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Diplomats in the Trenches: From 'Observing and Reporting' to 'Advocacy and Lobbying'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Working saved...

Diplomats in the Trenches: Wearing Flip-Flops More Often Than Suits

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Anjalina Sen ...

Diplomats in the Trenches: 'Any American, Any Problem, Any Time'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Gavin Sundwal...

Diplomats in the Trenches: 'Diplomacy Isn't About Being Nice to People'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Yuri Kim never...

Diplomats in the Trenches: 'You Can't Learn Diplomacy Through Osmosis'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Michael Hammer was nine years into his Foreign Service career in 1997, when he did advance work on President Bill Clinton's visit to Vancouver, Canada, for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Diplomats in the Trenches: Getting 'Beaten Up' for 'Doing Things Right'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Virginia Blas...

"Never get into an elevator with a Polish blonde" and Other Advice from the Cold War

ADST | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
ADST

During the Cold War and beyond, Western diplomats had to constantly keep their wits about them when serving in the USSR and the Eastern bloc as they w...

The Story Behind 'The King and I'

ADST | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
ADST

The U.S. Foreign Service has attracted some very talented people over the years and many of those are the spouses of Foreign Service Officers. Julia Child is one notable example.

7 Steps to Becoming a Foreign Service Officer

Dorit Sasson | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Dorit Sasson

There is no educational degree requirement to become a foreign service officer, but there are rigorous steps that you need to take to become one before you can start bidding on positions.

An Adjunct Professor Confesses His Sins...

John Brown | Posted 12.28.2015 | College
John Brown

Father, excuse my materialist concerns, I just don't think my students are getting their money's worth.

The "Lavender Scare": Homosexuals at the State Department

ADST | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
ADST

Investigating homosexuality became a core function of the Department's Office of Security, which ferreted out more people for homosexuality than for being a Communist.

Crossing Continents: How to Move a Marriage

Donna Gorman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Weddings
Donna Gorman

"Never take a damaged marriage overseas," they told me at the spouse orientation the year my husband joined the Diplomatic Security Service. Diplomatic Security, or DSS, is a little-known branch of the State Department that is responsible, as the name suggests, for keeping diplomats and other Americans safe overseas.

'Secrets of State' A Conversation with Matthew Palmer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.25.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Matthew Palmer is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. Having been at ground zero for many pressing global issues from Kosovo to Africa, he has extensive knowledge of international crises.

The Evil and the Good

Donna Gorman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Donna Gorman

It's hard to know what to say in the face of such senseless barbarism as the world witnessed this week, when ISIS released their video showing the murder of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh.

Ban the Bundlers!

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

An ambassador is neither a social secretary nor a socialite. It is, quite frankly, embarrassing that so many of our key diplomatic positions are now considered commodities for sale to the highest bidder or bundler.

Mapping Out Path in Foreign Service (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of Conversations with Nicholas Kralev, Philip Reeker, former ambassador to Macedonia and incoming consul-general in Milan, talks about the wide variety of tasks professional diplomats perform, and creating a successful Foreign Service career.

U.S. Diplomats' Influence in Washington (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of Conversations with Nicholas Kralev, we discuss the role career diplomats play in making U.S. foreign policy, and why presidents tend to distrust the Foreign Service.

15 Signs You Served In The Peace Corps..In GIFs!

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact

Making the choice to join the Peace Corps, or any other form of prolonged foreign volunteering, is a tough one. Thankfully, thousands of people make t...

Running the World's Largest Embassy (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Stephen Beecroft, talks about the challenges for U.S. diplomacy in the country amid continuing violence and political dysfunction.

Reconciling Internet Freedom and Government Snooping (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Alec Ross, former senior adviser for innovation at the State Department, talks about the role of modern technology in achieving diplomatic objectives, empowering citizens around the world, and reconciling Internet freedom with U.S. government surveillance.

Random Acts of Kindness

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.27.2014 | Good News
Fran Moreland Johns

One particularly gray day, the kind of day writers have when their brains fog over and their vocabularies vanish, I had an email from the irrepressibl...

Does Foreign Aid Help U.S. Security? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), talks about how $33 billion in U.S. foreign aid contributes to American security.

Once Expelled, Gay Diplomat Thrives in Foreign Service (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Kralev

Jan Krc tells his story and talks about the recent advances for LGBT officers, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's now-famous gay rights speech in Geneva in 2011, and about being a foreign-born U.S. diplomat.

Do Politicians Make Good Diplomats? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," meet the Canadian ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, a longtime politician who was most recently premier of the province of Manitoba.

From the Peanut Fields of Alabama to the Foreign Service (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Jimmy Mauldin, a Foreign Service officer currently serving in India, talks about his u...