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A Student of Leadership

Most of us are not born with leadership skills, explains Marc Grossman, one of the highest-ranking career Foreign Service Officers ever. We learn to become leaders. We fail a lot, we pick ourselves up and knock on more doors, and we learn.  (Laura...

Could This Happen to Me?

Could This Happen to Me?

Eric Rubin, President of the Foreign Service Officers’ “union”, compares the treatment of Foreign Service Officers during the McCarthy era and support that is available today, during “the biggest political battle of a...

Pedro Pan and the Guerrillas

Born in Cuba, sent by his parents to live in the US, Phil Chicola becomes a Foreign Service Officer. Pete sends him to guerrilla country to investigate the deaths of American linguist missionaries, and both Pete and Phil are accused of negotiating...

I’m Goin’ to Kathmandu

Larry Dinger regales us with tales of tires on fire, pollution, trekking, and one of the most bizarre episodes in monarchy in the world.  Now Laura wants to join the Foreign Service and all of us want to go to Kathmandu.  

Sandinismo 2.0

Now that Ortega is back, how is the revolution going? Nicaraguans are being shot, hauled off and denied medical services, while the president's coffers swell. A how-to kit, on how to steal democracy.  

Foreign Service Day

You think of your loved ones first:  Honoring the lives of those who sacrificed theirs in the line of service.  With remarks from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the story of Ambassador Jonathan Addleton.  

Remember Ron Brown?

In case you don't (say, you were born after 1960), Lauri Fitz-Pegado remembers him for us: his vision, his vim, his leadership, his significance to our participation in the worldwide economy.  With bonus continuing comment from Pete on Venzuela.

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