American Diplomacy has a new home

October 2018

American Diplomacy is moving to a new URL. We regret that some links and images from the archives may not be available during the transition.

Jazz Ambassadors

April 2018

The United Nations designates April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The U.S. has used jazz in diplomacy since the 1950s, when the U.S. Information Agency created the Jazz Ambassadors program to send leading American Jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington to perform overseas. An exhibit commemorating this program, created by Meridian International Center, is now on view at the U.S. Diplomacy Center in Washington, DC.

President’s Note

December 2017

  Diplomacy has been under heavy fire this year. The U.S. president’s policies, appealing to a strongly conservative and nationalist base, have unsettled allies and confused (and perhaps encouraged) adverseries. Our own magazine began its third decade this year facing … Continued

The General & the Ambassador A Conversation

December 2017

    Our aim is to have Americans see how important it is that the United States be present on the global stage.  We hope the series encourages people to join public service to represent our great nation abroad in … Continued

Krasno Events Series & YouTube Channel

December 2017

Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship at UNC-Chapel Hill Prof. Klaus W Larres KRASNO EVENTS SERIES November 8, 2017 Dear Friends and Colleagues, It is a great pleasure sending you the video links to our recent events. Further below, please find links to … Continued

Tom Countryman’s Farewell

September 2017

Tom Countryman’s Farewell, Department of State, January 31, 2017 Thank You! When I entered the State Department, I never intended to rise high enough to merit a retirement ceremony. And when it occurred to me that I had, I pictured … Continued

Introducing Contributing Editor for Books

October 2016

Introducing Contributing Editor for Books Dear Readers, As you probably noticed, our last posting contained an announcement that our contributing editor responsible for our “Books of Interest” section (and former editor of this journal) Bill Kiehl was stepping down from … Continued


September 2016

With this issue Bill Kiehl’s valuable service to American Diplomacy formally comes to a close. Over the past seven years, Bill was my immediate predecessor as Editor and my colleague as Contributing Editor for Books over the past seven years. … Continued

Flashback: September 18 1996 Our first webpage

September 2016

Flashback: September 18 1996 Our first webpage Editor: Henry E. Mattox, PhD Publisher: Amb. T. Frank Crigler (Ret.) Chapel Hill, NC Updated as of 18 September 1996 Editorial Advisory Board & Technical Staff CONTENTS Volume I, No. 1 From the … Continued

20 Year Sampler

June 2016

The journal celebrated 20 years in publication in 2016. To note this event, we collected a sampling of items published in those two decades.   1996   1997  

In Memoriam: Henry E. Mattox

May 2016

Henry E. Mattox [LINK to News & Observer]   Dr. Henry Mattox. An Appreciation As the two most recent Editors of American Diplomacy, we are called to honor the unique and lasting contributions that Henry Mattox made to our journal.  … Continued

State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

January 2016

  Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 14, 2015 On January 14, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry released the FY 2014 Fiscal Transparency Report, assessing whether governments that receive U.S. assistance meet minimum requirements of fiscal … Continued