American Diplomacy Journal is proud to introduce our new Editor, Beatrice Camp, and give our warmest thanks and best wishes to Csaba Chikes our previous Editor.
Csaba Chikes leaves us as Editor but remains on our Board and will continue to offer his valuable contributions to our work. Csaba has had the second longest tenure as Editor in our history—seven years since he took the position in the spring of 2011. We are especially happy that we will continue to enjoy Csaba’s marvelous insights and rapier wit as we deal with the challenges of modern diplomacy. Known for his charm and erudition, we his colleagues expect more of the same as we go forward. Csaba had an outstanding career as a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Information Service (USIA),including assignment, in the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, as the USIA counterpart to the State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European Affairs. In this assignment he was responsible for oversight of the press and cultural activities of USIA posts throughout the former Soviet Union, Central and Southern Europe. Many, many thanks, Csaba, for giving generously in the past and now supporting us in the future.
Beatrice Camp retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after a distinguished career that included assignments as Consul General in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Shanghai, China, as Senior Advisor to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C, and in the State Department Office of Inspector General. Bea was the first woman to head a U.S. Consulate General in China, ensured successful U.S. participation at World’s Fairs in Shanghai and Milan, and led press and cultural programs at posts in Asia and Europe. A journalist before entering the Foreign Service, she brings a discerning eye and a fine pen to the work of our Journal. We are fortunate to have her join our team and know that you will appreciate her commitment to excellence and keen editing skills in our succeeding issues. Welcome and congratulations Bea!