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...

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...

Estonia’s Success Story

Mike Polt, who previously shared his experience in Serbia, shares a contrasting tale of successful adaptation to new circumstances in Estonia.  What can we learn from these two tales?

Heroes of US Diplomacy – Lizzie Slater

Brand new to the job, Lizzie Slater arrives at Embassy Dar es Salaam ready to begin work on embassy communications of every kind. Then the bomb falls. She is buried and seriously injured. But once pulled from the rubble, does she stop working? Many...

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