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The State of Homeland Security
Civil Nuclear Cooperation With Pakistan: Prospects and Consequences
Churchill’s 1941 Christmas Message from Washington, D.C.
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Trump's America
Work with the Russians on Syria
Putin Is No Ally Against ISIS
How Wars End
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From Climbing the Rain
by Howard Cincotta

Leyden watched the sky float languidly over his head, unable to see anything of the planet’s surface, only the indigo demarcation between the upper atmosphere and a lower-altitude bank of featureless clouds. …

Tirun's voice emerged from the NavCom. "Prepare to deploy wings and activate LZ beacon. On my mark."

At least this phase had seemed clear enough in the simulations. The screen, a rudimentary grid of the horizon and planet surface, displayed a glide path to the landing zone already marked by an earlier probe. "Don't steer out of the window," Tirun had lectured mission amateurs like Leyden. "Use the control stick to follow the glide path. Like a kid’s virtual reality game, only dumber and duller."

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Friends,

I urge those of you living in the United States to check the upcoming schedule of your local Public Broadcasting System station for a special program entitled "America’s Diplomats.” It is a one-hour documentary that will be shown on PBS in early March at various times depending upon the scheduling of PBS stations. The film was commissioned by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation and produced by the Foreign Policy Association under the direction of MacDara King.

“America’s Diplomats” is designed to summarize the historical contribution of our diplomats to the nation’s security and well-being, and to provide a portrait of the Foreign Service of the United States, America’s professional diplomatic service. It illustrates the responsibilities, achievements and challenges of United States diplomacy in the 21st Century. The film is a companion to the United States Diplomacy Center, America’s first museum and center of educational outreach on diplomacy, now under construction in Washington adjoining the Department of State.

The idea of creating this film came from American Diplomacy board-member Ambassador (ret.) Edward Marks, who had taped an interview with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) for its "Great Decisions" program. As many of you know, world affairs councils, schools and universities organize local programs annually to debate six or eight major foreign policy issues that FPA researches and outlines for them. Ambassador Marks persuaded fellow American Diplomacy board member Ambassador (ret.) William Harrop that the television crew at FPA could do a good job on a film about diplomacy and “America’s Diplomats” is the result.  Ambassador and Mrs. Harrop helped finance the project through their small Delavan Foundation that also supports this magazine.

Ambassadors Marks and Harrop assembled a team of retired Foreign Service colleagues to research diplomatic history and write the stories of two dozen diplomats that the producers could draw upon for the historical narrative. They suggested some thirty-five people they might interview, and they added others. Kathleen Turner, herself the daughter of a Foreign Service officer, provided the narration. The film is intended to inform the general public, to build knowledge and appreciation of what diplomacy has contributed to the nation, and to highlight the role of the professional Foreign Service.

After being featured on PBS the documentary will be used to promote the U.S. Diplomacy Center. I invite you to find out more about the center on these websites: diplomacycenterfoundation.org and diplomacy.state.gov.

Michael W. Cotter
Publisher

 

 

 

 

 

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It is with great sadness that I inform our readers that Henry Mattox, Ph.D., one of the founders of our journal passed away this past week after suffering a number of medical problems. We will provide a detailed In Memoriam feature about Henry, including comments by people who helped bring American Diplomacy into being, in our March posting.

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PBS TO AIR "AMERICA'S DIPLOMATS" IN EARLY MARCH
Friends,

​I urge those of you living in the United States to check the upcoming schedule of your local Public Broadcasting System station for a special program entitled "America’s Diplomats.” It is a one-hour documentary will be shown on PBS in early March at various times depending upon the scheduling of PBS stations. The film was commissioned by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation and produced by the Foreign Policy Association under the direction of MacDara King.

“America’s Diplomats” is designed to summarize the historical contribution of our diplomats to the nation’s security and well-being, and to provide a portrait of the Foreign Service of the United States, America’s professional diplomatic service. It illustrates the responsibilities, achievements and challenges of United States diplomacy in the 21st Century. The film is a companion to the United States Diplomacy Center, America’s first museum and center of educational outreach on diplomacy, now under construction in Washington adjoining the Department of State.

The idea of creating this film came from American Diplomacy board-member Ambassador (ret.) Edward Marks, who had taped an interview with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) for its "Great Decisions" program. As many of you know, world affairs councils, schools and universities organize local programs annually to debate six or eight major foreign policy issues that FPA researches and outlines for them. Ambassador Marks persuaded fellow American Diplomacy board member Ambassador (ret.) William Harrop that the television crew at FPA could do a good job on a film about diplomacy and “America’s Diplomats” is the result. Ambassador and Mrs. Harrop helped finance the project through their small Delavan Foundation that also supports this magazine.

Ambassadors Marks and Harrop assembled a team of retired Foreign Service colleagues to research diplomatic history and write the stories of two dozen diplomats that the producers could draw upon for the historical narrative. They suggested some thirty-five people they might interview, and they added others. Kathleen Turner, herself the daughter of a Foreign Service officer, provided the narration. The film is intended to inform the general public, to build knowledge and appreciation of what diplomacy has contributed to the nation, and to highlight the role of the professional Foreign Service.

After being featured on PBS the documentary will be used to promote the U.S. Diplomacy Center. I invite you to find out more about the center on these websites: diplomacycenterfoundation.org and diplomacy.state.gov.

Michael W. Cotter
Publisher

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