Foreign Service Accounts from the Oral History Archives

September 2018

August marks the 30th anniversary of the Burmese student pro-democracy demonstrations that began on “8/8/88”. The U.S. subsequently withdrew its ambassador in protest of the military regime, beginning a hiatus in relations that lasted until 2012.

From the National Archives

April 2018

Cold War Humor, 1953
What Goes Up Must Come Down
“We Found Ourselves Living in the Midst of a Battlefield”

From the National Archives

March 2018

Tribute to a Fallen Diplomat by David Langbart Nikita Khrushchev’s Memoirs: Fallout? by David Langbart

Foreign Service Accounts from the Oral History Archives (ADST.ORG)

March 2018

Our upcoming Eyewitness installments will focus in part on the lives and work of USAID colleagues, highlighting the challenges and contributions of United States international development.  Read their personal accounts of how they arrived at development work—often including service in the Peace … Continued

From the National Archives

December 2017

Berlin Reacts to the Assassination of John F. Kennedy by David Langbart Great Britain’s Royal Wedding of 1947 by David Langbart

Uncle Sam, Matchmaker

December 2017

by Ben East I pictured myself in a Peace Corps-issue hammock on an island somewhere, or crossing high glaciers in the glaring Himalayan sun. Then the recruiter called and offered Malawi. Pointless to remind her what I’d written where the … Continued

Foreign Service Accounts from the Oral History Archives: Ambassador John D. Negroponte

December 2017

Interview covers:  Biography, Vietnam, Kissinger, Paris Peace Talks The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project Ambassador John D. Negroponte Interviewed by: Charles Stuart Kennedy Initial Interview date: February 11, 2000 Copyright 2017 ADST http://adst.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Whitehead-John.toc_.pdf INTERVIEW … Continued

Peace Corps’ early days: The day the FBI came knocking

October 2017

by John C. Long Reprinted with permission from http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/peace-corps-early-days-the-day-the-fbi-came-knocking/ John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps shortly after his inauguration to fulfill a promise he’d made to University of Michigan students at a bull session after a presidential campaign speech. … Continued

Commitment to the Diversity of the Future State Department Workforce

October 2017

by Josh Glazeroff On August 18, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to this year’s participants in the Department’s internship and fellowship programs (see https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/08/273527.htm for full text). His remarks acknowledged a diversity gap at the Department and the … Continued

Angola – an ambassador’s daily diary

October 2017

Angola – O dia-a-dia de um embaixador Angola – an ambassador’s daily diary by Ambassador Antonio Pinto da France Edicao de Livros e Revistas, Lisbon 2004 Translation by Ed Marks Selections From the preface I was the third Portuguese ambassador … Continued