Resources

The American Foreign Service Association put together the following list of blogs that are useful, interesting, or both. Please use the Contact page to notify us of dead, broken, or inappropriate links.

Official Blogs and Resources

State Department Foreign Service Officers

These are the personal journal blogs of Foreign Service Officers with the Department of State. They cover all FS generalist career tracks — political, public affairs, economic, consular, and management — and include everyone from new A-100 new hires to ambassadors.

USAID Foreign Service Officers

These are the personal journal blogs of Foreign Service officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

State Department Foreign Service Specialists

These are the personal journal blogs of Foreign Service Specialists.

Foreign Service Spouses and Partners

The spouses and partners of the Foreign Service make terrific bloggers! Their posts contain interesting stories and observations from their everyday lives that demonstrate how cultural differences affect the FS family while abroad. For those applicants considering what impact FS life would have upon their spouse or partner, these blogs will provide a wealth of insight on managing careers, raising children abroad, handling moves and dealing with the other challenges of FS life. They will also provide candid, first-hand accounts of the opportunities that FS life has opened up for the bloggers.

Both Spouses

The both-spouses approach is a popular way for FS couples to communicate their shared experiences. Some of these bloggers are ‘tandem couples,’ meaning that both the husband and the wife are Foreign Service employees. Their blogs provide two different perspectives on life at their post, as well as insight on the challenges and opportunities that the FS has presented in their relationships.

Foreign Service Families

The family newsletter is a popular form of blogging for FS employees and family members. The family sets up a collective blog to provide an account of their lives for friends and family back home. The FS employee and spouse are usually the main bloggers, with FS kids writing the occasional post. These blogs provide first-hand accounts of family life abroad and raising children in the FS.

News and Opinion with a Foreign Service Bent

These bloggers synthesize and analyze all the news pertaining to Foreign Service life and U.S. foreign policy. They carefully search through news Web sites, press releases and other Foreign Service blogs to find relevant stories.

Resources for Unaccompanied Tours

What exactly will it be like when you arrive in Kabul? What challenges will you face in Baghdad? What will all this mean for your family back home? These blogs are accounts of unaccompanied tours from the FS employees who have ‘been there, done that.’ They offer candid insights and helpful advice on living and working in challenging conditions.

Retiree Blogs

Former members of the Foreign Service have an entire career’s worth of insights on U.S. foreign policy and the internal politics of the countries in which they served. Many of them write high-quality, well-researched posts that provide commentary on current world events. Others reflect upon their experiences as U.S. diplomats.

Critical Blogs

These are blogs that discuss topics related to the Foreign Service from a more critical perspective.

Miscellaneous Blogs

Diplomacy and diplomatic history

Career resources

Foreign Service advocacy