Modern American Diplomacy

By U.S. Foreign Service Officer - Jeremy Beer

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Career Foreign Service Officers interview America’s most influential diplomats, capturing the sacrifice, professionalism, humor, heroism, wisdom, and triumph of modern-day American diplomacy. Through personal anecdotes, guests explain what they were trying to achieve with a given foreign policy, how they tried to accomplish those objectives, and where things went right (or wrong). Featuring conversations with America’s greatest foreign policy minds, including Thomas Pickering, John Negroponte, Bill Burns, Bob Blake, Maura Harty and a host of similarly accomplished Career Ambassadors. **Interviews excerpted from the forthcoming book Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.**

Episode Date
Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield discusses segregation, Liberia, succeeding as a tandem, the killing of George Floyd, and strengthening management through diversity
30:05

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield discusses growing up in the segregated south, succeeding as a tandem couple, and raising kids in the Foreign Service. 

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also discusses her tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, promoting gender and ethnic diversity at the State Department, and the killing of George Floyd.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Jun 19, 2020
Amb. Bill Burns discusses Putin, Iran, NATO expansion, 9/11, President Trump's foreign policy, and the future of U.S. diplomacy
46:49

Ambassador Bill Burns discusses visiting Putin in the Kremlin, negotiating the JCPOA in Muscat, and the U.S. government's response to 9/11.

Ambassador Burns also discusses the complexities of NATO expansion, attributes of a good diplomat, and President Trump's recent impeachment hearings.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Apr 28, 2020
Amb. Tony Wayne discusses Argentina, Mexico, Afghanistan, economics, and raising a family in the Foreign Service
27:27

Ambassador Tony Wayne discusses economic crisis in Argentina, interviewing KISS in Buenos Aires, the illegal drug trade in Mexico, health and education in Afghanistan, and raising a family in the Foreign Service.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Apr 06, 2020
Amb. Kristie Kenney discusses breaking barriers, The Philippines, career management, Thailand, diversity, and life as a tandem
31:11

Ambassador Kristie Kenney discusses growing up in Washington D.C., life as a Junior Officer in Kingston, and the importance of hard work in diplomacy.

Ambassador Kenney also highlights her barrier-breaking assignments as the State Department's first female Executive Secretary, first female Ambassador to Thailand, and first female Ambassador to the Philippines.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Mar 17, 2020
Amb. Thomas Pickering discusses Kissinger, Syria, Amb. Yovanovitch, leadership, and succeeding in the Foreign Service
26:05

Career Ambassador Thomas Pickering shares tips on managing an embassy, serving in hardship posts, developing foreign contacts, and navigating a life and career in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Pickering also discusses working for Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger, the Trump administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, and the turmoil surrounding Amb. Yovanovitch's removal from Ukraine.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

This episode was sponsored by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy. For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org.

Feb 20, 2020
Amb. Maura Harty discusses Sec. Powell, Sec. Shultz, succeeding (and failing) as a Junior Officer, leadership tenets, switching cones, and September 11th
32:51

Former Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Maura Harty discusses a less-than-ideal assignment as a Junior Officer, her stints working beside Secretaries Shultz and Powell, and her tenure as the head of the Consular Bureau in the wake of 9/11.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

This episode was sponsored by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy. For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org.

Jan 28, 2020
Amb. Robert O. Blake Jr. discusses leadership, impeachment, India, Turkey, Sri Lanka, career management, and growing up in the Foreign Service
30:07

Former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake Jr. discusses his family's legacy in the Foreign Service, his childhood overseas, and career advice for the next generation of Foreign Service leaders.  

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

This episode was sponsored by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy. For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org.

Jan 09, 2020
Amb. John Negroponte discusses Vietnam, Trump, Colin Powell, USMCA, leadership, and succeeding in the Foreign Service
26:11

Former Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte discusses Saigon, the Vietnam War, Kissinger, Powell, Trump, and NAFTA. He also relays leadership lessons from George Schultz and Phil Habib, while offering career and life advice to the next generation of Foreign Service leaders.  

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

This episode was sponsored by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy. For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org.

Dec 05, 2019