The Middle East Accords: an Israeli Perspective by Ophir Falk
The Middle East Accords: an Arab Perspective by Imad K. Harb
The Middle East Accords: an American Perspective by Edward Marks
Redesigning U.S. Assistance to Africa in the Post-Pandemic Era by Mark Wentling
When Diplomacy’s Reputation Needs Tending: Some Advice from the Past by Ken Weisbrode
Without Dallas: John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War by Mark White
It Is Up to the State Department to Reimagine a Better Institution by Tianna Spears
Arms and the Diplomat – and the Red Brigades by Peter Bridges
When “The Bridges of Madison County” Came to Moscow by Gregory Orr
Nixon’s Watergate Scandal and NATO by Bob Baker
Negotiating the U.S.-Romania Consular Convention by Jonathan B. Rickert
Foreign service reflections on the often heated negotiations at Camp David, the difficulties in reaching a compromise, the race to get an agreement before the deadline, and the trouble with the accords that started coming up almost immediately afterward.
The Madrid Peace Conference, held from October 30 to November 1, 1991, marked the first time that Israeli leaders negotiated face to face with delegations from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and, most importantly, with the Palestinians.
Secretary of State John Foster Dulles issued a statement on Women in Foreign Affairs in 1957, likely the first such pronouncement on the contribution of women in the realm of foreign affairs
The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age by Elizabeth Shackelford, reviewed by Bob Whitehead
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East by Kim Ghattas, reviewed by Albadr AbuBaker Alshateri
Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare by Thomas Rid, reviewed by Michael Schoenfeld
Books of Interest
Carnegie Endowment recommendations for a new foreign policy agenda.
An assessment by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy of efforts to counter disinformation. https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Public-Diplomacy-and-the-New-Old-War-Countering-State-Sponsored-Disinformation.pdf
Paul P. Blackburn’s 40-year foreign service career included assignments in Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, and China with the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State, detailed in his ADST oral history: