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Smith-Mundt: Censorship American Style?

March 2009

by Gregory L.  Garland Early Cold War legislation that still serves as the legal foundation for U.S. public diplomacy prohibits the Voice of America from disseminating information within the United States. This essay, by a Foreign Service public diplomacy specialist, … Continued

AFRICOM: Problems and Possible Remedies

February 2009

by Ambassador (ret.) Edward Marks The establishment of the U.S. Africa Command raises some questions regarding the role of the military in U.S. Africa policy, as it will be performing many tasks generally thought of as the responsibility of State … Continued

Slavery in the Sahel

October 2008

by Edward Brynn Several forms of human slavery persist today in the Sahel region of Africa. This study explores their nature, their history, and some of the reasons for their stubborn persistence. – Ed. Few Americans are aware that human … Continued

Waiting for Rain

March 2008

Journal of a Former Peace Corps Volunteer’s Return to Niger by Tom Kelly A Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, now an associate professor at a law school, returned to the country and the rural village where he had lived in … Continued

Implementing AFRICOM

February 2008

by Robert Gribbin One of the Foreign Service’s most experienced Africa specialists assesses the Pentagon’s new Africa Command, what it is, what it will do, and how it will relate to American embassies and ambassadors on the continent. There will … Continued

Joining: Real hardship Post

August 2005

This, the second tranche of a feature on the background to entering a diplomatic career, presents the accounts of five more Foreign Service officers, active or retired. Each officer has an interesting and unique story. We at American Diplomacy believe that each … Continued

Joining the Foreign Service

May 2005

Generation after generation thousands of us have joined the Foreign Service for thousands of different reasons.Below six Foreign Service Officers of different generations, active duty and retired, describe why they wanted a career in the Foreign Service and how they … Continued

Review of Blix’s Disarming Iraq

July 2004

Review of Disarming Iraq by Hans Blix Review by Bob Chira Disarming Iraq. By Hans Blix. (Pantheon Books, New York 2004, Pp. 304, hardcover, $24.) Hans Blix, the former chief of the United Nation’s chemical and biological weapons inspection agency charged with verifying … Continued

The Bush Doctrine and U.S. Interventionism

June 2004

In this extended study of a currently developing facet of American diplomacy, the author presents his analysis of its meaning in the context of U.S. history. Prof. Dolan points up how in his opinion this change incorporates anti-multilateralist views, renewed … Continued

The Blessings of Globalization –“Done Right”

April 2004

The Blessings of Globalization–“Done Right” Review by Carl Fritz Globalization and Its Discontents. By Joseph E. Stiglitz. (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2001. Pp. xxii, 288. $15.95 paper.) Stiglitz believes globalization is good if done right; removal of free … Continued