Saturday, January 14, 2017

Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Jasper R. Daniels:  DIR 2016 - 2018
The current Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region is Jasper R. Daniels, a Foreign Service Specialist who began his career as a Support Communications Officer in 1985. Currently a senior officer specializing in Information Management with the Department of State, he has had overseas posts in literally every inhabited world region, including serving as the Management Counselor at US Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone. During this assignment, he was designated acting Deputy Chief of Mission for an extended period of time.

Jasper is not new to the Diplomat in Residence program, having served for the previously as DIR for the four states comprising the Southwest Region – Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. Prior to that he was assigned to Washington, DC as the Director of the Systems and Integration Office in the Bureau of Information and Resource Management. He is a veteran of the United States Army. As a native of North Carolina with close family ties in the state, Jasper was only too happy to transfer to the Mid-Atlantic region this past summer. He has been assigned DIR to our region from 2016 – 2018.     

The DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region can be contacted at:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Reminder for 31 January 2017


A warm welcome to 2017!  Here's some important information to start the year on an up note:

Don’t Forget the CFFS Luncheon, Tuesday, January 31 at the University Club, 17th floor at 3100 Tower Blvd., Durham.

Professor Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics at UNC, will speak on “Changing Demographic Trends and Their Impact on Israeli Domestic and Foreign Policies.

The cost is $30. Entrée choices are: Chicken breast, salmon or vegetarian. Please indicate your choice(s) when you make your reservation. And don’t forget to include your 2017 membership dues, $10 per person, along with your luncheon payment.

Please make checks payable to Treasurer, CFFS and mail them to Bonnie Kuhr, 7316 Ray Road, Raleigh NC 27613-3919.  The deadline for reservations is Friday, January 20.


Michael Cotter, Secretary

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

January Coffee with AFSPA CEO Paula Jakub


For those of you who live in the Triangle (or don't mind traveling here for a worthwhile event), Paula Jakub, CEO of the American Foreign Service Protective Ass'n. (AFSPA) is coming to the area in January on one of her periodic visits. We are pleased to co-host a coffee for any of our members interested in meeting Paula. This will be of most interest to those of us who have the Foreign Service Benefit Plan health insurance that AFSPA offers, but any Foreign Service veterans with a different Federal Employee Health Benefit Program insurance might also be interested in hearing what the FSBP offers. It will be too late to transfer for CY 2017, but might help you make a decision for 2018.

Paula is also Executive Director of the Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service, a non-profit that provides support to retired Foreign Service personnel and their spouses (including surviving and divorced spouses) and, on the basis of need, to defray the cost of home health care services, senior housing, long term care, or other senior services that contribute to the health and security of the retired Foreign Service family. If you are interested in learning how you can support the foundation, or know someone who could use its services, you are also welcome to come and hear more about it at this coffee. The foundation's website is:

The coffee will take place from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Board Room of Carolina Meadows, on the first floor of the main building, 100 Whipporwill Lane, Chapel Hill 27517.  

I am attaching the invitation that AFSPA sent by mail to its members in our area. If you are not a member of AFSPA you can also sign up by sending an email to me at or calling me at 984-234-3078.


Mike Cotter, Secretary

Saturday, December 3, 2016

CFFS Luncheon on 31 January 2017 - Update

Members of the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service and their guests are invited to the January CFFS Luncheon at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The venue for this lunch is the University Club, 3100 Tower Boulevard, 17th Floor, Durham, North Carolina  27707. Colloquially known as the “Green Pickle,” it located off US 15/501 BR, just north of the overpass connecting US 15/501 to I-85. For those who haven’t been there, it offers a spectacular view of the area from the 17th floor. As usual, we will gather for the social period at 11:30, moving to our tables at noon.

Speaker and Topic:  Our speaker will be Professor Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics at UNC. Professor Spinner-Halev will speak on "Changing Demographic Trends and Their Impact on Israeli Domestic and Foreign Policies."

Speaker’s Bio: Professor Spinner-Halev received his B.A. from the University of Michigan. He worked at Citizens for Tax Justice, a small public interest group in Washington, D.C., for several years and then returned to Ann Arbor for graduate studies. In 1992, he joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska, where he eventually became the Schlesinger Professor of Social Justice. He joined the UNC faculty in 2005.

Professor Spinner-Halev’s research focuses on the tensions that arise within contemporary liberal and democratic theory, and between theory and practice. His current research project is on radical injustice — injustices that linger on, without apparent remedy.  This project has a comparative cast, and is fueled by examples from the U.S., Israel and India.

His publications include: “The Boundaries of Citizenship:  Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State” (1994) and “Surviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship” (2000) and he co-edited “Minorities within Minorities: Equality, Right and Diversity” (2005).

Reservations & Dues: The cost of the luncheon is $30 which includes coffee or tea, green salad, entrée, and a dessert.  A cash bar will be available.  The entrée choices are: Pan Roasted Chicken Breast with Garlic Jus, Salmon with a Lemon Caper Sauce, or Vegetarian (appropriate for vegans as well). Please indicate your entrée choice(s) when you make your reservation.

A reminder: Unless you are new members who joined late in 2016, please pay your 2017 member dues of $10 a person (life members are exempt) along with your luncheon payment.

Please make checks payable to Treasurer, CFFS and mail them to Bonnie Kuhr, 7316 Ray Road, Raleigh NC 27613-3919.  Checks must be received no later than Friday, January 20.

We look forward to seeing you January 31.

Gwen C. Clare

Chair, CFFS Steering Committee