Letter from Niger
Peace Corps Adventures in the Sahara
We are pleased to offer our readers the latest of a very special series of letters and photos from a regular collaborator, friend, and former U.S. ambassador now posted to Niger as Peace Corps Director.
When I arrived in Niger as the new Peace Corps director, I knew I had a lot to learn about this vast and varied country nearly twice the size of Texas. And since all of our 100-plus volunteers are stationed in rural villages and small towns, I was eager to get out of the capital, Niamey, to begin meeting them. [FULL TEXT]
Latest on State Department Reform
Stephanie S. Kinney, who contributed a most interesting study of Foreign Service attitudes and opinions to the Summer 2000 issue of the journal, sent us an Open Forum notice describing recent reform-related developments in Foggy Bottom.
The unfortunate reality . . . is that the Department of State is ill-equipped and ill-prepared to meet the foreign policy challenges of the 21st century. . . . As concerned professionals of the Department of State, we call on both political parties to recognize the strategic importance of a responsive, focused, and well-provisioned Department of State. We ask their bipartisan help to forge a revitalized and modernized foreign affairs institution that is fully trained, prepared and equipped to carry out the foreign policy of the next president of the United States. [FULL TEXT]