The For­eign Ser­vice

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Leon Wein­traub

Mem­bers of the U.S. For­eign Ser­vice, the pro­fes­sional diplo­mats who rep­re­sent the United States gov­ern­ment and help U.S. ci­ti­zens abroad, have long been the tar­get of jibes from law­mak­ers, pun­dits and the pub­lic. Of­ten por­trayed in films as elit­ist dilet­tantes, they typ­i­cally come off sec­ond best com­pared with hard­charg­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cers or fo­cused in­tel­li­gence agents. But it’s worth tak­ing a closer look at the peo­ple who make up the For­eign Ser­vice and the work they do abroad.

LI­BRARY OF CONGRESS PRINTS AND PHO­TO­GRAPHS DI­VI­SION

The State De­part­ment’s sec­ond For­eign Ser­vice class. While of­fi­cers used to come mostly from the up­per classes, that isn’t so true to­day.

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