How I Invented the Peace Corps (Sort Of)

September 2018

by Gerald Kamens One morning in March 1959, a top secret policy paper appeared on my boss’s desk at Dwight Eisenhower’s Bureau of the Budget—later reborn as the Office of Management and Budget. Its subject: How to counter the Soviet … Continued

In That Time of Our Life

May 2011

by Jerry Norris One night into my assignment to La Plata, Huila I was reading by the dim light of a 40-watt light bulb a banned copy of La Violencia en Colombia. I was riveted by its 1948 description of … Continued

How the Peace Corps Changed my Life

March 2011

by Rhoda Brooks The Peace Corps is fifty years old; an anniversary that dazzles me! I was just 26 years old and my husband, Earle, 28, when we joined fifty years ago. Now I am in my seventies and Earle … Continued

Special Report: Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

March 2011

The Peace Corps Today: Celebrating 50 years of Service Past, Present , and Future Reflections on Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Director Extrodinaire and the 25th Anniversary of the Peace Corps September 1986 To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the U. … Continued

On Being an American

March 2011

Changing Worlds I had grown up in Halethorpe in Baltimore County, Maryland, in a predominately African-American neighborhood.  It was a small community where everyone knew their neighbors, many who were family and where my great grandfather and his business partners … Continued

The Worldview of Former Secretary Powell

December 2005

The author, a frequent contributor to American Diplomacy, has prepared a report as close in some respects to a memorandum of conversation in diplomatic parlance as one will find.– Ed. by Francis P. Sempa On December 6, 2005, former Secretary … Continued

Some Men Named William Hunter

October 2005

The author, who has published frequently in American Diplomacy, has written extensively about a remarkable trio of men who provided leadership to the Department of State for over a century. Here he addresses the career of one of those three. … Continued