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Ben FranklinThis is to alert readers that the second book, “Africa’s Release,” of our contributor, retired USAID FSO, Mark Wentling's, African Trilogy is now published and available on Amazon. A Kindle version should be available in a couple of weeks. Although his trilogy makes for entertaining and educational reading, it is also an attempt to communicate “development” via fiction. - Ed.

Announcements

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.

Senior Diplomats Call for Rejection of Ambasssadorial Nominees: "Minimal Demonstrated Qualifications for Their Posts"

LINK March 5th 2014 AFSA Governing Board Resolution

Political Appointments to Ambassadorships
by Ambassador (ret.) Ed Marks

In Memoriam William Dale

LINK Foreign Service-related blogs at afsa.org/foreign_service_blogs.aspx.

A Diplomat's Handbook

Vienna 1986 BBC historical documentary research request for former diplomatic or embassy staff

AFSA's Memorial Marker

In Memoriam Arthur Bardos

In Memoriam Mark Palmer

In Memoriam Reginald Bartholomew

LINK Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) oral histories

Diplomacy's Public Dimension: Books, Articles, Websites by Bruce Gregory

The Second Annual Walter Roberts Lecture: Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in 2013: The View from State

Special gift for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses by Bruce Gregory

"The Barrios of Manta" on Facebook

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Book Reviews
William P. Kiehl, Contributing Editor

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New The Wrong Enemy Review by Jon P. Dorschner

New More Than Just Diplomacy Review by Joe B. Johnson

New U.S. Alliances from the First World War to the Arab Spring Review by Michael W. Cotter

New Alternative North Americans Review by John Handley


Spoken Word Reviews
Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor

New Grand Strategy and Sea Power Review by Francis P. Sempa

New Where's the Strategy? President Obama's Address to West Point Review by Gwen Clare

Coming this summer: For the upcoming anniversary of World War I, we will have several speech reviews on that topic.

Diplomats Who Are Authors

New Excerpt from Flame by Barry Fulton

   The big guy with the pistol instructed his younger companion to ride ahead with Scott on the back of the bike. Any funny business from Scott, and the bara mujrim, as Scott came to think of him, would kill him dead. That would require the skill of a sharpshooter and the luck of a Powerball winner. Kandahar was little more than an hour away. Scott had planned to escape well before crossing the Pak-Afghan border. Dusk would soon turn to darkness.
   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...

Authors Who Were Diplomats

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

   Howells had asked for Munich, hoping that he could improve his German and steep himself in German poetry.  After much delay, he received an assignment to Rome.

 

 

 

 

Commentary and Analysis

New The Indian Election by Jon P. Dorschner

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

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

New Exchange of Ideas between William Harrop and Thomas E. McNamara on Rebalancing National Security Policy After Afghanistan and Iraq (November 2013)

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

Remembering and Forgetting June 4, 1989 by Paul Levine

Sources of U.S. Tension with the United Arab Emirates by William Rugh

LINKS Our frequent contributor, David A. Langbart, a senior archivist in the Textual Archives Services Division at the National Archives, specializes in the records of the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies. His latest discovery followed up a lead from CBS News' "60 Minutes".

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/1939-letter-found-plea-to-fdr-to-save-jewish-kids/

http://blogs.archives.gov/TextMessage/2014/04/30/nicholas-winton-and-refugee-children-a-follow-up-to-60-minutes/

 

The International Community and Pakistan by Jon P. Dorschner

From the National Archives: Bureaucratic Pique by David Langbart

 

 

American diplomacy in Tunisia in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries by Adel Manai

Afghan Elections Part I by Andrew Hicks and Francisco Diaz

LINK The Middle East Institute has just published an essay by our frequent contributor, Ambassador (ret.) William Rugh, who was US ambassador to the UAE from 1992-95 and has returned to Abu Dhabi periodically since then. Dr. Rugh is currently the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy at the Fletcher School. On a recent visit he noticed that Abu Dhabi had become heavily engaged in what might be called a new type of cultural diplomacy. This is the link to his essay on that topic.

Venezuelan Crisis by Patrick Duddy

TitoAfrica’s Hunger: Up-Close and Personal by Mark Wentling

The Return of Antarctica and the Origins and Future of Potential Conflict: The Eisenhower Administration’s Formulation of U.S. Antarctic Policy, 1953-1959 by Steve Dobransky

Tito
The website of Belgrade's leading newspaper Politika featuring Dr. Walter Robert's article on Marshal Tito (from our February '14 issue)

Tito: Personal Reflections by Walter R. Roberts

Waging War on Corruption:Interview with Fran Vogl by Laurence Peters

Marxist Theoretical Debates in Europe during the Cold War by Morris M. Mottale

The Quest for Peace: Henry A. Kissinger on Germany by Mirco Reimer

Post Afghanistan 2014: Future Battleground of Indo/Pakistan Rivalry by Jon P. Dorschner

Beyond Benghazi: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Troubled Times by Thomas Pickering

U.S. Public Diplomacy: A Look to the Past by Walter Roberts

From the Archives: A Founding Father of the Foreign Service on Political Appointees by David A. Langbart

Embassy Vatican under the spell of Embassy Rome by James F. Creagan

 

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

New Follow-up to April '14 article on run-up to Afghan Presidential Elections by Godfrey Garner

Israeli Law by Sol Schindler

The Battle for Control of the Middle East by Curt Jones

A Policy for Ukraine by Sol Schindler

World War III? Ask The Economist by Benjamin Landis

Gasland, Russia and Hysteria Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing by Keith C. Smith

Mid-East Peace by Sol Schindler

The Anachronism of Empire by Curt Jones

Robert Gates Memoir and its Impact on America's Policy in Afghanistan by Godfrey Garner

Paranoia: American Foreign Policy Since 1948 and How to Overcome It by Benjamin L. Landis

The Case for the Palestinians and a Way Forward by Ruth Ben-Or

Special: 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


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