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

UPCOMING PBS VIDEO, “AMERICA’S DIPLOMATS”

January 2016

Of Special Interest: UPCOMING PBS VIDEO, “AMERICA’S DIPLOMATS” From American Diplomacy Board Member Amb. William C. Harrop “America’s Diplomats” is a one-hour documentary prepared for screening in 2016 on PBS. It was commissioned by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation and … Continued

IN MEMORIAM Theodore Stark Wilkinson

February 2015

August 27, 1934 – January 25, 2015 The first thing you noticed about Ted Wilkinson was his size. I expect everyone in this church will agree that ted was a big man. But most of you did not have to … Continued

State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

January 2015

  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

United Nations Media Advisory

January 2015

Organization Releases ‘Yearbook of the United Nations’, Covering Global Activities in 2010 The United Nations releas ed the sixty-fourth volume of Yearbook of the United Nations, covering the Organization’s global activities in 2010. With its comprehensive coverage of political and … Continued

IN MEMORIAM Victor B. Olason

January 2015

June 5, 1930 – November 27, 2014                  Over thirty years of foreign service assignments one tour has always been a special font of fondest career memories. During the collapse of the Soviet Union I was fortunate to be Vic Olason’s … Continued

IN MEMORIAM Walter Roberts

September 2014

IN MEMORIAM Walter Roberts 1916-2014 Of the various gems of “American Diplomacy” lore passed on to me from my predecessor, Bill Kiehl, the most treasured has been Bill’s tradition of meeting regularly with Walter for coffee and discussion at his … Continued

Political Appointments to Ambassadorships

March 2014

by Ambassador (ret.) Ed Marks The perpetual, but usually under the radar, policy of political appointments to ambassadorships surfaced recently inside the Beltway and even beyond from the Daily Show to San Francisco. The ostensible reason was a trio of … Continued

IN MEMORIAM William Norris Dale

March 2014

IN MEMORIAM William Norris Dale February 7, 1919 – February 24, 2014 I became aware of American Diplomacy in 2000 when I was assigned to UNC Chapel Hill as the State Department Diplomat-in-Residence. I was introduced by one of he … Continued

AFSA’s Memorial Marker

September 2013

  Last year, AFSA started the Foreign Service Commemorative Marker program to recognize the careers and contributions of Foreign Service personnel and their spouses and partners. We have sold over 150 markers and shipped them all over the globe from … Continued

Presidents are breaking the U.S. Foreign Service

April 2013

American diplomacy is facing a crisis. The professional career service that is intended to be the backbone of that diplomacy no longer claims a lead role at the State Department or in the formulation or implementation of foreign policy. The U.S. Foreign Service is being marginalized — just as military efforts to resolve major diplomatic challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed, and as diplomacy has become both more complex and more important to our national security and prosperity.

IN MEMORIAM Mark Palmer

March 2013

Mark Palmer, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 1986-1990 during that country’s transition from Communism to democracy, died in Washington DC on January 28, 2013, after a long struggle with cancer. He was 71 years old.