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The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the professional association and union for the Foreign Service, is seeking nominations for a new award, the Mark Palmer Award for the Advancement of Democracy.

The Palmer Award is open to all Foreign Service members from any of the foreign affairs agencies, serving domestically or overseas, who promoted American policies focused on democracy, freedom and governance through bold, exemplary, imaginative and effective efforts during one or more assignments. The award offers a $2,500 prize and a travel stipend to attend the award ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room in June.

AuthorAmbassador Mark Palmer was a Foreign Service Officer who focused throughout his career on the issues of democracy and human rights.  During his last assignment as Ambassador to Hungary (1986 to 1990), he prominently supported Hungary’s march to freedom.  His dedication and professionalism should inspire all of us to take the time to nominate a Foreign Service member who has demonstrated exemplary performance through the advancement of democracy.

All nominations must be received by March 20, 2015.  Self nominations welcome.

For more information, please visit or contact Perri Green, coordinator for special awards and outreach, at (202) 719-9700 or

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