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Remembering Ambassador Frank Crigler and the Founding of the American Diplomacy Journal


The Challenge of Anarchy: Introduction

On American Diplomacy and the Disorderly Oscillation of World Orders by Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

A Collapsing World? by György Schöpflin

Towards a New Normalcy? by Robert Cox

Dealing with Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Herman J. Cohen

When Anarchy Spills Across Borders by Edward Marks and Marshall Adair

Renewing the U.S-European Partnership in the Post-Trump Era by Renee M Earle

Jack F. Matlock and American Diplomacy with Russia by Olga Krasnyak

How Diversity Can Enhance Diplomacy by June Carter Perry and Christopher Faison



Red Tape in Russia by Peter Bridges

Diplomatic Intervention Made a Difference in Suriname by Jonathan Rickert

Memories of the U.S. Legation in Budapest 1945-47 by Scott R. Schoenfeld


ADST Moments in Diplomatic History

In a 1987 speech in Berlin, President Ronald Reagan urged “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”


National Archives

After Nikita Khrushchev’s speech denouncing Stalin in 1956, USIA issued interim guidance on how to use what was known about the anti-Stalin speech to U.S. advantage.


Picks from 25 Years

To mark our 25th anniversary, we spotlight past articles about diplomats, diplomatic practice, and challenges facing the State Department; and archival articles of interest on policy and the environment. With this issue, we add archival articles on Russia and Afghanistan.



Interviews with eight former U.S. ambassadors to Russia provide historical perspective on more than 30 years of U.S.-Russian relations.

Democracy in Disarray: How the World Sees the U.S. and Its Example reports on a study that asked people in ten countries about America’s role in the world, U.S.-style democracy, and their own values and political beliefs.


In Memoriam

James William Pardew, former U.S. ambassador in the Clinton and Bush administrations and career U.S. Army intelligence officer.

William Lacey Swing, former ambassador to the United Nations, Republic of the Congo, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Michael Anderson, journalist, teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, public affairs officer in Papua New Guinea, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Philippines, and Indonesia–6CWBKSeVHCVVjVxUy6QRbSwxto4ce-r0k

Lloyd Neighbors, public affairs officer with over 20 years in China posts.

Johnny Young, former ambassador to Sierra Leone, Togo, Bahrain, Slovenia.,%20Johnny.toc.pdf?_ga=2.62527788.1435480626.1627472356-1591064827.1627472356