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Letter from Niger: June 2005

June 2005

Ambassador Bullington for years has been a valued contributor to this journal of accounts of his work as director the Peace Corps in Niger and, importantly, the service of the dedicated volunteers in country. He includes in this installment interesting … Read more

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 … Read more

Letters from the Front

July 2004

This journal is pleased to present below two communications conveying opposing points of view on the current state of American involvement in Iraq. Two U. S. army officers, Tramps C. Croweand Christopher H. Varhola, one a regular and the other a reservist, … Read more

Letters from the Front

June 2004

This journal is pleased to present below two communications conveying opposing points of view on the current state of American involvement in Iraq. Two U. S. army officers, Tramps C. Croweand Christopher H. Varhola, one a regular and the other a reservist, … Read more

Letter from Niger: April 2004

April 2004

The director of the U. S. Peace Corps program in Niger continues a tradition of more than three years standing by sending to the journal yet another exclusive report. As is always the case, Amb. Bullington presents a fascinating glimpse … Read more

Haiti and the Mystery of Voodoo

April 2004

The author, a Foreign Service spouse now retired, who spent many years abroad, recalls days in the Caribbean nation much in the news in recent weeks. Yes, Foreign Service people encounter all kinds of beliefs in their years abroad. Read … Read more

American Deterrence in the Taiwan Straits

March 2004

The author, a former graduate student at the University of Michigan, reviews deterrence theory in this long-standing case of the United States and China. Those who are not specialists in the field will find this analysis particularly interesting. —Ed. “The real … Read more

Frontstadt Berlin: Travel Notes From the Cold War

February 2004

The author, a retired senior Foreign Service officer, combines in this article elements of Life in the Foreign Service with A Look Back in time. How did foreign diplomats travel to and from and within Germany in the years soon … Read more

Huaraz

January 2004

Sometimes it is the journey itself, not the destination, that one recalls. We have all been on “trips from hell” but as the years pass these trips become ever more memorable in their retelling and constitute some of the romance … Read more

Letter from Niger: January 2004

January 2004

Quietude can be downright pleasurable, particularly as one grows older. I reflected on this while observing (via short-wave radio and satellite TV news) the world’s turmoil at the start of the New Year from the vantage point of one of … Read more

My Dependent Wife

December 2003

One more of the many installments we have been privileged to present to our readers from the rich store of experiences shared by our retired Foreign Service colleagues. The gist here: “You wanted maybe a piano that plays?”—Ed. The telephone … Read more

Surviving the Heart of Darkness: A Consul’s Tale

December 2003

Surviving the Heart of Darkness: A Consul’s Tale Review by Michael W. Cotter Captive in the Congo: A Consul’s Return to the Heart of Darkness. By Michael P. E. Hoyt. (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000. Pp. xxiv, 275. $29.95 … Read more

A Peaceful Sunday in Guanajuato

August 2003

“That day in Guanajuato introduced me to a world of musical pleasure that has brightened the subsequent 40 years.” The year was 1962. The place was the Teatro Juarez, a tiny, century-old jewel of an opera house in the colonial … Read more

Letter from Niger May 2003

June 2003

The Winds of War Blow By It would be overstating the case to say that the Iraq War turned out to be a non-event in Niger…but not by much. In the months leading up to the war, many of us … Read more

Crises and Evacuations: Personal Stories

April 2003

Through the courtesy of the Foreign Service Journal , we are pleased to present seven personal reports of an unusual but not unknown side of life as a diplomat: the drama of being caught up in dangerous conflicts and experiencing … Read more

James W. Gerard: His Image of Imperial Germany, 1913-1918

April 2003

The subject of this study was a typical, if in some respects well qualified, U.S. ambassadorial appointee for his time, the early twentieth century: an attorney, judge, and politician who served competently in his one diplomatic assignment, in Berlin, before … Read more

Crises and Evacuations: We’re Number One

April 2003

Through the courtesy of the Foreign Service Journal , we are pleased to present seven personal reports of an unusual but not unknown side of life as a diplomat: the drama of being caught up in dangerous conflicts and experiencing … Read more

Crises and Evacuations: It’s a Small World

April 2003

Through the courtesy of the Foreign Service Journal , we are pleased to present seven personal reports of an unusual but not unknown side of life as a diplomat: the drama of being caught up in dangerous conflicts and experiencing … Read more