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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.

American Diplomat Ambassador (Retired) Pete Romero and Writer/Producer Laura Bennett

    • Education

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.

    A Student of Leadership

    A Student of Leadership

    Most of us are not born with leadership skills, explains Marc Grossman, one of the highest-ranking career Foreign Service Officers ever. We learn to become leaders. We fail a lot, we pick ourselves up and knock on more doors, and we learn.  (Laura loves this episode and is now ready to take over the world.)

    • 51 min
    All Peace is Local

    All Peace is Local

    In helping stabilize failing states, what do you do about disaffected, potentially dangerous citizens?  How do you help citizens own their country's peace?  Keith Mines is back with more on nation builildng.  Laura's favorite takeaway:  A good leader is empathic.

    • 49 min
    Could This Happen to Me?

    Could This Happen to Me?

    Eric Rubin, President of the Foreign Service Officers' "union", compares the treatment of Foreign Service Officers during the McCarthy era and support that is available today, during "the biggest political battle of a generation."

    • 32 min
    What is Nation-Building?

    What is Nation-Building?

    And why is it a bad word?  How could Thailand kill 40 million chickens without a state?  Keith Mines explains all of this and why we care, drawing on his vast political, military, economic, and humanitarian nation-building experience.

    • 50 min
    Foreign Service Test? Quiz Show? You Decide.

    Foreign Service Test? Quiz Show? You Decide.

    Laura's Foreign Service Test, finally.  Did she pass?  Did she live? Were the questions fair?  Were the examiners fair?  Pete and Dave Rabadan are tough.  Was Laura tough enough?

    • 40 min
    Pedro Pan and the Guerrillas

    Pedro Pan and the Guerrillas

    Pete sends Phil Chicola to guerrilla country to investigate the deaths of American linguist missionaries, and both Pete and Phil are accused of negotiating with the FARC. All of this concurrent with the Clinton impeachment, and as Pete explains, it got ugly. Especially with Baby Huey.  

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

Voxer55 ,

Excellent Show

Great content and conversation - but maybe less uh hum and mm hms from the hosts while guest is speaking.

Micehaus ,

Great storytelling and more

The guests on this podcast are diplomats with a wide range of experiences in the US Foreign Service. The stories and details they tell provide an unparalleled context and details that are fantastic as course material for undergraduates in political science and foreign policy, or anyone interested in foreign affairs. There is also a current events component here as the hosts and the guests tie in their experiences and historical details with what is happening now, this providing a helpful and nuanced level of understanding. Finally, for those who are currently serving the FS, this is a great additional “informal” mentoring from some of the top US diplomats. Highly recommend as it is both educational and entertaining at the same time!

Diplonerd ,

Great show!

Great show, interesting topics, fantastic guests...just wish the hosts would let the guests talk a little more and stop interrupting them!

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