FSI Transition Center Courses
- High Stress Assignment Outbrief Program - Foreign Service and Civil Service employees from the Department of State who have spent more than 90 days in Iraq or Afghanistan are required to attend. Additionally, any Department of State employee serving at any high stress post is highly encouraged to attend. Employees of other non-State agencies are welcome to attend this course.
- Pre-Deployment Preparation for High Stress Assignments (MQ940) - This course has the goal of empowering employees and couples to be more psychologically prepared for an extended assignment to a high stress post.
General Iraq Information (News & Profiles)
- U.S. Embassy Baghdad
- U.S. Consulate Basrah
- U.S. Consulate Erbil
- U.S. Consulate Kirkuk
- Department of State Iraq Pages
- Background Notes
- United Nations News on Iraq
- Library of Congress Country Study
- CIA World Factbook
- USAID Assistance to Iraq
- Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force (Department of Commerce)
- UN Refugee Agency Country Operations Profile (UNHCR)
- Iraq Peacebuilding Links (Peacemakers Trust)
- Iraq Cultural Heritage Initiative (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State)
First-Person Accounts on Iraq
- Oral History Interviews on Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Teams and The Iraq Experience Project from the United States Institute of Peace
- Foreign Service Journal March 2010 - Iraq and It's Neighbors: New Challenges as the U.S. Shifts Focus (PDF)
Toolkit for an Iraq Assignment
- International News Safety Institute (main site and Safety Tips)
- Basics of Iraqi Arabic - online language learning from the Defense Language Center
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a variety of publications related to stress and managaing stress during a crisis. Two such publications are Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress (PDF) and A Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions (PDF)
- Managing Fatigue in Operational Settings - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - includes fact sheets, videos, and guides for families from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Unaccompanied Assignments (PDF) - Chapter 25 of the Foreign Service Assignment Notebook
Support during an Iraq Assignment
- The Family Liaison Office (FLO) offers support and information for unaccompanied tours.
- Sesame Street's Deployments, Homecomings, Changes and Grief website offers families many resources to help children cope during an unaccompanied tour.
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