Message from President Paul Denig on Coronavirus Impact on DACOR ActivitiesMarch 16, 2020

Dear DACOR Members:

Given the current public health situation arising from the coronavirus, the Executive Committee of DACOR has decided to suspend all programs as well as private events at DACOR Bacon House starting on March 13th, until further notice. The guest rooms will not be available for use.

In line with other similar organizations in Washington, DC, we are following the guidance of local and national health officials who recommend extra caution for vulnerable populations. As a large percentage of our membership and guests falls into age groups which are at higher risk, we are taking this step to ensure that their health is not compromised by attendance at DACOR events.

DACOR leadership is monitoring the public health situation carefully and will follow guidance from health authorities on when it may be safe to resume events at DACOR Bacon House. While events are suspended, our staff will work to maintain the House as a clean and safe environment to the extent possible, consistent with their own health protection.

Committee and Board Meetings will proceed unless otherwise announced. However, participation will be by telephone rather than in-person. Please follow the specific instructions for calling in that are included in the invitation for each committee meeting.

Please be in touch with DACOR staff to address any questions or concerns you may have.

During this interim period, please remember to follow the guidelines of the CDC and others to keep yourself safe and healthy. We look forward to welcoming you back to our House as soon as circumstances permit.


Paul Denig
President of DACOR
DACOR in the News: The Washington Diplomat Interviews Executive Director John BradshawFebruary, 2020

In January, Larry Luxner from The Washington Diplomat interviewed DACOR's Executive Director John Bradshaw to discuss what DACOR does and the state of U.S. Diplomacy. The article appears in the February edition of The Washington Diplomat. Click here to read the article online.
Sherry Barndollar Rock Celebration of LifeFebruary 15, 2020

An open house celebration of life for Sherry Barndollar Rock will take place at the DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006 on February 15 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

In all of her work, Sherry was particularly committed to educational scholarships.  Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the establishment of a Sherry Barndollar Rock Scholarship administered by DACOR. Donations can be made at (case sensitive) or mailed by check to the DACOR Bacon House Foundation (address above).  Please note the Sherry Barndollar Rock Scholarship in the subject line.

Please find an obituary for Sherry here.
Job Announcement: Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy, Pardee School of Global Studies        December 1, 2019

Tracking Code 2261 Job Description
The Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University invites applications for appointment as Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy, non-tenure track. The successful candidate will have had a distinguished career in the field of diplomacy, whether in national government or international organizations. Career diplomats with ambassadorial experience or practitioners with equivalent experience and stature are encouraged to apply. We are open to any functional or regional areas of expertise.
The professor of the practice will teach courses in diplomatic practice as well as her/his areas of expertise and will also advise and mentor students pursuing professional careers in diplomacy, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations. Prior teaching experience and a record of publication and research is not required but will be considered a plus.
Boston University is an AAU institution with a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. The BU Pardee School believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our research and academic programs. We are eager to have join our ranks a colleague who supports our institutional commitment to ensuring BU is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and a place where all constituents can thrive.
DO NOT APPLY THROUGH THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY HR WEBSITE. Please submit a letter of application describing your professional experience, and curriculum vitae at
Questions about the position or school may be directed to Ms. Elaine Bidianos at Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The expected starting date for employment is July 1, 2020.
The Pardee School of Global Studies offers B.A. and M.A. degrees and is committed to multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research and teaching. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Memorial Service ~ H. Allen HolmesSeptember 14, 2019

A Memorial Service for Ambassador H. Allen Holmes will be held at Ingleside, 3050 Military Road, Washington, DC, on September 14th at 2:00 pm. There will be a reception afterwards in the library.

Iraq: Behind the Scenes in Baghdad Working in a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT)August 8, 2019
The General and the Ambassador:A Conversation
Iraq: Behind the Scenes in Baghdad Working in a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) 
A conversation with Major General William Hickman and Ambassador John Bennett.

General Hickman and Ambassador Bennett talk about:
  • The role of PRTs in the new strategy for Iraq under President George W. Bush. 
  • Getting out in the streets in Baghdad to meet and work with local officials to rebuild the country in the midst of ongoing violence 
  • How U.S. military and diplomats partnered on a day to day basis 
  • The phone call with President George W. Bush on results
Major General William Hickman was Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in Iraq from 2007 to 2008.  He most recently served as the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy for the NATO Allied Transformation Command in Norfolk, VA. Ambassador John Bennett served in Baghdad from 2007 to 2009 as the political advisor and PRT leader with three successive brigade combat teams.  He is the former U.S. Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.
European Security: ISIS Attacks & Deterring RussiaJune 4, 2019
The General and the Ambassador:A Conversation
European Security: ISIS Attacks & Deterring Russia 
A conversation with General Gregory Lengyel, former Commander, Special Operations Command Europe and Ambassador Susan Elliott, former Civilian Deputy to the Commander,  U.S. European Command.

General Lengyel and Ambassador Elliott talk about:
  • The 2015 ISIS attacks in Paris and other parts of Europe
  • Sharing information on ISIS with European law enforcement
  • The American heroes who thwarted an attack on a train bound for Paris
  • The responsibilities of Special Operation Europe & learning how to work with U.S. Embassies
  • The game changer for the U.S. military presence in Europe: Russian’s invasion of Ukraine
General  Gregory Lengyel is a Senior Partner of Leading Edge Vortex, LLC.  He was Commander, Special Operations Command, Europe 2014-2016. Ambassador Susan Elliott is the President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. She is the former Civilian Deputy to the Commander of the U. S. European Command 2015-2017.
Japan's Triple DisasterMay 29, 2019
The General and the Ambassador:A Conversation
Japan's Triple Disaster 
Admiral Willard, former Commander U.S. Pacific Command and Ambassador Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan,  talk about their partnership after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. 

Admiral Willard and Ambassador Roos talk about:  
  • The magnitude of the crisis and the advantage of having U.S. forces stationed in Japan 
  • Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. disaster relief effort
  • Coordinating U.S. diplomatic & military public messaging
  • The responsibility for tens of thousands of U.S. citizens  in Japan
  • The fear of nuclear contamination 
Ambassador John Roos is the founding partner of Geodesic Capital.  He was  the U.S. Ambassador to Japan 2009-2013. Admiral Robert Willard is the CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations  (INPO).    He was the Commander of the  U.S. Pacific Command 2009-2012.  
Foreign Attacks & U.S. Cyber Policy: A Conversation with General Keith Alexander and Christopher PainterMay 13, 2019
The General and the Ambassador:A Conversation
Foreign Attacks & U.S. Cyber Policy:  A Conversation with General Keith Alexander and Christopher Painter  

General Alexander and Chris Painter talk about:
  • The wake-up call of the 2008 attack on a Dept. of Defense classified network & the creation of the U.S. Cyber Command
  • Cyber diplomacy: building international alliances for information exchange & collective action  
  • The challenge of China and Russia
  • The urgent need to fix U.S. cyber defense
  • Defending forward and using cyber as a tool of national power
General Keith Alexander is the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command.  He is the President and CEO of IronNet CyberSecurity. Chris Painter is the former Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Department of State.  He is  the William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. 

This podcast episode was jointly produced by the American Academy of Diplomacy and  Foreign Policy Productions
Thinkers Wanted: Participate in the CREATE Better Reasoning Research Study    Through June, 2019

Thinkers Wanted!
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab is recruiting people who love to solve puzzles, logic games, and analytic problems to participate in research studies that explore crowdsourced reasoning.
We’re looking for highly motivated, inquisitive, open-minded individuals to solve challenging problems alone or in teams. You can join the CREATE research study if you: 
  • Are 18 years or older
  • Read and write English fluently
  • Have reliable internet access and will accept cookies from the study website 
What will we learn from CREATE?
CREATE research studies will help us learn more about how people reason when solving complex problems, and how they communicate their reasoning to other people. We are particularly interested in how teams share and evaluate possible solutions, and how they collaborate to develop a common solution.

Our findings will inform and shape the tools and processes that intelligence analysts use to develop and communicate their reasoning. Our goal is to help the Intelligence Community reason comprehensively and communicate clearly so that they can, in turn, help our policymakers and government leaders make better decisions.

Although this research is focused on helping the Intelligence Community, the same insights can also help other professionals who solve hard problems from incomplete evidence.

Who is funding this research?
The CREATE research studies are funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
What if I still have questions?
Send any questions to 
The CREATE research study i approved under JHMI IRB00200712. Principal Investigators: Kathleen Straub, Ph.D. and Rebecca Rhodes, Ph.D.
In Memory of Richard Birn   March 27, 2019

DACOR members and leaders were sorry to hear of the passing of DACOR member Richard Birn over the weekend. Richard spent his career as a Public Diplomacy Officer, both in the field and at VOA. His obituary appeared in Monday's Washington Post.

While the funeral took place on Tuesday, the family will receive visitors on Wednesday, March 27, from 3 - 5:15 pm, at Carriage Hill of Bethesda, Sunroom, 5215 Cedar Lane. Contributions may be made to


New Executive Director AnnouncedFebruary 14, 2019

James H. Benson, President of DACOR, an organization of foreign affairs professionals that promotes diplomacy, announced today the appointment of John C. Bradshaw as the new Executive Director
“On behalf of DACOR and its 1,600 members, I am pleased to welcome John to DACOR,” said Mr. Benson.  “John’s executive experience in the nonprofit association sector and his Foreign Service experience will strengthen and sustain DACOR’s mission to bring foreign affairs professionals together in support of diplomacy, the Foreign Service, and public understanding of diplomacy and to preserve the historic DACOR Bacon House.”
Mr. Bradshaw most recently served as executive director of the National Security Network and the Enough Project and is a member of the board of directors of Disability Rights International. Previously, after a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he had spent 14 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, serving in Venezuela, Brazil and Burma, as well as in Washington where he was assigned to the East Asian and Human Rights bureaus. He also worked as a Senate staffer, including a year as a Pearson Fellow in the office of the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota.
DACOR is a private non-profit membership-based organization for foreign affairs professionals, fostering open, informed, and non-partisan dialogue about current foreign policy issues, and supporting the Foreign Service community through fellowship and outreach. Through its philanthropic arm, the DACOR Bacon House Foundation, DACOR serves as the steward of the historic mansion located at 1801 F Street, NW, Washington D.C. The Foundation annually awards $250,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students pursuing careers in diplomacy, development and international relations.

Seeking Middle East/North Africa-U.S.A. Crisis Simulation ParticipantsFebruary 2, 2019

GWU international studies students have extended an invitation to DACOR members to participate as observers/mentors in the Saturday, Feb. 2 Crisis Simulation, 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or as long as you are able to stay) at the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW, on the GW campus. The simulation is Middle East/North Africa/U.S. - Saudi relations focused. Please click here for more information on the event. DACOR members who sign up will receive a briefing packet in advance of the simulation, and student organizers will provide lunch for us. DACOR members who participated in the November Crisis Simulation gave the students high marks for the event’s organization. 

To sign up for the simulation, contact Paul Tyson, Mentor Team Leader, DACOR Public Outreach Committee, at by January 28th. 

 The English-Speaking Union MeetingJanuary 24, 2019

DACOR members are welcome to attend the next The English-Speaking Union meeting on Thursday, January 24th. Please read on for full details.

Meeting: English Speaking Union Washington, D.C. Branch with friends of the United Nations
Date/Time/Place:  Thursday, January 24th at 5:30 pm at the UN Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20006. 
Wine and Cheese Reception at the UN Foundation for folks to gather informally after the meeting. 
Please R.S.V.P. to Dr. Karen Blair-Brand, at by Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with your name and any guests.  Upon entering the UN Foundation you will need to check-in with the front desk and will be given directions to the elevator. 
At this meeting, The English Speaking Union of the United States Chairman, Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill will be discussing the current status of the ESU Washington, D.C. Branch and details about the 2019 ESU Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will be held in Washington, D.C. this Fall. The current UK Ambassador, Kim Darroch will be hosting a program for the 2019 AGM in Washington, D.C.  We need your help with ideas for this upcoming AGM that will be held the year prior to our upcoming ESUUS Centennial in New York City in 2020 where there will be a United Nations event in New York and members of the ESU International Council and United Nations will be invited to join us.

The English Speaking Union (ESU) is an international NGO of The United Nations.  The ESU was founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench after World War I as a non-profit, non-political charity organization to foster peace, good will and global understanding thru the use of the English language for all people.  The ESU provides educational and cultural opportunities that richly and positively impacts the lives of others.  Princess Ann is the President of the ESU internationally. (website:

Funeral Service ~ Alan W. LukensJanuary 11, 2019

Ambassador Alan Lukens, a past president of DACOR, passed away on Saturday evening, January 5th, 2019. A service will be held at All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, MD, on Friday 11th at 11:00 am. All Saints Church is at 3 Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Parking for the church is accessed from Oliver Street.

Executive Director PositionDecember 12, 2018

DACOR, Inc., an organization of foreign affairs professionals, and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation are seeking an Executive Director to manage the expanded agenda of their organizations.

DACOR and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation are 501 (c) (4) and 501 (c) (3) organizations, which together comprise a membership of approximately 1,600 individuals. The Executive Director works under the general authority of a Board of Governors/Trustees, and reports to the President and Executive Committee of those boards.

Candidates for the Executive Director position should possess solid management skills, especially in the areas of human resources and financial management. They also should have experience in fundraising and membership development.

Past experience in the foreign affairs arena is a definite plus. Familiarity with electronic accounting and association management software is also very important.

The position of Executive Director requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, including solid writing ability.

The primary workplace is at the historic DACOR Bacon House at 18th and F Streets NW, in Washington, DC.  Preservation, maintenance and modernization of this historic home is one of the principal strategic goals of the organization, and one of the responsibilities of the Executive Director is to oversee the staff responsible for this maintenance and upkeep.

Salary: $110,000 plus a generous benefits package, to include healthcare coverage, parking on-site, annual leave, holiday leave and federal holiday leave, plus more.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2018

To view a complete position description, click here.

For further information and to apply with your cover letter and resume, please contact Interim Executive Director Sherry Barndollar Rock at 202-682-0500, ext. 14, or by email at


Notice of Special Members' Meeting   December 13, 2018

The Board of Governors is calling a Special Members' Meeting for December 13, 2018, at 10:15 am at the DACOR Bacon House. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain approval by the voting members of DACOR, Inc. for an increase in annual dues for calendar year 2019. 

Please click here for the full announcement and details.

Memorial Service ~ Michael E. C. ElyNovember 17, 2018

Michael E.C. Ely, a past president of DACOR, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2018, after a long illness. There will be a memorial service and reception on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane (corner of Military Road) in Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Andrew's Endowment for Outreach and Human Needs or to the DACOR Bacon House Foundation.

Seeking China-U.S.A. Crisis Simulation ParticipantsNovember 3, 2018

The Crisis Simulation team at George Washington University is recruiting DACOR members with experience in China or East Asia to dust off their diplomacy skills and sit in on a student crisis simulation on Saturday, November 3. The student-led simulation runs from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC. Lunch is provided. The crisis will focus on China and the US. To register, contact Tom Brannan, Chair, DACOR Public Outreach Committee, at

Job Announcement: Oral History Program Assistant at ADSTOctober 31, 2018

ADST is pleased to announce a part time job with their Oral History Program. Click here for the full job announcement. Applications should be submitted by 10.31.2018 with interviewing in November and a start date in December.

Foreign Service Networking Night at George Mason UniversityOctober 16, 2018

Remember when you first thought about pursuing a career in the State Department? Well there are 40 graduate and undergraduate students (and a long wait list) at George Mason University who’d like to talk to you.

The occasion is Foreign Service Networking Night, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 at the University’s Fairfax campus. GMU’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution is hosting the two-hour event and needs veterans of the State Department (FSO’s and Civil Service) to share their experiences and advice. You can expect to interact with multiple small groups of students in an extended conversation (15-20 minutes) about pathways into the Foreign Service or State Department Civil Service, your career trajectory, and what makes for a fulfilling career.

Ready to sign up? Contact Leslie Durham at GMU (, let her know you’d like to attend as a mentor, and send her a short paragraph that covers your FS career. She will send you directions on how to get to Merton Hall, room 1201, and how to activate free parking in the adjoining parking garage.

2018 Foreign Service Cup AwardedMay 4, 2018

The 2018 winner of the Foreign Service Cup is Ambassador H. Allen Holmes (second from left). Ambassador Holmes was awarded the Cup on May 4th at Foreign Affairs Day. Over two distinguished careers, in the Foreign Service and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, H. Allen Holmes advanced the national security of the United States and laid the foundation for the next generations of foreign affairs leaders.

2018 - 2019 Education Awards AnnouncedApril, 2018

DACOR Bacon House Foundation President James H. Benson announced the awarding of $225,000 in scholarships, including $120,000 in graduate fellowships and $100,000 in undergraduate scholarships as part of its annual education awards program. The awards will benefit students currently enrolled or soon to enroll in graduate and undergraduate degree programs at 22 American universities.

The graduate fellowship recipients were selected by the Foundation?s Education Committee based on their academic credentials and interviews conducted this spring. Our committee members were greatly impressed with the academic achievements of these students and their desire to pursue careers that embraced foreign policy and the practice of international affairs,? said DBHF Education Committee chair Stephen Thompson.

The 2018 recipients of the $10,000 DBHF Graduate Fellowships for the Study of International Affairs are currently enrolled in master's degree programs at their respective universities. They are Veronica Ferris at American University, Mehmil Zia at George Washington University, Samantha Wulfson at Georgetown University, Joel Jaeger at Johns Hopkins University, Elissa Miller at Tufts University, Lauren Werling at Catholic University, William Humphrey at Pepperdine University, Ammara Ansari at the University of Michigan, and Lucy Flamm at the University of Texas. In addition, the DACOR Bacon House Foundation awarded the Gantenbein Medical Fund Fellowship, a combined award of $30,000 ($25,000 tuition, $5,000 stipend), to Samuel Ficenec for the 2018-2019 academic year at the Tulane University School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Recipients of the $6,000 DBHF Undergraduate Metro Scholarships to encourage the study of foreign affairs are currently enrolled at five universities; they are Mia Brown at George Mason University, Lydia Johnson at Howard University, Christina Jones at Fayetteville State University, Yessenia Torres at Trinity Washington University, and Margaret Ebacher-Rini at the University of Maryland.

Through its Louis G. Dreyfus Scholarships for Dependents of U.S. Foreign Service Officers at Yale University, the DACOR Bacon House Foundation awarded a total of $30,000 to Yale students Lucy Tomasso, Claire Young, and Alexander Hoganson. In addition, DBHF awarded a $5,000 dependents scholarship to Emily Heimer, a student at The Hotchkiss School of Lakeville, CT.

In addition to the scholarship awards made directly by DBHF, each year the Foundation provides $40,000 that is awarded through the American Foreign Service Association Scholarship Program for children of AFSA members whose parents are or were Foreign Service employees. Through this program, DBHF assisted seven undergraduate students.