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Dealing with a Leftist Dipsomaniac: The United States and Ecuador’s Carlos Arosemena
In the 1960s, U.S. foreign policy had two bugbears: the Soviet Union and Cuba. The United States wished to prevent another Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro’s rise to power, through policies like the Alliance for Progress. As the United States continued to worry about potential leftist revolutions across the region, Ecuador became a setting for this battle over hearts and minds.
Tex Harris Keep Your Hands Above Your Head
Distinguished American diplomat Tex Harris recounts attempted intimidation by Argentine security forces in 1977, at the height of that country’s “Dirty War.” From the series "Tales of American Diplomacy" by the Association for Diplomatic Studies & Training. Because diplomacy matters now more than ever.
Relationships - Women in the Foreign Service
Women have been a fundamental part of the Foreign Service in both visible and invisible ways since its founding, making countless contributions. These are the stories of trailblazing women in the Foreign Service and how they paved the way for the present.
Brunei, one of the smallest, yet richest states in the world, is located on the island of Borneo, in the Indonesian archipelago. Fewer than 500,000 people live within its 22,00 square miles. A new constitution in 1959 declared Brunei a self-governing state, while entrusting conduct of its foreign affairs to the United Kingdom. Until 1994, when it asserted full independence. Learn more about this modern-day sultanate.
Nixon in China- A Question of Interpretation
Nixon's "jowls were wobbling in anger" when a young foreign service officer, during Nixon's historic 1972 visit to China, saved the President from embarrassment by refusing to interpret. Here is the story.
South Africa, DeKlerk and the End of Apartheid
In a one-on-one meeting in 1989, future South African President F.W. DeKlerk told Hank Cohen, America's senior diplomat for Africa, that if elected he would free Mandela, un-ban the ANC, and end apartheid. DeKlerk delivered. Here is that story.
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Fascinating interviews, poor audio quality
I subscribed to this podcast after hearing about it from the ADST newsletter. While it seems to be a fairly new podcast, I find the oral history interviews fascinating. However, the audio quality is poor in two areas: there is too much background noise and the speaker’s voices are not very clear. The interviewer tends to ask too many leading questions. Also, the intro and ending sequence quality vary greatly. Some of the podcasts have a clean, professional sounding intro, others sound like a wonky experiment….
Horrible sound quality
It gets two stars for he interesting subject matter, but the audio quality is horrible ! The quality is so poor that I can't hear or bear to listen to the interviews. Also , the interviewer asks so many leading questions and interjects himself. It's obnoxious. Please take some cues from other podcasts that interview USG officials such as American Diplomat or Spy Museum.