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President’s Note

December 2017

  Diplomacy has been under heavy fire this year. The U.S. president’s policies, appealing to a strongly conservative and nationalist base, have unsettled allies and confused (and perhaps encouraged) adverseries. Our own magazine began its third decade this year facing … Read more

Tom Countryman’s Farewell

September 2017

Tom Countryman’s Farewell, Department of State, January 31, 2017 Thank You! When I entered the State Department, I never intended to rise high enough to merit a retirement ceremony. And when it occurred to me that I had, I pictured … Read more

Diplomatic Amateurism and Its Consequences

September 2016

Remarks at the Ralph Bunche Library of the U.S. Department of State Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University Washington, DC, 9 October 2015 Twenty years ago, I gave a book … Read more