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Brazil – January 8

Brazil – January 8

Were the riots in Brazil on January 8, 2023, a January 6 copycat, or a situation all their own? Ambassador Michael McKinley weighs in (hint – he’s far too subtle and informed to toss off a slapdash comparison). Factors affecting coutries...

Now We Have to Have Women

Now We Have to Have Women

Kathleen Stephens, former ambassador to Korea, shares her perspective on how the culture of the US Foreign Service has changed, as have the cultures of Korea and the United States concurrently.  From cultures that favored workaholism to ones...

Hostage Diplomacy

Hostage Diplomacy

Daren Nair, whose show Pod Hostage Diplomacy has brought public awareness and government action to the cases of private citizens held by foreign governments, shares his vast knowlege of this increasingly urgent human crisis worldwide.  Who are...

It Could Have Been a Lot Worse – 2022

It Could Have Been a Lot Worse – 2022

Ambassador Tony Wayne is back with a survey of trends, remaining challenges and reasons for optimism as we move from 2022 into 2023.  Trends include increased connectedness between domestic and international politics, ecomonmic localism and...

Cowboys and Indian at the Embassy – Encore

Cowboys and Indian at the Embassy – Encore

From the archive, Pete tells the tale of his visit to the jungle to hang with the Huarini.  Did he do the right thing?  Pete actually wants to know!  Tell us what you think on facebook, at amdipstories@gmail.com, or by voicemail (vm...

Shrink of the Foreign Service

Shrink of the Foreign Service

Dr. Ken Dekleva, former foreign service psychiatrist, explains that for diplomats stressors are always high but especially so in places like China, where US diplomats are subject to Covid lockdowns that separate children from their parents, or...

Protests, and China’s Endless Complexity

Protests, and China’s Endless Complexity

Laura’s great old pal Andy Mertha, SAIS professor and China expert, contextualizes recent Chinese protests against Covid policies in the immense time-space continuum of Chinese political and cultural history.  
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