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EDITOR: Csaba T. Chikes

Books of Interest
William P. Kiehl, Contributing Editor

Spoken Word Reviews
Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor

September Links
The Rise of New Nationalism in Russia
The Iran Wars
Fighting the financing of Terrorism
U.S.-Asia Policy
The US-UK Alliance
The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World
New Zealand's View of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Two State Solution: Dream or Delusion?
Brexit as a Brighter Future for the UK
The Rhetoric of 9/11



Flashback: September 18 1996
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Editor: Henry E. Mattox, PhD
Publisher: Amb. T. Frank Crigler (Ret.)
Chapel Hill, NC
Updated as of 18 September 1996
Editorial Advisory Board &
Technical Staff
Volume I, No. 1

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Celebrating American Diplomacy Publishers 20th Anniversary And Honoring Its Founders
by Brenda Brown Schoonover, Amb. (Ret.)
President of the Board of Directors, American Diplomacy Publishers

The Beginning

On September 18, 1996, the inaugural edition of American Diplomacy (AD), Volume One, Number One was published. It was the launching of an electronic journal on commentary, analysis and research on foreign policy and its practice—available only on line.










With this issue Bill Kiehl's valuable service to American Diplomacy formally comes to a close. Over the past seven years, Bill was my immediate predecessor as Editor and my colleague as Contributing Editor for Books over the past seven years. We will all sorely miss his contributions under the masthead but take comfort in his continuing presence on our Board.

But I take special comfort in noting with confidence that this latest passage in his life after the Foreign Service will assuredly not find him pondering his next course of action. Because he has never yet found himself in a position to fret.

Even the most casual reading of Bill's bio in American Diplomacy offers an exemplary foreign service career, topping off a State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary position with a Diplomat in Residence tenure at the Army War College.

However our close personal friendship, forged while serving in neighboring Warsaw Pact countries —Budapest and Prague—during the twilight of fading communist rule has offered me additional perspective on his post retirement activities; specifically, useful insight into Bill's response to the life challenge facing us all at the close of our stimulating and purposeful careers.

In addition to his valuable contributions to American Diplomacy as Editor and Books Editor, he has served as Executive Director and later Treasurer of the Public Diplomacy Council for which he also edited two anthologies of public diplomacy materials; edited a commemorative book for the Thai Foreign Ministry on the 175th anniversary of US-Thai diplomatic relations; served three TDY excursion tours for the State Department to fill post vacancies in Norway, Montenegro and Haiti; dabbled in politics as county co-chair of the 2008 McCain Campaign; served as an election official for the past decade, and, more recently, writes a regular Op-Ed column for the Lancaster, PA newspapers.

Along the way he has also completed a Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and published a book on college internationalization based on his dissertation.

And he continues to fit in plenty of travel to whittle away at his bucket list of adventures.

In short, he has happily demonstrated a firm grasp of a life lived more abundantly.

We all wish him Godspeed as his journey continues to unfold.

Csaba T. Chikes

Internet Articles FYI
George Clack, Contributing Editor

September Links
As Threats Increase, America Needs a Diplomat in Chief
Erupting Nationalisms
The Economic Trend Is Our Friend
Hajj, the Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca, Explained for Non-Muslims
The Drone Presidency
Brexit Blues
Drawing Europe
Trump's immigration Speech and the Battle over What America Means
The 'Strength' of Vladimir Putin
Weimar German and Donald Trump
How ISIS Will End
When the Caliphate Crumbles: The Future of the Islamic State's Affiliates
Quotable: Alberto Fernandez on ISIS Propaganda—and the American Patrimony


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