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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 State Department Boys Review by Ed Marks

NEW Back Channel to Cuba Review by Joe B. Johnson

NEW The Kaiser's Mission to Kabul Review by John M. Handley

NEW Packing for India Review by Jon Dorschner


Spoken Word Reviews
Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor

NEW March Links
The Nuclear Threat from Iran
Energy Security and U.S. Foreign Policy
The Strategic Importance of North America
The Future of American Power and Influence
The Sinews of Peace
U.S. Relations in Northeast Asia
The Struggle for Iraq’s Future
Strategy for Defeating the Islamist Challenge
China’s Security and Foreign Policies: Comparing American and Japanese Perspectives
Pragmatism and Practice: The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew
Arab Public Opinion on Terrorism
European Strategies for Countering Violent Extremism and Foreign Policy Aggression
Index of U.S. Military Strength 2015
How to Prevail Against a Poisonous Ideology

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Internet Articles FYI
George Clack, Contributing Editor

NEW March Links
Israel Election: Netanyahu's Likud Storms to Victory
Netanyahu Wins Elections
What Israel's Upcoming Elections Are Really About
A House Undivided: Israel's New Consensus Politics
What ISIS Really Wants
From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of the Islamic State
"Why It's So Hard To Stop ISIS Propaganda
Finally, Obama's Taking Radical Islam Seriously
The Way Forward on Iran
Europe's Path and the Great Global Convergence?
U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
iMatthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the UK, on Informal Diplomacy
How To Fix America's Foreign Policy

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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

Farishta by Patricia McArdle

Cosa Buena by Robert Earle

The Ambassador to Everland by Howard Cincotta

Savarona by J. Patrick Hart


Foreign Service LifeMy Husband and the General by Betsey Barnes"When the cannon fired, a blast of water flattened wherever it aimed, and those caught in the confines of that constricted area had nowhere to go.

"Then came the tear gas. You read about it — it doesn’t aim to kill, only to disperse. But this crowd was trapped within those narrow streets as we were trapped inside our little room.

"I remember the burning misery and that it lasted. I have absolutely no idea how we got home. We learned later that when the hearse reached the plaza, followed by that massive crowd, the route to the cemetery was blocked by the police and again by tear gas." more

Commentary and Analysis
NEW International Crisis: Female Genital Mutilation by Cynthia Wood

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

NEW 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 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

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...


March 2015

NEW THIS ISSUE

Commentary

International Crisis: Female Genital Mutilation

Strategic Challenges After the 9/11 Wars

FS Life

About My Husband and the General

Op/Ed Perilous Times: Planning for the Unspeakable
   

Reviews

BOOKS

State Department Boys

Back Channel to Cuba

The Kaiser's Mission to Kabul

Packing for India

SPEECHES

The Nuclear Threat from Iran

Energy Security and U.S. Foreign Policy

The Strategic Importance of North America

The Future of American Power and Influence

The Sinews of Peace

U.S. Relations in Northeast Asia

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

Strategy for Defeating the Islamist Challenge

China’s Security and Foreign Policies: Comparing American and Japanese Perspectives

Pragmatism and Practice: The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew

Arab Public Opinion on Terrorism

European Strategies for Countering Violent Extremism and Foreign Policy Aggression

Index of U.S. Military Strength 2015

How to Prevail Against a Poisonous Ideology

INTERNET ARTICLES FYI

Israel Election: Netanyahu's Likud Storms to Victory

Netanyahu Wins Elections

What Israel's Upcoming Elections Are Really About

A House Undivided: Israel's New Consensus Politics

What ISIS Really Wants

From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of the Islamic State

Why It's So Hard To Stop ISIS Propaganda

Finally, Obama's Taking Radical Islam Seriously

The Way Forward on Iran

Europe's Path and the Great Global Convergence?

U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale

Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the UK, on Informal Diplomacy

How To Fix America's Foreign Policy

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AbidjanaiseWork by Cynthia Farrell Johnson

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Comment on Coming home: different Popes for different times

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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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