Thursday, July 27, 2006

...And what is it you do?

What do I do? Well that's pretty simple and obvious. Someday I'll have something else, but I'm fine with house and kids for now. I've been doing it for 10 years, why change? OK, OK, I will get going... someday.

But what does Ian do? Folks outside the State Department are generally clueless what an Officer in the SD does. That's changing in our changing times, we hear more about Embassies and the folks in them as the news involves evacuations, Embassy bombings, attempts at diplomacy and so much more.

There's a book out called Inside a U.S. Embassy: How the Foreign Service Works for America and another called Realities of Foreign Service Life. You can buy both through But currently on NPR you can read and hear a 2-part series on Life in the Foreign Service with excerpts from both books. Check it out.

BTW, a second edition of Realities of Foreign Service Life will be out soon. You all might want to pick up a copy.

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