Sounding the Alarm on State Department Staffing

The president of the American Foreign Service Association, Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, has sounded the alarm over what she describes as an effort by the Trump administration to weaken the Department of State (DOS) by slashing staffing, leaving senior management positions unfilled, and freezing hiring for new entry level officers.  This will severely undermine State’s ability to represent America’s interests.  Is it any wonder, as Ambassador Stephenson points out, that in 2017 only about 8000 individuals took the challenging Foreign Service exam—less than half the number (more than 17,000) who took the same exam in 2016? I served as a...

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