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and its Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense and with the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

Spring 2018

 

Books of Interest


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How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans by James W. Pardew
Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World by Michael Ignatieff
Collapse of a Country: A Diplomat's Memoir of South Sudan by Nicholas Coghan
Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination by Robert Bickers
Pakistan Unders Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State by Madiha Afzal
Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and  Pakistan by Steve Coll


 

Diplomats Who Are Authors
Winds of ChangeAtlanticists
Chapter 6 of The Atlanticists: A Story of American Diplomacy
by Ken Weisbrode

…by the time he was "drafted" to the presidency, Dwight Eisenhower was far more surefooted than Harry Truman ever could have hoped to be in 1945. He was also a good deal more devious. In crafting his so-called hidden hand presidency, Eisenhower almost always let others take the credit, and the blame, for the administration's actions. The histrionic Dulles was practically typecast for the part of foreign policy guru; yet there is little sign that he ever let himself forget who was in charge. This put the State Department in an odd position. The bureaus were consulted far less than they had been under Acheson; often they claimed to be embarrassed by Dulles's speeches and his obsequiousness toward members of Congress. Their interactions with the hatchet men of the front office—hired to appease Senator McCarthy and his backers—were unpleasant, to put it mildly. Yet with regard to Europe, the advent of Dulles did not present an altogether unhappy prospect.

Commentary & Analysis
Russia and Turkey—Dalliance or Alliance by W. Robert Pearson

1981: Hollywood Goes to China: First U.S. Film Week in The People's Republic by Margaret C. Pearson

Let's Talk Seriously About Afghanistan by Michael W. Cotter

Militarization and Marginalization of American Diplomacy and Foreign Policy by Anthony C. E. Quainton

Diplomacy on the Rocks by Barbara K. Bodine

From the National Archives
Tribute to a Fallen Diplomat by David Langbart

Nikita Khrushchev's Memoirs: Fallout? by David Langbart

Links
Diplopundit | Tom Shannon's "Dear Friends and Colleagues" Note Announcing His Foreign Service Retirement

The Hill | American Diplomacy is Not Dead

USC Center on Public Diplomacy | Russian Disinformation and US Public Diplomacy

The Hill | Pearl Harbor is Reminder of Importance of Our Foreign Service

Public Diplomacy Council| Straight Facts—Impact World Many Voices

Scribd | Letter to President Trump From Former U.S. Ambassadors to Africa

Pew Global | Global Attitudes Toward China and the U.S.

Foreign Service Life
Eyewitness
Foreign Service Accounts from the Oral History Archives (ADST.ORG)
Our upcoming Eyewitness installments will focus in part on the lives and work of USAID colleagues, highlighting the challenges and contributions of United States international development.  Read their personal accounts of how they arrived at development work—often including service in the Peace Corps—their experiences around the globe, and their thoughts on what works—and doesn't—in trying to make the most of U.S. assistance dollars to build sustainable global development. 

William Stacey Rhodes
Interview covers: Occidental College, Johns Hopkins, long-term training: Terry Sanford School Duke University, Central America, Haiti, Morocco, Nepal, South Africa, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Peace Corps
"Finally, to get into the morality—or even 'metaphysics'—of it all, for just a final minute; Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday was yesterday. He gave many great speeches, but in one he says—if I can paraphrase it—something like, "The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice." But he and others have pointed out that it doesn't bend by itself. …It only bends from people who go out 'into the arena', and actually fight for what they believe is right. People have to bend it! We have had the chance to do that in our own American way, and to help those in poorer and tougher places to make great strides for themselves and their countrymen."

Julius E. Coles
Interview covers: Morehead College, Princeton, Peace Corps, Vietnam, Morocco, Liberia, Nepal, Swaziland, Senegal, Howard University Ralph Bunche Center, Africare 
"Yes I think there is what they call donor fatigue in some countries, in some parts of the world. I think given the problems and the magnitude of the problems in the African continent, [and that is] to say that you have donor fatigue is to give up on 800 million people. I don't think the world can do that."

 

 


 

 

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