99 years of diplomatic history on your desktop

Sunday, May 14th 2017

Cover of the first Foreign Service Journal called American Consular Bulletin
Foreign Service Journal

When my paper copy of the Foreign Service Journal arrives, I set aside time to go through it from cover to cover.  There's always something about foreign affairs that I haven't seen in the various newspapers, newsletters and electronic sources I receive.

The American Foreign Service Association has announced recently an electronic archive going back 99 years.  You'll see from one of the first covers that in 1919, the Journal called itself the American Consular Bulletin and was published by the American Consular Association.

You can find articles by diplomatic superstars like George Kennan or delve into the arcana of visa policy or embassy technology, as well as amusing "day in the life" stories from our diplomats abroad.  Each edition is clearly marked with a thumbnail of its cover.  Click, and a Flipbook opens.

I'm having fun with this.  Join me by going to http://www.afsa.org/fsj-archives

 

Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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