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Hot Books in the Cold War

"[W]hat we did not know was that our relatively modest and overt book and publication initiatives at that time were being greatly and effectively amplified by a massive covert book distribution program run by the Central Intelligence Agency."


AFSA's Memorial Marker

In Memoriam Arthur Bardos

In Memoriam Mark Palmer

In Memoriam Reginald Bartholomew

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) has just completed uploading its entire collection of 1800 oral histories onto its website. The oral history collection is still available on the Library of Congress website; however, the ADST interviews have tables of contents and are in an easy-to-read PDF format. In addition, the oral history page has Google Custom Search, which makes it much easier to look through the entire collection. See for yourself at: http://adst.org/oral-history/oral-history-interviews/

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

AFSA Statement on the Tragic Deaths of American Diplomatic Personnel in Libya

American Academy of Diplomacy Mourns Loss of Colleagues

DACOR Statement on Death of Amb. Stevens

United Nations issues sixty-second volume of 'Yearbook of the United Nations'

PDF LINK: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on IRAQ

"Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work"

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Book Reviews
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New Hot Books/Cold War Review by Leonard J. Baldyga

New Imperial Designs Review by Greta Morris

New The Barrios of Manta Review by Brenda Brown Schoonover

New The Creation of the American Era by John Brown

Bret HarteAmerican Writers Who Were Diplomats
Bret Harte

[Harte's] leave-taking was to be his last; he never returned to the United States, never saw his family together again and saw his wife but once 25 years later when she visited him, ever so briefly, in London. It is undoubtedly the longest “separate maintenance allowance” period on record in the Department, except that there was no maintenance and the only allowance given the family was what Mr. Harte managed to send each month until his death in 1902. The whole of the family’s relations with their husband and father was carried on in the thousands of letters which  Harte wrote, a literary accomplishment that in many respects eclipsed much of his latter-day production.


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New American Writers Who Were Diplomats Bret Harte: The Frontier Writer As Consul by William Sommers

New A Glimpse at Nigeria's Ongoing Islamic Terrorist Challenges by Brenda Brown Schoonover

New "National Security: Terrorism and Violent Regime Change” Keynote Address, 2013 DACOR Annual Conference, September 27, 2013 by Thomas E. McNamara

New Rare Earth Elements and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Critical Ascension of REEs in Global Politics and U.S. National Security by Steve Dobransky

New The last American Consul in Puerto Rico: Phillip C. Hanna by Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán

New Africans without a privilege: Is the Maghreb the Black Swan of US diplomacy? by Abdelilah Bouasria & Mohamed Abdouh Kabir

New Righteous Foreign Policy: The American Missionary Network and Theodore Roosevelt’s Middle East Policy by David Grantham

New US Strategic Alignments and Re alignments in the Asia Pacific? by Vignesh Ram

Austria Redux by Walter Roberts

Egypt's democracy benchmark in the 21st Century: Re-launching Direct Democracy by Abeer Bassiouny Radwan

Strategy in the Aftermath of War: Waterloo, the Somme and Omaha Beach by Francis P. Sempa

Civil War in America, Unification in Italy, and a Developing Relationship by Peter Bridges

On Behalf of a Grateful Nation: Honoring the American Military in Belgium by Brenda Brown Schoonover

Is America Losing Its Voice? by David Hyatt

From the bipolar world to the challenged triumvirate: a new vision of global geopolitics by Laurent Chalard

Venezuela After Chávez by Patrick L Duddy

Mirabile Dictu: A Professional Diplomat gets Rome by James Creagan

Guide for the Aspiring Imperialist by Curt Jones

The Unipolar Trap by Ofer Israeli

bookFrom the Archives: The State Department in World War I by David A. Langbart

Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: How the West Won by Yale Richmond

The Future of United States Public Diplomacy in Brazil by Blair Rapalyea

Afghanistan: Prospects post U.S. Withdrawal by Godfrey Garner

The Role Of Diplomats In The 21st Century
Discussion with Ambassadors Marc Grossman and Jim Jeffrey and Foreign Policy editor Josh Rogin, a senior staff writer with "Foreign Policy Magazine" (This is a transcript of the 02-11-13 NPR Kojo Nnamdi Show)

Writers Who Were Diplomats: James Russell Lowell US Minister to Spain by William Sommers

Teaching Kafka in China by Paul Levine

The Emancipation Proclamation and U.S. Foreign Policy by Christopher Teal


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New Syria’s Turmoil: What’s Next for the U.S.? by Aaron Brown

The Syrian Dilemma by Sol Schindler

US Policy for Egypt by Sam Holliday

When is a "Coup" not a Coup? by Curt Jones

The United States "War on Terror" Has Been Overtaken by Events by Jon Dorschner

A Permanent American Presence in Afghanistan: We Still Have Time to do the Right Thing by Godfrey L. Garner

What should we learn from the bombing in Boston? by Sam Holliday

Editor's Note: Columnist George Will's comments on same topic: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-korematsu-and-the-dangers-of-waiving-constitutional-rights/2013/04/24/75586ca6-ac3e-11e2-b6fd-ba6f5f26d70e_story.html

Presidents are breaking the U.S. Foreign Service

Ego Gratification by Sol Schindler

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