American Diplomat goes behind the scenes to hear real stories from diplomats who lived newsworthy events overseas. Experience the Cuban revolution, Central American insurgencies, the end of apartheid and more through the eyes of those who were there. A project of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation in partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy.
9/11, Personal Inventory and a New Career
Nancy Ostrowski experienced the events of 9/11 first-hand, which inspired her to embark on a journey to a more satisfying, new career with USAID. See also her article in the Sept 2021 Foreign Service Journal, "Getting Off the X", and her book, Unplugged, published under the name Nancy Whitner-Reiter.
The Last Officer at Abbey Gate
Consular officer Alan Eaton helped scores of Afghans at risk evacuate from Kabul, working from inside the Abbey Gate at the airport at exactly the moment when our friend Toobah was on the other side of the gate, trying to get through. As Alan explains, "This is Jews in Germany, 1940: These people have to get out." Some did get out, some didn't. Alan shares these human moments.
The Future of American Diplomacy
Eric Rubin sums it up with one word. If we want to be successful in our diplomacy, we need to adopt a position of humility with respect to the rest of the world.
Toobah Evacuation Update
Our friend is still there, fearing for her life. What is going on in Afghanistan right now? Laura shares Toobah's most recent experience as evacuations stall and no one really knows why. Pete helps us understand what it all means.
These Are Not My Beautiful Feet
For Pride Month (belatedly posted due to events in Afghanistan and our coverage of those), Austin Richey-Allen recounts his story of gender transition in the Foreign Service. A trans kid, he discovered in adulthood that there is a term for his experience: gender dysphoria. From transition to leadership of GLIFA, Austin shares his story for the benefit not only of the LGBT, transgender and non-binary community, but for all of us who value a more inclusive world.
This Didn't Have to Happen
Our disastrous departure from Afghanistan. Hugo Llorens shares his knowledge of the Taliban's subgroups (hint: none abide by the Geneva Convention), his perspective on US domestic politics and its impact on the human tragedy in Afghanistan, and his view on what we might have done to exit the country with a conditions-based agreement focused on preserving human lives and dignity, instead of a wholesale surrender and the carnage that has ensued.
I’m an aspiring FSO and I’m always inspired and excited about a future in diplomacy. Also imagining myself in all of these stories, thank you for bringing these stories to the public!
This is a great podcast. As an aspiring FSO, I have enjoyed hearing about the experiences of both newer and more experienced FSOs. I think the recent trend towards featuring a more diverse range of FSOs on the podcast is a positive development but reckon there is still room for growth. Might there be an opportunity to feature FSOs from underrepresented groups like Asian-Americans or the LGBTQ as well?
An insight on diplomacy?! What?! This is so cool! I’ve always wanted to know more details and finally were getting to hear about the many facets of diplomacy. Thank you for this content!!!!