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Enemies Foreign and Domestic

Let’s say you’re a public servant. You’ve taken an oath to uphold the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and also to obey the commander-in-chief. What if you can’t do both? And what if following the law...

Empathy for Lived Experiences

“How can I help?” is the question for Sameer Hossain, who began his career at State in the Office of International Religious Freedom and has since moved to a similar domestic role at Homeland Security. Traveling to Rohingya refugee camps...

Never, Ever Allow Free and Fair Elections

“Never, ever allow free and fair elections” is Fidel’s advice to Daniel Ortega, today’s strongman leader of Nicaragua. Wonder who else was listening? This is no longer a foreign piece of business but a thing threatening our...

Take Me to Funky Town

In a fun twist, John Feeley interviews Laura on what she’s learned about foreign service officers. Why doesn’t the average Joe know how great they are? Is it because they are boring? Or is it just because foreign policy doesn’t go...

In Vodka Veritas

In this glorious encore episode, we say bottoms up to vacay! That’s where we are and where you should be, too! Ambassador Dick Hoagland, having served many years in Russia and former Soviet republics, has had ample opportunity to consider the...

The Failure of the Liberal Democratic Model

Ambassador Kevin Whitaker walks us through one of the most significant polticial events in Colombia’s history: its recent election of outsider candidate Gustavo Petro. How have political parties lost their ability to mediate between voters and...

Cross-Border Diplomacy

“We build trust,” says Marcela Celorio, Counsul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, in our first-ever interview with a diplomat representing another country. Marcela shares stories cross-border diplomatic cooperation to assist businesses...

Gift or Gaffe?

Gift or Gaffe?

Ambassador Rufus Gifford, Chief of Protocol for the United States, knows the very real power of setting the stage for successful diplomacy, especially post-pandemic, as we all hunger for personal human connection.  And why are gifts so very...

Planning the Summit

Dave Silverman, Deputy National Summit Coordinator, Summit of the Americas, talks about the complexity and diplomatic significance of setting the Summit’s agenda.  Democracy, climate change and other urgent topics are set forth for...

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