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A Life of Significance

file | Play in new windowWhat’s so important about devoting your life to service?  What are the rewards?  How have the changing times impacted the work of diplomacy, and how have they not?  One thing never changes:  You have the opportunity to...

Immunity, Reciprocity, Espionage

file | Play in new windowWhy was a stash of Nazi spy payoff money stuffed up Pete’s chimney? Why was the Iran hostage crisis of the 70s such a huge aberration of norms?  And why can it be difficult to tell the difference between...

Diplomatic Immunity?

file | Play in new windowIs immunity the same as impunity? Sadly for some, there are always consequences for a bad act. David Stewart, former State Department attorney, explains the reality.

When Ambassadorships Are for Sale

file | Play in new windowSondland, the Ukraine affair, and what this episode in history teaches us about the risks of appointing ambassadors who donate heavily to presidential campaigns. With Ambassador Dennis Jett, author of the new book titled...

Thanksgiving with AmDip!

file | Play in new windowWe love Thanksgiving, and our diplomats especially love the holiday when celebrated overseas.  What better way to celebrate an American tradition of thanks than to share it with our friends abroad?  Plus, what’s the...

When ISIS Comes Home

file | Play in new windowThey left to join the recruiter-imams’ war. Now they’re back home in Kosovo. How to make these young men peace-loving Kosovars once more? Ambassador Greg Delawie explains. Our guest is Ambassador (ret.) Gregory...

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

We're in LA right now promoting a TV script we've written, inspired by many of AmDip's greatest stories including this one from an interview with Kate Canavan on the many things that can go wrong in Tijuana. Two air traffic controllers, fired for...

Love in the Time of Tweet Diplomacy

AMLO, or Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, takes the long view, and so does the Mexican populace, in the face of insults and other perhaps spontaneous diplomatic communiques conveyed by tweet.  As the 13th largest economy in the...

Jim Jones (Not the one you’re thinking of)

This one went to work in the Lyndon Johnson White House at the tender age of 25, became Johnson's Appointments Secretary (a role now called the Chief of Staff) at 28, and later became a congressman and US Ambassador to Mexico.  Do you know how...

We’ll Always Have Paris

Communism drives immigration decisions, 1956. Hank Cohen is in love. It's his first tour, and he's in Paris. The Soviets invade Hungary and Hank helps thousands of refugees flee Communist aggression and make new lives in the US. But what about...

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