Filming Manhole Covers in Chile

February 2020

by Susan Clyde

American speaker programs were long a staple of US Information Agency (USIA) programs overseas. Not all went as planned.

Reporting on the Spread of HIV in China

November 2019

by David Cowhig Chinese physician Dr. Wang Shuping predicted the HIV epidemic among Henan peasant blood sellers and eventually raised the alarm all the way to Beijing when local and provincial authorities ignored the rapid spread of HIV among the … Continued

Operation Vittles

May 2019

A Recipe Book. An Airlift. A Song.
By Prudence Bushnell (U.S. Ambassador, Retired)

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

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

Cuban Missiles and Operation Dragon Rouge

April 2017

by Robert Baker The 1962 Cuban missile crisis and 1964’s Belgian paratroop drop from U.S. C-130s in the Congo were the most interesting events in my five year intelligence career. Lowly intelligence analysts like me working for the U.S. Information … Continued