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POLITICAL AMBASSADORS: What can be learned in three years of on-the-job training
by Amb. (ret.) Ed Marks


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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
William P. Kiehl, Contributing Editor



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New Avoiding Armageddon Review by Don Camp

New The World's Most Dangerous Place Review by Gwen Clare

New FDR and the Jews Review by Paul Rockower

New The End of Nostalgia Review by Ted Wilkinson


"A week later, the Italian delegation, Captain Jordan, and I, landed on the aircraft carrier “Midway”. I soon discovered that approaching a carrier from the air can be unnerving. You notice the pilot is preparing to land, you know the carrier is down there, but it is not visible. And then, there is that tiny speck off in the distance, and your heart begins to pound. Landing on, and being catapulted from, an aircraft carrier must be analogous to astronaut training."


Commentary and Analysis

New The revisionist’s apology: The current police chief of Norway apologizes for the arrest of the Jews in 1942 by Robert Murphree

New Leveraging American Security Policy in the Caribbean: Rafael Trujillo, the Axis Threat, and Jewish Refugees from Europe in the 1930’s by Morris Mottale

New The Crying Need for a New Indian Economic Model by Jon P. Dorschner

New Rebalancing National Security Policy After Afghanistan and Iraq by Thomas E. McNamara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

New The Current Middle-East by Sol Schindler

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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New Comment on Nuclear Negotiations: Is it really the Fundamental Impasse between the U.S. and IRAN?

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New Comment on the Potential Employee, Great Work Proposal

Comment on the Flood in Lisbon

Comment on The Future of Public Diplomacy in Brazil

Comment on: Terrorism Must Be Fought By All Means!

Comment on: Review of The Thistle and the Drone

Comment on: Reviews of books on USIA

Comment on: A New FSO in President Kennedy's Final Year

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