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A Reflection of Memorial Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I find it unacceptable when one's patriotism and one's love of country is called into question when one advocates for peaceful means of conflict resolution, for it is also an act of patriotism to work to keep our brave and courageous troops out of harm's way, and to work to create conditions and understanding that ultimately make war less likely.

Diplomacy Between Sprint and Marathon

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Today, marathon diplomacy has become more and more related to bureaucratic processes. Often, these processes are put in place to strengthen inclusivity and accountability. They also risk slowing down diplomacy to such an extent that it can harm its effectiveness.

UN Lounge: Where Diplomats and Renegades Rendezvous!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Delegates' Lounge though served a more useful function than the trivial that this article might initially indicate. It is a common, neutral ground where ambassadors might bump into each other, even if their capitals did not have formal diplomatic relations.

In UN Rape Cases, Diplomats' Resignations Do Not Equal Criminal Accountability

Bea Edwards | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

The United Nations is not equipped to address criminal conduct in its ranks. The Secretariat's reaction to the reports of rape and sodomy that have surfaced this summer involving UN personnel, either as suspects or reporters, make that much abundantly clear.

Frontline Civilians: It's Time We Honor All Who Serve

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Matt Zeller

Instead of advocating for the return of the draft, Moulton was joining prominent leaders such as President Obama and General McChrystal (who is leading the Franklin Project) to call on all Americans to engage in some act of public service in their lifetime -- just as the civilians who I served with had done.

A Rendezvous With History

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

Despite drastically different duties and daily lives following the war's outbreak, American diplomats, reporters, and civilians in France recorded their rendez-vous with history and their reactions.

The Heatmakerz Are Still Bringing That Heat

Azeem Khan | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

I had a chance to sit down with Rsonist of the group to ask how he got into music, what his thoughts are on technology breakthroughs in music, and where he feels hip-hop is headed.

The Diplomat's Pen: Culture, Imagination and Knowledge

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

Italy is a marvelous cultural country. I am not biased when I say it -- there are many reasons to believe it.

Youth Help Little Victims of Plight

Suna Senman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Suna Senman

As little victims of plight, the children miss out on natural development through play and education. These children need the same care and security as any child in the world.

Being A Teenager In The White House, From Chelsea Clinton (VIDEO)

Posted 03.17.2014 | Home

As a teenager growing up in the White House, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, had some great memories to share with us about her...

Meeting Nelson Mandela, From Chelsea Clinton (VIDEO)

Posted 03.17.2014 | Home

A moment that stood out for Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, while living in the White House, was the time she got to meet the g...

Are Political Appointees the Only U.S. Diplomats Who Haven't Been to the Country to Which They Are Assigned?

John Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
John Brown

In my case, of all the countries to which I was assigned, I had previously visited only three -- the U.K., Russia, and Czechoslovakia. Other nations where I had the privilege to serve -- Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia -- I had never been.

State Department Official Who Helped With Benghazi Talking Points Nominated To Top Post

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, to become assistant secretary for European and Eurasian ...

The Dangerous Duty Of Diplomats

Reuters | Posted 07.19.2013 | World

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - When the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda placed a bounty on her husband's head, Mary ...

What Diplomats Can Learn from Pope Francis

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Institutions such as the International Criminal Court and various treaty bodies are the tide. However, the capacity to recognize the human being in the other is at the source of a new "Golden Rule" that will fashion relationships of compatibility, even synergy over adversity.

Remembering Ambassador Christopher Stevens

Justice Paul H. Anderson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Justice Paul H. Anderson

Ambassador Christopher Stevens is an American hero and we must take special care not to tarnish his legacy.

Stay the Course in Diplomacy

Lt. General Donald L. Kerrick | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Lt. General Donald L. Kerrick

We must stay strong and resilient in our convictions as Americans always do, and stand our ground to promote our values and our national interests. That is how we can best honor the memory of those who gave their lives in Benghazi.

Powell: There Is a 'Bias' Against Diplomats in Washington

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Nicholas Kralev

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says many in Washington -- his fellow Republicans in particular -- are biased against diplomats, because of a wrong perception that diplomats are indecisive and want to compromise at all cost.

After Benghazi: Diplomacy With a State; War Within

Wendy Chamberlin | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Wendy Chamberlin

Ambassador Chris Stevens's death aroused public debate regarding acceptable safety standards and circumstances for American diplomats and whether we should even be in "those places." The answer from those of us who have served in the Foreign Service: "Yes!" We should be there. We must be there.

Bulletproof Luxury: Possibly The Most Outrageous Hotel Suite in America (Photos)

Elizabeth Thorp | Posted 11.18.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Thorp

Behind soundproof, bullet-resistant glass, a private entrance and a closed-captioned security system, the Royal Suite at The Four Seasons Washington is as beautiful as it is functional.

Diplomat's Servant Exposes Modern Day Slavery in the U.S.

Erwin de Leon | Posted 05.05.2012 | Crime
Erwin de Leon

The diplomat brought Shanti Gurung to New York in 2006 with the promise of paying her $100 a month to do light cooking and a few chores. The 17-year-old ended up working 16-hour days, cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, grocery shopping and giving massages.

International Climate Negotiations Grind to a Standstill

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Not much has been said or written about the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since the flurry of post-Cancun commentary. So what's been happening with the climate talks?

U.S. Ambassador to France and Wife Embark on a Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure

Linda Grasso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Linda Grasso

During my visit, I watched them effortlessly glide from event to event. Had I not known better, I'd have sworn they were natives.

WikiLeaks and "State" Knowledge

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Our diplomats are dedicated civil servants. But you can't expect people to become experts of anything in a matter of months or years -- especially something as nuanced as a foreign language and culture.

Denmark's Deputy Prime Minister Dubbed The 'World's Worst Foreign Minister'

Telegraph | Damien McElroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Lene Espersen, Denmark's deputy prime minister, is under growing pressure to stand down after a string of gaffes lead to her being dubbed the world's ...