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bookNEW 2015 AFSA Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award Winner: Ambassador William C. Harrop (Ret.)

NEW UNC Chapel Hill: Volunteer Opportunity in Jamaica and South Africa

NEW 'Ireland Since the Euro Crisis: Relations with the EU and the USA'
Current Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson will be visiting UNC Chapel Hill in the context of the Krasno Distinguished Professorship's "Ambassadors Forum" April 23, 5.30pm.
Family Pleasant room, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill. All Welcome; open to the public.

bookNEW LINK Posh Corps Screened at USAID and at Peace Corps HQ

AFSA Award: The Mark Palmer Award for the Advancement of Democracy
Nominations due March 20 2015

bookThe final book in Mark Wentling's Africa Trilogy is now available. Africa's Heart: The Journey Ends in Kansas.

State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

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NEW Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order Review by John Brown

NEW The Accidental Prime Minister Review by Jon Dorschner


Spoken Word Reviews
Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor

NEW April Links
The Summit of the Americas and Prospects for Inter-American Relations
The Islamic State, Iran, and the Geopolitics of the Middle East
The Iran Nuclear Talks: An Indian Perspective
The Way Forward in the U.S.-Afghanistan Security Partnership
Japan’s Reckoning With a Rising China
Iran and North Korea
U.S. Policy in Iraq
The Future of U.S. Air Power
Is the American Century Over?
The United States and Central Asia
Understanding and Dealing with China’s Growing Military Power

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February links
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Internet Articles FYI
George Clack, Contributing Editor

NEW April Links
The Lausanne Framework: A Promising Foundation for a Nuclear Deal with Iran
The Iran Deal and Its Consequences
Dissing the Deal: Iran's Supreme Leader Throws the Nuclear Agreement into New Uncertainty
Obama’s Castro Handshake Returns U.S. Leadership to Latin America
The Dangers of the Arab Intervention in Yemen
Can Ukraine Save Itself from Vladimir Putin and the Oligarchs?
Iraq Is Finished
How ISIS Came to Power
The Reign of Terror, Year XX
Bob Work Details the Future of War at Army Defense College
Elections in Turkey: No Way Out
The Offending Art: Political Cartooning After the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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Authors Who Were Diplomats

William Dean Howells as the Civil War Consul in Venice by William Sommers

Diplomats Who Are Authors

Chapter 17: At Sea from The Extraordinary Journey of Harry Forth by Bruce K. Byers

After Apple Picking by Robert Earle

Chapter Sixteen Cacao cum Cocoa by Mark Wentling

The American Mission by Matthew Palmer

Flame by Barry Fulton

Farishta by Patricia McArdle

Cosa Buena by Robert Earle

The Ambassador to Everland by Howard Cincotta

Savarona by J. Patrick Hart


Diplomats Who Are Authors

My Husband and the General by Betsey Barnes

At Sea from The Extraordinary Journey of Harry Forth by Bruce K. Byers
"You seem to know a lot about maritime accidents," Heather said. "Have you done a lot of sailing?"
Harry felt a little embarrassed. He had only been to sea one other time in his childhood on the ship from San Juan to New Orleans. He had gone fishing on the Chesapeake Bay several times. That was the extent of his maritime experience. "No," he said. "I come from a landlocked state. The only places to go boating are the Rio Grande if you’re fool enough to try and some of the larger reservoirs and lakes. Otherwise, you’ve got to travel to places like Corpus Christi or San Diego."

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Commentary and Analysis

NEW LINK State Reports the Death of the President-1865 by David A. Langbart

NEW Containment, Again: A Long-Term Perspective on Recent Russian Claims by Joseph Renouard

NEW Divided Nation, United Military: The Burmese Government as Junta Par Excellence by Matthew Koo

NEW LINK Bipartisanship in Foreign Policy, 1953 by David A. Langbart

International Crisis: Female Genital Mutilation by Cynthia Wood

Strategic Challenges After The 9/11 Wars by Thomas E. McNamara

LINK Memoirs of a Secretary of State: Cordell Hull by David A. Langbart

India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party by Jon P. Dorschner

The INF Treaty—Back into the Morass? by David T. Jones

Public Diplomacy: Time to Debate Change, Continuity, and Doctrines by Don Bishop

The Islamic World Faces Its Future by Benjamin Landis

LINK Rebuilding After World War II: The Experience of Saint-Lo, France by David A. Langbart

The Return of Classical Geopolitics by Francis P. Sempa

Thoughts of Afghanistan and the Impending Withdrawal by Richard Averna

 

From the National Archives: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington": Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy as Movie Critic by David A. Langbart

From the National Archives: The Department of State on the Eve of World War II by David A. Langbart

 

Internet Article Alert Link: www.stratfor.com/sample/weekly/oriental-despotism
Our Foreign Service colleague John Vincent comments on a recent article "Oriental Despotism" by Robert Kagan, from the November 12, 2014 Stratfor Global Intelligence website. We appreciate this contribution and welcome all future article alerts from our readers. (ed.)

Diplomacy and Intercultural Communication by Yoav Tenembaum

LINK to remarks by Mark Grossman
"A Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Back to the Future?"
www.afsa.org/FSJ/0914/files/assets/common/downloads/sep2014fsj.pdf (page 22)

LINK to remarks by PDC President Don Bishop
A year ago, I feared that the "trifecta" of scandals then engulfing Washington — Benghazi, the IRS and the Tea Party, and government access to Americans’ phone and email records — posed some real challenges for Public Diplomacy officers overseas. Back then, I could hardly imagine how difficulties would multiply.
Public Diplomacy in Time of Partisanship
www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/commentaries/09-02-14/public-diplomacy-time-partisanship

The Indian Election by Jon P. Dorschner

Ten Principles of Operational Diplomacy:  a proposed framework by Paul Kreutzer

The Elder Statesman: George H. W. Bush in Retrospect by Aaron Brown and Mirco Reimer

Exchange of Ideas between William Harrop and Thomas E. McNamara
Ambassador McNamara contributes this article with the intention of launching discussion and debate on the topic. We cordially invite your comments and will publish them in upcoming issues. (ed.)
The United States and Latin America: Individuals and Institutions by Thomas E. McNamara

Foreign Service Life

Opinion

Opinions expressed are those of the individual authors, and do not represent the position of American Diplomacy which maintains its founding principles of balance and non-partisanship.

NEW Venezuela's Crisis, U.S. Sanctions and the UNASUR Reaction by Patrick Duddy

NEW Give the New Afghan Government a Chance by Godfrey Garner

Perilous Times: Planning for the Unspeakable by Thomas R. Hutson

Do We Really Want Turkey as a NATO Ally? by Sol Schindler

Winners and Losers by Sol Schindler

Winning the War for Peace, Justice and Prosperity: A Vision by J.S. Lee

Diplomats Who Are Authors

NEW Chapter 17: At Sea from The Extraordinary Journey of Harry Forth by Bruce K. Byers

  "You seem to know a lot about maritime accidents," Heather said. "Have you done a lot of sailing?"
  Harry felt a little embarrassed. He had only been to sea one other time in his childhood on the ship from San Juan to New Orleans. He had gone fishing on the Chesapeake Bay several times. That was the extent of his maritime experience. "No," he said. "I come from a landlocked state. The only places to go boating are the Rio Grande if you’re fool enough to try and some of the larger reservoirs and lakes. Otherwise, you’ve got to travel to places like Corpus Christi or San Diego."

After Apple Picking by Robert Earle

  No one who has never harvested apples knows what heaven is like. Even those who have can get it wrong. She read the Robert Frost poem in 11th grade and understood he was looking for death wherever he could find it, even where its opposite, eternity, held sway. Apple-picking is ambrosia. Apple-picking is no way that God would ever expel you. It’s more like God in your hands.

Chapter Sixteen Cacao cum Cocoa by Mark Wentling

  Nobody knew it, but Chief Letivi was struggling to stay poised and focused on the subject at hand. His mother’s dire situation and his discovery of the gold stool under the old baobab tree were weighing heavily on him. Letivi fought to clear his mind of these two serious concerns as he stood to welcome formally the two white men and commence the meeting with them.

The American Mission by Matthew Palmer

   Alex looked at the pile of application  packages still in front of him. There were at least twenty left.

Flame by Barry Fulton

   He had decided to wait for a sharp curve, and then lean far to the right to throw the bike off balance. He would risk a concussion or worse, but better to die on his terms than face torture...


April 2015

NEW THIS ISSUE

Commentary

Containment, Again: A Long-Term Perspective on Recent Russian Claims

Divided Nation, United Military: The Burmese Government as Junta Par Excellence

FS Life

About My Husband and the General, Part II

Op/Ed

Venezuela's Crisis, U.S. Sanctions and the UNASUR Reaction

Give the New Afghan Government a Chance

Diplomats Who Are Authors Chapter 17: At Sea from The Extraordinary Journey of Harry Forth

Reviews

BOOKS

Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order

The Accidental Prime Minister

SPEECHES

The Summit of the Americas and Prospects for Inter-American Relations

The Islamic State, Iran, and the Geopolitics of the Middle East

The Iran Nuclear Talks: An Indian Perspective

The Way Forward in the U.S.-Afghanistan Security Partnership

Japan’s Reckoning With a Rising China
Iran and North Korea

U.S. Policy in Iraq
The Future of U.S. Air Power

Is the American Century Over?

The United States and Central Asia
Understanding and Dealing with China’s Growing Military Power

INTERNET ARTICLES FYI

The Lausanne Framework: A Promising Foundation for a Nuclear Deal with Iran

The Iran Deal and Its Consequences
Dissing the Deal: Iran's Supreme Leader Throws the Nuclear Agreement into New Uncertainty

Obama’s Castro Handshake Returns U.S. Leadership to Latin America

The Dangers of the Arab Intervention in Yemen

Can Ukraine Save Itself from Vladimir Putin and the Oligarchs?

Iraq Is Finished
How ISIS Came to Power

The Reign of Terror, Year XX

Bob Work Details the Future of War at Army Defense College

Elections in Turkey: No Way Out

The Offending Art: Political Cartooning After the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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Letters
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Comment on Coming home: different Popes for different times

Comment on Future Battleground of Indo/Pakistan Rivalry

Comment on Facebook: Penchant for our senior political leadership

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AFSA Book Notes: More Than Just Diplomacy
George Gedda discussed his book, More Than Just Diplomacy: The Personalities, Turf Battles, Danger Zones for Diplomats, Exotic Datelines, Miscast Appointees, … the Laughs – And, Sadly, the Occasional Homicide, at AFSA headquarters. Video available. Reviewed here.

WACA Cover to Cover: Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
World Affairs Councils of America's 'Cover to Cover' series featured Amb. Christopher Hill on October 6, 2014. A recording is available here.

"The Barrios of Manta" on Facebook

LINK Print Edition of 2013 Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange Now Available: http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Open-Doors-2013

LINK Our readers will be interested to learn that one can get on Kindle all three of the books published so far by our frequent contributor, Ambassador (ret.) Peter Bridges: his memoir, mainly of Somalia, and his biographies of two 19th century Americans, an antislavery Ohioan and a racist Virginian.
Please see his Amazon author page for more information: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KIQWMG.

“Africa’s Release,” by our contributor, retired USAID FSO, Mark Wentling's, is the second book of his African Trilogy. Although his trilogy makes for entertaining and educational reading, it is also an attempt to communicate “development” via fiction. - Ed.

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