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Ukraine is Not Dead Yet

And neither is worldwide democracy, thanks in part to the very fine-tipped pen and tiny notebook of Ambassador William Taylor, a key source in the Congressional investigations into the Ukraine corruption affair of the last year.  Democracy...

Second Annual AmDip Greatest Hits!

Need a mood lifter?  We do!  Laura likes our music selects so much that she’s listening to this one twice!  Go back to simpler times (say, 2019) with AmDip, then sing along to our Covid-era theme song.  Love, Pete and Laura...

A Grandfather’s Love and Legacy

Desiree Cormier, one of our favorite guests, is back to share stories learned of her grandfather’s life since his recent passing.  We hear not only how he shaped Desiree’s life of public service, but also how his very personal...

Bonus Episode – The Lovely Miriam Gutierrez

Who really holds the Foreign Service together?  Spouses, who raise children and start their lives again and again every couple of years in support of their partners’ career.  Miriam Gutierrez is perhaps the loveliest of them all...

The Day Beirut Exploded

Were the recent explosions in Beirut the last straw, the end of the corrupt political elites, or a new opportunity for militant political party Hezbollah? Ambassador Patrick Theros parses beautiful Lebanon, once heralded as the Paris of the Middle...

TikTok: Dance Party or Trojan Horse?

Is Trump’s forced sale of TikTok to an American company another China-bashing “Kung Flu” episode, or does the tech giant pose a genuine national security threat?  Nova Daly, former chairman of the Committee on Foreign...

Quiz: What Do Bernie and Trump Agree on?

Trade!  Similar attitudes about trade protections.  Is a free trade agreement a free-for-all or a deal to optimize countries’ competitive advantage?  (Hint: Remember Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations?  Or did you snooze...

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend?

A young Foreign Service officer posted to Vietnam, his girlfriend, a ride in the country, and what?  Cambodia is on fire?  Why?  The first ever Cambodian refugees tell Ken Quinn, the first person ever to report on this, that the Khmer...

A Black Diplomat? You’re Lying.

The sting of American racism when you come home. Black diplomats face harassment and humiliation at the border at the hands of Customs and Border Patrol. Senior diplomats Charlie Ray and Alonzo Fulgham discuss reentering the States while Black...

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