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Embassy staff at an airport in Wuhan in February. Edward Wang, Reuters



The U.S. Government Was Not Adequately Prepared for Coronavirus at Home or Abroad by Jimmy Kolker

Doing Development Better by Chris Datta

Europe in the Age of Uncertainties by Mikael Barfod

Brexit Waves Will Lap at America’s Shores by Robert Cox

The Significance of Targeting Soleimani by Ophir Falk



Diplomats’ Duties in a Time of Disease

When Glasnost Opened Soviet Doors for American English by Gregory John Orr

Looking Back on Vietnam Memories During Another Difficult April by Jim Bullington

Grim Week in Guinea by Mark Wentling

IntraHealth and Global Development by Brenda Brown Schoonover



Retired Foreign Service Officer Margaret Jones worked with the Avian Influenza Action group in 2006.


National Archives

In April 1956, actor Tony Curtis wrote to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles recommending using American entertainment stars to create good will for the United States overseas.


Books of Interest

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Modern Diplomacy in Practice
US Policy Toward Africa: Eight Decades of Realpolitik
The Ambassadors: American’s Diplomats on the Front Lines
Maoism: A Global History
The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate
Extreme Economies: What life at the World’s Margins Can Teach Us About Our Own Future
Reclaiming Patriotism
Not Even Past: How the United States Ends Wars



American citizens abroad know that in an emergency, they should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for help.

Administrative timeline of the Department of State

In memoriam

Yale Richmond served in Germany, Laos, Poland, Austria, and the Soviet Union. He retired in 1980 as Deputy Assistant Director (Europe) of the U.S. Information Agency, later writing 11 books to help Americans better understand the culture and people of other countries.   Read his oral history here:,%20Yale.toc.pdf


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