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.
Don't Let Us Be Killed
HT, an Afghan interpreter who worked alongside US forces and has been denied a visa to come to the United States explains how he served, who in his family has been killed as a consequence of his service, and how difficult it is for him to find safety as the US departs his country. Tony Wayne opens the episode, speaking from the perspective of a US diplomat.
Encore: Send Lawyers, Guns and Money
Consular officer Kate Canavan on the many things that can go wrong in Tijuana. Two air traffic controllers, fired for going on strike, go into (very) private industry. Pete’s words: “Breaking Bad, in the skies.”
Encore: We’ll Always Have Paris
Communism drives immigration decisions, 1956. Hank Cohen is in love. It’s his first tour, and he’s in Paris. The Soviets invade Hungary and Hank helps thousands of refugees flee Communist aggression and make new lives in the US. But what about heartthrob megastar Yves Montand, who is an avowed Communist? How can Hank get him a visa? And about that girl…
Encore: Who Lost China?
It is the 1950s. Senator Joseph McCarthy and his henchman Roy Cohn target and humiliate our diplomats for accurately reporting an eventual Mao victory in China. Jack Service and his family are at the center of the storm. How are things different today?
Encore: Stay Home and Pour the Tea
A social worker by profession, Bonnie Miller traveled the world with her spouse Ambassador Tom Miller and created the first-ever course in Psychosocial Consequences of War in response to trauma she witnessed in Sarajevo. But the life changing moment came when she met victims of sexual trafficking. And that’s when Bonnie Miller really got started.
Dull, Duller, Dulles
Trick Question: What happened in Yalta in 1945? Probably more than you think! And why did those proceedings hold up the confirmation of Ambassador Avis Bohlen's father Charles Bohlen as Ambassador to the Soviet Union? Plus: Are things better in American politics today than during the McCarthy era, or worse?For the full story, see Avis's article in the May 2021 Foreign Service Journal, or this link: https://afsa.org/victory-against-mccarthy-bohlen-confirmation.
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!!!!