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.
Enchiladas and Golumpkis
Assimilation is better than integration, counsels Ambassador Michael Polt of ASU's Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab. Assimilation says: "I really want you to be a part of us." Assimilation means our new friends are expected to stay and become a valued part of who we are. Besides, hating people is exhausting. In the end, it all comes down to character. (And this is why we love our friend Michael Polt.)
Tweeting Is Not Acting
Immigration expert Eric Farnsworth is back to parse what he describes as our unilateral disarmament diplomatically in the Western Hemisphere, due to bipartisan failure to compromise. "We're doing it to ourselves," explains Eric. And here comes the Summit of the Americas in LA in June.
Encore: Desiree Cormier – Africa and Tijuana
Bringing Europe and China to Africa and Granola Bars to Jail - originally posted in March 2018. Enjoy!
Threats to the Foreign Service
Overseas and at home, Foreign Service officers face danger to themselves and their careers, from Benghazi to McCarthyism to the Trump presidency. John Naland and Harry Kopp discuss these risks and why we take them in their book Career Diplomacy: Lfe and Work in the US Foreign Service.
War crimes and genocide, from the Holocaust of World War II to Ukraine today, and many other places on earth. Moved by his experience of the civil rights movement as a youth in the South, Ed O'Donnel devoted his life to preventing the emergence of genocides worldwide and bringing justice in their aftermath.
Ukraine: The Will to Fight
No one guessed Ukraine could succeed in combatting Putin. How has the country done it? What has Putin got wrong? General Ben Freakley is back with insights on the will to fight, military strategy, and values-based leadership.
I love This!
Wondering about an out reach program to all high schools in the USA to create a starting line for work in the Foreign Service or other types of state craft. So students could begin to to develop vision, for what the path to a career like that looks like?
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!
Please try to avoid prognostications — when you or your guests predict what will happen next in Ukraine, it turns out wrong. Just stick with insightful interviews and lay out the array of options.