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US Diplomats and US Military Leaders in the field from Iraq to Haiti - an inside view on how they work to advance US national security. A project of the American Academy of Diplomacy in partnership with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation The American Academy of Diplomacy

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US Diplomats and US Military Leaders in the field from Iraq to Haiti - an inside view on how they work to advance US national security. A project of the American Academy of Diplomacy in partnership with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

    USAID & War Zones: Iraq and Afghanistan with Senior Mission Directors Bambi Arellano and Ken Yamashita.

    USAID & War Zones: Iraq and Afghanistan with Senior Mission Directors Bambi Arellano and Ken Yamashita.

    Bambi and Ken describe the difficulties and results of USAID development programs in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the effect of US military surges and drawdowns, the dangers of going into the field and the pressure of constant audits.
     

    • 43 min
    Development as a Tool of National Security Part II: USAID in Afghanistan– Achievements, Lessons Learned and Using the Right Resources in Future Challenges

    Development as a Tool of National Security Part II: USAID in Afghanistan– Achievements, Lessons Learned and Using the Right Resources in Future Challenges

    USAID veterans Alonzo Fulgham and James Bever talk about protecting their people, near misses, accomplishments and what the US will need in future challenges. 

    • 21 min
    Development as a Tool of National Security Part I: The Case of Afghanistan with USAID Senior Leaders Alonzo Fulgham and James Bever

    Development as a Tool of National Security Part I: The Case of Afghanistan with USAID Senior Leaders Alonzo Fulgham and James Bever

    Former Acting USAID Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever give a behind the scenes account of how tough it was to work in Afghanistan and how they worked with the US military in the field.

    • 27 min
    The US, Kyrgyzstan & Central Asia: General Blaine Holt and Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller Explain How They Worked to Keep the Key US Base at Manas Despite Riots and Political Upheaval & Outline US Interests in this Key Region Bordering China and Russia

    The US, Kyrgyzstan & Central Asia: General Blaine Holt and Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller Explain How They Worked to Keep the Key US Base at Manas Despite Riots and Political Upheaval & Outline US Interests in this Key Region Bordering China and Russia

    General Holt and Ambassador Gfoeller describe their efforts to keep the Manas base as an airbridge for the US effort in Afghanistan during a local coup, violent ethnic cleansing & managing competing Russian and Chinese interests. They underline the importance of US influence in this volatile region including stemming Islamic extremism. 

    • 45 min
    US Security Interests in Latin American & the Caribbean Part II: Admiral Tidd and Ambassador Ayalde Discuss Venezuela, Cuba, Central America, Iran, Russia and China

    US Security Interests in Latin American & the Caribbean Part II: Admiral Tidd and Ambassador Ayalde Discuss Venezuela, Cuba, Central America, Iran, Russia and China

    Admiral Tidd and Ambassador Ayalde talk about Venezuelan migrants, sending out the SS Comfort, disaster relief to the Caribbean, the opening to Cuba, Central America and the activities of Iran, China, and Russia in the region.

    • 26 min
    US Security Interests in Latin America & the Caribbean Part I: Admiral Kurt Tidd and Ambassador Liliana Ayalde Discuss Their Partnership at US SOUTHCOM and Working With Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador

    US Security Interests in Latin America & the Caribbean Part I: Admiral Kurt Tidd and Ambassador Liliana Ayalde Discuss Their Partnership at US SOUTHCOM and Working With Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador

    Admiral Tidd and Ambassador Ayalde discuss playing the US military and diplomatic tracks in the region, shifting the focus from drugs to global criminal networks, partnering with Colombia, the challenge of Brazil, and re-engaging with Ecuador.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Pasha Vafaee ,

Great concept, very engaging!

Such a cool idea, this is a great way to engage wider audiences on issues of diplomacy that aren’t always accessible to all. Very important for this kind of work to be supported! I look forward to future episodes and conversations.

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