionals and family members for their service to the profession and country. For more details on the awards, visit https://bit.ly/3iEgBrE.

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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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