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and its Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense and with the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.
EDITOR: Csaba T. Chikes
Summer 2017

Commentary & Analysis
Reimagining China and Asia

Can Science Diplomacy Advance STEM Education Particularly for Women in the Middle East?

Globalization: Made in the USA

For Volos

Observations on Receiving the 2017 Foreign Service Cup

The Great Play: The Carter Administration's Response to the Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan From December 24, 1979 to January 4, 1980

In Memoriam
Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928-2017)

From the National Archives
LINK When did the President's home become The White House?

LINK Airplanes Over France: D-Day

Opinion
Donald Trump, Humanitarian? Stranger Things Have Happened

H. R. McMaster's road to the White House: Reflections personal and historical

"E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" - Notes and References John Brown's syllabus for Smithsonian lecture series for foreign students

Foreign Service Life
Skegness is So Bracing

Crocodile Dundee At the White House with President Reagan and Aussie PM Bob Hawke—International Birthday TV Show

Eyewitness
John Gunther Dean on Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Kissinger

Stephen Dachi on the Panama Canal Treaty

Featured Book Review
Global Adventures on Less-Traveled Roads—A Foreign Service Memoir

Diplomats Who Are Authors
John Lothrop Motley: The Witty US Minister to Vienna is Sacked (Part II)

Hipster Hotdog Heaven

Two Pumps for the Body Man

LINKS

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CALLING ALL FS BOOK AUTHORS!
In November The Foreign Service Journal will celebrate the wealth of literary talent within the Foreign Service community with its annual "In Their Own Write" edition. Foreign Service-affiliated authors whose books have been published in 2016 or 2017 are invited to send us a copy of the book, along with a press release or backgrounder on it. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 1. For more information, please email journal@afsa.org.

Peace Corps Worldwide editor John Coyne


Books of Interest
Maggie Pearson, Contributing Editor

The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991by Robert Service
The Crucible of Islam by G.W. Bowersock
Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond by Gideon Rachman
Knowing the Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence, and Assessments of Intentions in International Relations by Keren Yarhi-Milo
Fighting for Credibility: U.S. Reputation and International Politics by Frank P. Harvey and John Mitton
Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today by Tony Smith
Decolonization: A Short History by Jan C. Jansen and Jurgen Osterhammel [Translated from German by Jeremiah Riemer]

 

 

Spoken Word Reviews
Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor

Summer 2017 Links
On America's Arctic Frontline
Army War College Strategy Conference
A Wary Embrace: The Russia-China Relationship
G20 Priorities and Transatlantic Relations
Rebuilding Air Force Readiness
Prioritizing Water on the Global Agenda
Security in the Mediterranean

Internet Articles FYI
George Clack, Contributing Editor

Summer 2017 Links
Information Warfare Versus Soft Power
Transcript: Independent Journal Review's Sit-Down Interview with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Trump Should Push the Saudis to Scale back Proselytizing
Joint Operating Environment 2035: The Joint Force in a Contested and Disorganized World
Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online
Foreign Sources
Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope
Yanukovych Trial for Treason  Starts as Interpol Removes Him from Wanted List
In Defence of the Homeland: PM Orban under fire in the EU Parliament
Israel Dismisses U.S. Concern over Jerusalem Embassy Move


 


 

On May 5, Ambassador (ret) Thomas E. McNamara, a Board member of American Diplomacy Publishing, received the prestigious Foreign Service Cup from the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired organization in Washington, D.C. to honor his many years of service to and support for United States diplomacy.  In his remarks, Ambassador McNamara emphasized challenges to recognition of diplomatic service as critical to U.S. national security.  He pointed out the urgent need to address not only supporters of diplomacy but also the majority of Americans who are misinformed and skeptical about the strength and accomplishments of diplomacy in American history.  We warmly congratulate him on this award. 
-American Diplomacy Publishers Board President Ambassador (ret) W. Robert Pearson

Observations on Receiving
the 2017 Foreign Service Cup

by Thomas E. McNamara

"The message we have is an excellent one. The history and practice of American diplomacy is a great success story. We have all heard it said that American diplomats are not equal to the task and that they get taken to the cleaners when they negotiate. That is pure nonsense. When I hear that, I ask the critics to explain how thirteen weak, squabbling, disunited colonies on the eastern shore of a wilderness continent began an experiment in government in 1776, and 175 years later were the first ever global superpower. One of the central reasons was skillful diplomacy, which created and took advantage of opportunities to expand and strengthen the nation."

See his full remarks here.


Commentary & Analysis
SERIES Reimagining the International Environment by Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

         Part 1 Reimagining Great Power Relations
NEW Part 2 Reimagining China and Asia

NEW Can Science Diplomacy Advance STEM Education Particularly for Women in the Middle East? by Steven G. Greenbaum and David P. Hajjar

NEW Globalization: Made in the USA by Gary A. Grappo

NEW For Volos by Roger Jennings

NEW Observations on Receiving the 2017 Foreign Service Cup by Thomas E. McNamara

NEW The Great Play: The Carter Administration's Response to the Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan From December 24, 1979 to January 4, 1980 by Brandon J. Libro

The Evolving Terrorism Threat from Nixon to Trump by Edward Marks and Michael B. Kraft

How the Diplomatic Community Can Help Solve the Health Workforce Crisis by Pape Gaye

The French Flag, a Symbol of Patriotism or Nationalism? by Alex Anyse

The Foreign Policy Triangle: A Schema to Promote Understanding of the Basis for Foreign Policy Decisions by Russ Brown

The Foreign Service- A Unified Voice for America Abroad by Frances Jeffrey-Corker

Beyond the Basics: Holistic Humanitarian Assistance for Syrians by Margo Berends

Foreign Service Life
AuthorNEW Skegness is So Bracing by Bob Baker

NEW Crocodile Dundee At the White House with President Reagan and Aussie PM Bob Hawke—International Birthday TV Show by Bob Baker

Cuban Missiles and Operation Dragon Rouge by Bob Baker

Presenting Credentials in Tonga by Vance and Julia Hall

Applying Diplomacy by William C. Harrop

Runs, Hikes, & Cops in Bohemia by Peter Bridges

Reflections on Vietnam: A Young Diplomat goes to War by Allen Keiswetter

Moon Rocks at Home by Bob Baker

A US Citizen by Surprise by June Kunsman

Reminiscences of life under communism: Soviet Show trials by Norma Brown

Why the Peace Corps? by John Coyne

Eyewitness
Foreign Service Accounts from the Oral History Archives (ADST.ORG)

NEW John Gunther Dean on  Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia & Kissinger
http://adst.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Dean-John-Gunther.pdf

NEW Stephen F. Dachi on The Panama Canal Treaty
http://www.adst.org/OH%20TOCs/Dachi,%20Stephen%20F.toc.pdf

Ambassador L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer, III

Avis Thayer Bohlen

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 Donald Trump, Humanitarian? Stranger Things Have Happened by Joe Renouard

NEW H. R. McMaster's road to the White House: Reflections personal and historical by Michael H. Hunt

LINK "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" - Notes and References John Brown's syllabus for Smithsonian lecture series for foreign students

Let's Not Get Distracted by "Shiny Objects," President Trump's "America First" Foreign Policy is Out of Sync with the Problems of the 21st Century by Dr. John R. Murnane

How the Presidential Transition Process Works And Why This One Will Be Like No Other by Michael W. Cotter

The National Security Debate and Classical Geopolitics by Francis P. Sempa

Diplomats Who Are Authors
NEW Part 2 The Fall from Grace of John Lothrop Motley: Did He Violate the President's Intructions? from Foreign Vistas: Stories from a Life in the Foreign Service by William Sommers

NEW Hipster Hotdog Heaven by Jon P. Dorschner

NEW Two Pumps for the Body Man by Benjamin East

Part 1 John Lothrop Motley: The Witty US Minister to Vienna from Foreign Vistas: Stories from a Life in the Foreign Service by William Sommers

Chapter 1 Duty Calls from Dead Cow Road - Life on the Front Lines of an International Crisis by Mark Wentling

Chapter 3 Warrior Diplomat: Vietnam, 1965-70 Chapter 3 from Global Adventures on Less-Traveled Roads: A Foreign Service Memoir by Jim Bulligton, former American Diplmacy Editor


 

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The Witty Minister is Sacked
From Foreign Vistas: Stories from a Life in the Foreign Service
See Chapter 2 here

…The whole affair irked Mr. Motley to no end. He was upset that Secretary Seward had put more credence in the report of the minister to France than in his own on the troop strength issue. Mr. Motley was also frazzled by the fact that Mr. Seward, having told him previously to stay away from discussing the Mexican crisis with the Austrians, now ordered him to say that the latter had deceived the United States. In his not unusual practice of one-upmanship, Mr. Motley wrote to Mr. Seward…. …Click here for more

Hipster Hotdog Heaven

…Gerald realized his life's work in a flash. He would share genuine American hot dogs with the population of Amsterdam.

Two Pumps for the Body Man
From Chapter 11

The stack of paper served as the right hand to the man who considered himself the right arm to the woman who called herself the Representative in the that particular Province of the Representative in Saudi Arabia of the President of the United States.


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