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American Diplomacy Links—October 2016

October 2016

“Does Trump’s Rise Mean Liberalism’s End?” The “Liberal Story” says that if we liberalize and globalize our political and economic systems, we will produce paradise on earth, or at least peace and prosperity for all. This is the paradigm that … Continued

Beyond Benghazi: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Troubled Times

October 2016 Interview: Ambassador Thomas Pickering at George Washington University  12/2013 Intro: Despite a VERY rough transcript, this interview with one of the State Department’s greats is well worth the slog. Better yet, listen to the audio. Thomas Pickering … Continued

Notes for American Diplomacy on Civil-Military Relations

October 2016

by David C. Litt POLAD: A Global Warrior-Diplomat I served as the State Department’s Political Advisor (POLAD) to two US military combatant commands during a watershed moment of the post-Cold War era: 1998-2004. To make these political-military assignments even more … Continued

Why Not Try Diplomacy?

February 2016

by Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Remarks to the University Continuing Education Association March 28, 2008, New Orleans, Louisiana I want to speak to you this afternoon about diplomacy as an element of statecraft. By now most Americans … Continued

Diplomacy as a Profession

January 2016

by Chas Freeman Remarks to the American Foreign Service Association Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., USFS (Ret.) The Foreign Service Club, Washington, DC, 11 January 1995   Ladies and Gentlemen: There’s a door prize being given out today. Finally, after … Continued

Diplomacy and Intercultural Communication

September 2015

by Yoav J. Tenembaum Let us go back to the year 1969. The then United States President, Richard Nixon, held a meeting with the then Japanese Prime Minister, Eisaku Sato. One of the problems besetting US-Japanese relations at that time … Continued

Ten Principles of Operational Diplomacy: a proposed framework

June 2014

by Paul Kreutzer Introduction The operational level of foreign policy is the essential crucible for the formulation of diplomatic approaches to international challenges. This article identifies ten principles for conducting operational level diplomacy to help practitioners frame the development and … Continued

More Than Just Diplomacy

June 2014

Review by Joe B. Johnson The State Department: More Than Just Diplomacy by George Gedda, Author House, 2014, ISBN 13: 978-1-4918-5761-8, 161 pp.,  $16.04 (Amazon paperback), $26.59 (hardcover) Millions of Americans are hearing and reading about Hillary Clinton’s experience as Secretary … Continued

The “Fun House Mirror” and “Moribund” Public Diplomacy

May 2014

Review by Donald M. Bishop Through a Screen Darkly:  Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad, by Martha Bayles, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0300123388, 336 pp., $30.00  (Hardcover), $14.99 (Kindle) Professor Martha Bayles of Boston College … Continued

Religion and Public Diplomacy

March 2014

Review by Peter Kovach
Religion and Public Diplomacy by Philip Seib, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN-13: 978-1-137-29111-0, 2013, 236pp., $90.00 (Hardcover List)

Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad

January 2014

Review by John H. Brown, Ph.D. Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad by James Sherr, London: Royal Institute for International Affairs/Chatham House, 2013, ISBN 9781 86203 266 8, Paperback, 137 pp., $23.36  (Amazon) Soft power is “the ability to get … Continued