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Excerpt from Suffer the Children, Robert Earle’s new novel

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NEW June Links
Marco Rubio’s Foreign Policy Vision
China’s Rise and the Geopolitics of East Asia
NATO Adapting to a Changed Security Environment
Vice President Biden on the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
NATO in the Age of Limited Wars
Senator Lindsey Graham on Iran’s Nuclear Program
State Building in Somalia
The Future of the Navy and Marine Corps
Eisenhower’s D-Day Order Broadcast
FDR’s D-Day Prayer
The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

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Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?
Reasons Not to Dally in Iraq
Rumbling and Blundering About Papal Climate Change
The Evil of Our Time
The ISIS Beheading Narrative
'Look…It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal
The Economic Consequences of Austerity
The Devil, or Mr. Wang
Made in Beijing: An Anti-China Alliance Emerges
Coming to Terms
Turkey Comes Undone
History Lesson: Opposition to Export-Import Bank Has Grown over Time

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Authors Who Were Diplomats

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

Diplomats Who Are Authors

NEW Chapter 5 from Suffer the Children by Robert Earle

Chapter 17: At Sea from The Extraordinary Journey of Harry Forth by Bruce K. Byers

After Apple Picking by Robert Earle

Chapter Sixteen Cacao cum Cocoa by Mark Wentling

The American Mission by Matthew Palmer

Flame by Barry Fulton

Farishta by Patricia McArdle

Cosa Buena by Robert Earle

The Ambassador to Everland by Howard Cincotta

Savarona by J. Patrick Hart

Special Section: Diplomats Who Are Artists

AbidjanaiseWork by Cynthia Farrell Johnson


Work by Bud Hensgren

Commentary and Analysis

My Husband and the General by Betsey Barnesby Paul Levine
"... as someone who lived in China for nearly seven years I can recognize many of the symptoms that Brown, Osnos and Shambaugh describe. While remaining skeptical about the immanent collapse of the Party I am struck by another manifestation which may prove to be just as dangerous: the inexorable movement of China towards a system of two disparate nations living under one authoritarian system."

Commentary and Analysis
NEW Is China Cracking Up? by Paul Levine

NEW Making Aid Work by Building Strong Institutions: Observations on aid after over four decades of practicing development in Africa by Mark Wentling

NEW Partners in Leadership: German-American Relations in a Post- 9/11-World by Mirco Reimer

NEW Caution and Narendra Modi by Jon P. Dorschner


NEW LINK Tidbits from the Archives: Waterloo reported by US COM Paris John Quincy Adams by David A. Langbart

NEW LINK Airplanes Over France, June 6, 1944by David A. Langbart

The Trio of the Serious: Geopolitical Turmoil in the Middle East by Edward Marks and Robert Cox

Death of a Dynasty: Tory Defeat in Alberta by David T. Jones

D5 & the Transformation of Digital Government by Anna Massoglia

Containment, Again: A Long-Tern Perspective on Recent Russian Claims by Joe Renouard

Divided Nation, United Military: The Burmese Government as Junta Par Excellence by Matthew Koo

LINK Leaks in the Department of State, 1963: Antecedents by David A. Langbart

LINK Department of State Records Relating to Turkish Atrocities Against the Armenians During World War I by David A. Langbart

LINK Bipartisanship in Foreign Policy, 1953 by David A. Langbart

International Crisis: Female Genital Mutilation by Cynthia Wood

Strategic Challenges After The 9/11 Wars by Thomas E. McNamara

LINK Memoirs of a Secretary of State: Cordell Hull by David A. Langbart

India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party by Jon P. Dorschner

The INF Treaty—Back into the Morass? by David T. Jones

Public Diplomacy: Time to Debate Change, Continuity, and Doctrines by Don Bishop

The Islamic World Faces Its Future by Benjamin Landis

LINK Rebuilding After World War II: The Experience of Saint-Lo, France by David A. Langbart

The Return of Classical Geopolitics by Francis P. Sempa

Thoughts of Afghanistan and the Impending Withdrawal by Richard Averna

From the National Archives: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington": Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy as Movie Critic by David A. Langbart

From the National Archives: The Department of State on the Eve of World War II by David A. Langbart

Internet Article Alert Link: www.stratfor.com/sample/weekly/oriental-despotism
Our Foreign Service colleague John Vincent comments on a recent article "Oriental Despotism" by Robert Kagan, from the November 12, 2014 Stratfor Global Intelligence website. We appreciate this contribution and welcome all future article alerts from our readers. (ed.)

Diplomacy and Intercultural Communication by Yoav Tenembaum

LINK to remarks by Mark Grossman
"A Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Back to the Future?"
www.afsa.org/FSJ/0914/files/assets/common/downloads/sep2014fsj.pdf (page 22)

LINK to remarks by PDC President Don Bishop
A year ago, I feared that the "trifecta" of scandals then engulfing Washington — Benghazi, the IRS and the Tea Party, and government access to Americans’ phone and email records — posed some real challenges for Public Diplomacy officers overseas. Back then, I could hardly imagine how difficulties would multiply.
Public Diplomacy in Time of Partisanship

The Indian Election by Jon P. Dorschner

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

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

Exchange of Ideas between William Harrop and Thomas E. McNamara
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

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NEW United Kingdom on today’s international stage: Will the Mad King ever come to his senses? by Kenneth Mathieu

NEW Foreign Service Masochism by Edward Marks

NEW Considering Pakistan by Godfrey Garner

Revolution : the “peak births” theory by Laurent Chalard

Venezuela's Crisis, U.S. Sanctions and the UNASUR Reaction by Patrick Duddy

Give the New Afghan Government a Chance by Godfrey Garner

Perilous Times: Planning for the Unspeakable by Thomas R. Hutson

Do We Really Want Turkey as a NATO Ally? by Sol Schindler

Winners and Losers by Sol Schindler

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

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Comment on The United States and Latin America: Individuals and Institutions

Comment on Coming home: different Popes for different times

Comment on Future Battleground of Indo/Pakistan Rivalry

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AFSA Book Notes: More Than Just Diplomacy
George Gedda discussed his book, More Than Just Diplomacy: The Personalities, Turf Battles, Danger Zones for Diplomats, Exotic Datelines, Miscast Appointees, … the Laughs – And, Sadly, the Occasional Homicide, at AFSA headquarters. Video available. Reviewed here.

WACA Cover to Cover: Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
World Affairs Councils of America's 'Cover to Cover' series featured Amb. Christopher Hill on October 6, 2014. A recording is available here.

"The Barrios of Manta" on Facebook

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.

“Africa’s Release,” by our contributor, retired USAID FSO, Mark Wentling's, is the second book of his African Trilogy. Although his trilogy makes for entertaining and educational reading, it is also an attempt to communicate “development” via fiction. - Ed.

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