TFSG, founded in 1994, is a group of 40 people who have spent time outside of America with America's Foreign Service, academia, or business, or as an accompanying family member.
THE FOREIGN SERVICE GROUP
June 2019 Luncheon Meeting
Donald M. Sheehan
“The U.S. Hostage Recovery Enterprise:
Entrée: Choice of
Dessert: Crème Caramel (rich and silky custard topped with a caramel sauce)
Note: John Wood will be stepping down as TFSG President at the June luncheon, so the luncheon will include a recognition of John’s years of service to TFSG.
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance and menu choices by noon on Tuesday, June 4.
Lunch begins at noon. Members $24, guests accompanied by members $30. No new reservations after 12 noon on Tuesday, June 4. No-shows or cancellations after this date will be billed for their lunch. AFSA and DACOR members are welcome to attend one luncheon per year, except for the December luncheon, at the member price.
Checks made out to TFSG and mailed in advance is our preferred payment method (P.O. Box 50246, Austin, TX 78763-0246). Please include your menu choices, your name, and a phone number or email address so we can confirm your reservation. All reservations are confirmed, so if you do not get a confirmation, please contact us.
TFSG memberships are $30 per person for three years or $12 per person per year. The three-year membership price for those who live more than 50 miles from Austin or are over 90 years of age is $20 for one person and a spouse/partner living at the same address. Memberships make excellent gifts for people who have spent years overseas and their family members.
About Our Speaker
Don Sheehan received his BS degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1978. After serving as a U.S. Army officer and commander, Don toured the world for a year before working in the private sector and obtaining an MBA degree from George Mason University in 1991. Don joined the State Department in 1993 as a Foreign Service Officer and had his first diplomatic assignment in Krakow, Poland.
Now the Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) to the Commanding General of U.S. Army North, Don recently completed two years as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (S/SPEHA) to help coordinate diplomatic, military, investigative, and intelligence activities to bring U.S. hostages home. Prior to that he was a senior fellow and Diplomat in Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and spent one year as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), helping oversee U.S. policy covering the ocean, climate change, wildlife trafficking, managing the Ebola crisis, and microbial diseases, while promoting diplomacy through science.
From 1998 to 2004, Don was in Washington, DC, where he was the State Department’s representative to the North American Free Trade Accord (NAFTA, 2002-2004), Romania desk officer (2000-2002), and in the SEED Assistance Coordinator’s office (1998-2000), where he oversaw $650 million in U.S. assistance and private investment programs to help revitalize private sector economies in Central Europe, from the Baltics to the Balkans. Don also served as a Vice Consul in Krakow, Poland (1994-1996), and as the Economic Officer in Tunis, Tunisia (1996-1998).
From 1985-1990, Don worked in the private sector at a law firm while obtaining his MBA in International Finance. From 1979-1984, Don was an army captain who commanded a field artillery battery of 150 men in Augsburg, Germany.
Don speaks French, Polish, and passable German; is married; and has three college graduates who love the Foreign Service life.
Information of Interest
Austin is home to several groups who bring in experts on various aspects of national and international affairs, and some of their upcoming major speakers/events are listed on their websites. Please share this list with your friends.
Clements Center events (University of Texas at Austin)
Strauss Center events (University of Texas at Austin
Kozmetsky Center events (St. Edward’s University)
LBJ Presidential Library events
The University of North Carolina publishes some excellent reading in their magazine, American Diplomacy (Americandiplomacy.web.unc.edu). The current issue includes this message from the publisher:
Welcome to the May edition of American Diplomacy. In this issue, we mark NATO’s 70th anniversary with a selection of links and articles. We also recall the Rwanda genocide through the analysis of former Ambassador to Rwanda Robert E. Gribbin and the eyewitness accounts of USAID colleagues. Amb. Gribbin includes a unique list of books about Rwanda.
Our Commentary section covers several regions and topics: Judith Heimann discusses what might happen when a diplomat disagrees with official policy; Professor Mikael Barfod analyzes the state of multilateralism today and a possible role for the EU; NYU professor Alon Ben-Meir on U.S./Iran/Israel and a possible greater role for the EU; Georgetown visiting scholar Ophir Falk treats the difficulty and necessity of defining terrorism; and career diplomat Louis Sell revisits Kosovo and reviews its short history since independence.
Eyewitness reports take us to Germany through Richard Gilbert’s recollections of the U.S. Embassy move from Bonn to Berlin and Ambassador (ret) Pru Bushnell’s look at the U.S. food airlift to Berlin as an effective form of security policy; Hans Tuch discusses arms control in the Reagan administration, recounting a master stroke of public diplomacy in Presidents Reagan’s speech to the Bundestag amid German public fear of nuclear weapons in Germany. And Diane Johnston recounts China’s opening to educational and cultural exchange with the U.S. through a tribute to a courageous Chinese who supported the effort.
In this section, we are also pleased to inform you of the availability, at the Duke University Archives, of Ambassador Jack and Rebecca Matlock’s papers, which span more than three decades of a remarkable career in diplomacy.
Our Books Editor has selected seven new publications sure to be of interest and features two reviews: Jon Dorschner looks at Reimagining Pakistan (Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State) by Hussain Haqqani, and Don Camp reviews a new biography of Richard Holbrooke, George Packer’s Our Man.
Our next issue is scheduled for September 1. Until then, we wish you a relaxing and peaceful summer. Renee M Earle, Publisher