Modern American Diplomacy

By Ben Reames and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST)

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We interview American diplomats, capturing the sacrifice, leadership, humor, heroism, wisdom, and lessons of modern American diplomacy. Through historical reflections and personal anecdotes, guests explain foreign policy and tradecraft, or what they were trying to accomplish and how. Episodes include conversations with America’s diplomatic legends -- including Thomas Pickering, John Negroponte, Bill Burns, Maura Harty, Beth Jones and Kristie Kenney -- as well as rising leaders and foreign policy experts from diverse backgrounds. **Some interviews will be cited in the forthcoming book Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service. And some episodes, as marked, were brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service. The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) manages the podcast, which was begun by FSO Jeremy Beer**

Episode Date
Amb. Bill Taylor discusses Ukraine, impeachment, Afghanistan and Foreign Assistance
38:56

Amb. Bill Taylor -- our first political appointee as a guest -- discusses Ukraine, impeachment, "irregular channels," public diplomacy, the nature of conflict, Afghanistan, foreign assistance and being an interagency team player. *Brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American diplomacy and the Foreign Service.

Sep 15, 2021
Amb. Roberta Jacobson talks about reestablishing U.S. ties with Cuba, forging a path as America’s first female and civil servant ambassador to Mexico, enjoying Latin America, and dealing with populism throughout the Western Hemisphere.
34:58
Amb. Roberta Jacobson talks about reestablishing U.S. ties with Cuba, becoming America’s first female and civil servant ambassador to Mexico, forging a path during her 31-year career in the Department, and dealing with populist leaders. 
 
Ambassador Jacobson also discusses reestablishing diplomatic ties with Cuba, how she forged a path as a woman focusing on Latin America in the State Department and at the NSC over her 31-year career, lost opportunities in Havana, populism in the Western Hemisphere, and what she loved about Latin America. 
 
This episode is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service
Aug 31, 2021
Amb. Lino Gutierrez discusses his path from Cuban immigrant to two-time U.S. ambassador. He shares lessons on leadership, managing up, negotiating with Cubans in Grenada, navigating Washington politics, Hurricane Mitch, and political change in Argentina.
33:57
Ambassador Lino Gutierrez served as an Ambassador to Argentina as well as to Nicaragua, and as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau. He is the Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, which also supports this podcast. In this episode, Ambassador Gutierrez discusses his experience from Cuban immigrant to diplomat. He shares lessons on leadership, managing up, negotiating with Cubans in Grenada, navigating Washington politics, increasing diversity at State, dealing with the crisis of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua and stark political change in Argentina.
 

Special thanks to the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and Harvard's Sama Kubba and Syed Ahmed. This episode is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service

 

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Aug 13, 2021
Senior Foreign Service Officer Tim Davis shares lessons learned on leadership, diversity, managing State Department principals, closing the U.S. Consulate in Basra, and navigating Secretary Clinton’s email controversy
30:46

Tim "Timmy" Davis is an active duty Foreign Service Officer and career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  In this episode, Tim shares lessons learned on leadership, beginning with his experience as a U.S. Marine.  He also discusses how to develop strong teams, instill a work ethic, promote selflessness, encourage diversity, and increase recruitment.  Mr. Davis also shares lessons learned closing the U.S. Consulate in Basra, Iraq, and take-aways from Secretary Clinton's e-mail controversy. 

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to Harvard's Sama Kubba and Syed Ahmed.  This episode is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service

Jul 22, 2021
Amb. Chris Hill discusses growing up in the foreign service, working with Amb. Holbrooke and Sec. Eagleburger, his ambassadorship in Iraq, and leading Six-Party talks with N. Korea
35:27

Ambassador Chris Hill discusses growing up in the foreign service, service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, and formative experiences working with Secretary Eagleburger and Amb. Holbrooke.

Ambassador Hill also discusses leading Six-Party talks with N. Korea, his ambassadorship in Iraq, and the importance of diversity in today's Foreign Service.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

This episode is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service

Jun 05, 2021
Amb. Beth Jones discusses growing up in the Foreign Service, her first tour in Afghanistan, Amb. Arnie Raphel's death, and Benghazi
28:44

Ambassador Beth Jones discusses attending local schools in Moscow and Berlin, her first tour in Afghanistan, and working as a control officer for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Ambassador Jones also discusses rising to the top of the Foreign Service, lessons learned from Ambassadors Pickering and Platt, managing the European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau following 9/11, and Benghazi.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Mar 17, 2021
Amb. Nancy Jo Powell discusses growing up in rural Iowa, first tours in Ottawa and Kathmandu, ambassadorships in India and Pakistan, and pandemic lessons learned during Avian Influenza and Ebola
29:11

Ambassador Nancy Jo Powell discusses her childhood in small town Iowa, gender discrimination at the State Department in the 1970's, first tours in Ottawa and Kathmandu, and her first big break as Acting Consul General in Lahore, Pakistan in 1988.

Ambassador Powell also discusses cultivating high morale in difficult posts, serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan in the wake of 9/11, the importance of mentorship, and lessons learned during her stints as the State Department's Senior Coordinator for both the Avian Influenza and Ebola.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Feb 04, 2021
Amb. William Brownfield discusses growing up in West Texas, his first tour in Maracaibo, claims of Venezuelan interference in the U.S. presidential election, and the importance of hiring the right mid-level managers.
30:39

Ambassador William Brownfield discusses his family's history in West Texas, life as a Junior Officer in Maracaibo, and the importance of choosing the right home Bureau.

Ambassador Brownfield also discusses how to engage with the media, his tumultuous years as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, accusations of Venezuelan involvement in the U.S. presidential elections, and the importance of hiring the right mid-level managers. 

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Dec 21, 2020
Amb. Marc Grossman discusses his first tour in Islamabad, working as an NEA staffer, testifying before Congress, and the morning of 9/11
30:50

Ambassador Marc Grossman discusses his early years as a door-to-door salesman in Southern California, life as a Junior Officer in Islamabad, and his tumultuous year as an NEA staffer, during which the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan burned down, the U.S. Embassy in Libya was overrun, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, and the Iran hostage crisis began.

Ambassador Grossman also discusses the impact of role models and mentors on his life and career, including Art Hummel, Peter Constable, Hal Saunders, Al Moses, John Whitehead, and Lord Carrington.

Lastly, Ambassador Grossman shares tips for testifying before Congress, lessons learned from the morning of 9/11, and answering the call to return to service.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Oct 14, 2020
Amb. Steve Mull discusses life as a Junior Officer, apartheid South Africa, communist Poland, Indonesia post-9/11, and the Iran deal
29:10

Ambassador Stephen D. Mull discusses life as a Junior Officer in The Bahamas, reporting tours in apartheid South Africa and communist Poland, and life on seventh floor.

Ambassador Mull also discusses his first DCM tour in post-9/11 Jakarta, the importance of public diplomacy, and implementing the Iran deal.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Aug 17, 2020
Amb. Tom Shannon discusses the importance of strategic thinking, Covid-19 and globalization, and the future of U.S. diplomacy
23:29

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. discusses the importance of history and strategic thinking in the practice of diplomacy, and the social, economic and political forces likely to shape the future.

Ambassador Shannon also discusses his multiple White House tours, his service as Under Secretary (and Secretary) of State, and what it means to serve as a U.S. Diplomat.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Jul 09, 2020
Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield discusses segregation, Liberia, succeeding as a tandem, the killing of George Floyd, and strengthening management through diversity
30:05

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield discusses growing up in the segregated south, succeeding as a tandem couple, and raising kids in the Foreign Service. 

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also discusses her tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, promoting gender and ethnic diversity at the State Department, and the killing of George Floyd.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Jun 19, 2020
Amb. Bill Burns discusses Putin, Iran, NATO expansion, 9/11, President Trump's foreign policy, and the future of U.S. diplomacy
46:49

Ambassador Bill Burns discusses visiting Putin in the Kremlin, negotiating the JCPOA in Muscat, and the U.S. government's response to 9/11.

Ambassador Burns also discusses the complexities of NATO expansion, attributes of a good diplomat, and President Trump's recent impeachment hearings.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Apr 28, 2020
Amb. Tony Wayne discusses Argentina, Mexico, Afghanistan, economics, and raising a family in the Foreign Service
27:27

Ambassador Tony Wayne discusses economic crisis in Argentina, interviewing KISS in Buenos Aires, the illegal drug trade in Mexico, health and education in Afghanistan, and raising a family in the Foreign Service.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Apr 06, 2020
Amb. Kristie Kenney discusses breaking barriers, The Philippines, career management, Thailand, diversity, and life as a tandem
31:11

Ambassador Kristie Kenney discusses growing up in Washington D.C., life as a Junior Officer in Kingston, and the importance of hard work in diplomacy.

Ambassador Kenney also highlights her barrier-breaking assignments as the State Department's first female Executive Secretary, first female Ambassador to Thailand, and first female Ambassador to the Philippines.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org or 25YearApprenticeship.com.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Mar 17, 2020
Amb. Thomas Pickering discusses Kissinger, Syria, Amb. Yovanovitch, leadership, and succeeding in the Foreign Service
26:05

Career Ambassador Thomas Pickering shares tips on managing an embassy, serving in hardship posts, developing foreign contacts, and navigating a life and career in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Pickering also discusses working for Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger, the Trump administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, and the turmoil surrounding Amb. Yovanovitch's removal from Ukraine.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

This episode was sponsored by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy. For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org.

Feb 20, 2020
Amb. Maura Harty discusses Sec. Powell, Sec. Shultz, succeeding (and failing) as a Junior Officer, leadership tenets, switching cones, and September 11th
32:51

Former Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Maura Harty discusses a less-than-ideal assignment as a Junior Officer, her stints working beside Secretaries Shultz and Powell, and her tenure as the head of the Consular Bureau in the wake of 9/11.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Jan 28, 2020
Amb. Robert O. Blake Jr. discusses leadership, impeachment, India, Turkey, Sri Lanka, career management, and growing up in the Foreign Service
30:07

Former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake Jr. discusses his family's legacy in the Foreign Service, his childhood overseas, and career advice for the next generation of Foreign Service leaders.  

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Jan 09, 2020
Amb. John Negroponte discusses Vietnam, Trump, Colin Powell, USMCA, leadership, and succeeding in the Foreign Service
26:11

Former Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte discusses Saigon, the Vietnam War, Kissinger, Powell, Trump, and NAFTA. He also relays leadership lessons from George Shultz and Phil Habib, while offering career and life advice to the next generation of Foreign Service leaders.  

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit ADST.org.

Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Dec 05, 2019