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American Diplomat goes behind the scenes to hear real stories from diplomats who lived newsworthy events overseas. Experience the Cuban revolution, Central American insurgencies, the end of apartheid and more through the eyes of those who were there. A project of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation in partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy.

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American Diplomat goes behind the scenes to hear real stories from diplomats who lived newsworthy events overseas. Experience the Cuban revolution, Central American insurgencies, the end of apartheid and more through the eyes of those who were there. A project of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation in partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy.

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American Diplomat

By LaJonchere - Nov 01 2017
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A much needed series on what diplomats do to protect and defend US interests overseas!

Friendly to those uneducated in politics

By Zygotfilms - Oct 27 2017
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Very enjoyable even though I have no idea about politics or diplomacy. Thanks for the education!

iTunes Ratings

121 Ratings
Average Ratings
109
7
3
0
2

American Diplomat

By LaJonchere - Nov 01 2017
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A much needed series on what diplomats do to protect and defend US interests overseas!

Friendly to those uneducated in politics

By Zygotfilms - Oct 27 2017
Read more
Very enjoyable even though I have no idea about politics or diplomacy. Thanks for the education!
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American Diplomat

Latest release on Sep 23, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: And How Long Will You Be Staying?

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Courtesy, respect, denial (painful, but often true).  Tourist visas to visit the US, with Michele Bond, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs.  Can you guess why Pete is admitted and Laura is not?

Mar 21 2019

39mins

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Rank #2: Immigration Made Simple

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Michele Bond parses immigration and solves the whole conundrum. So what's the problem? (Hint: Pete thinks it's us.)

Mar 27 2019

32mins

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Rank #3: Mali - Most Dangerous Peacekeeping Mission on Earth

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Vicki Huddleston, our ambassador in Mali (not to be confused with Bali), helps us understand the Sahel, the Sahara, and their vast range of inhabitants.  Everyone got along so well, so how did this land become what the UN now calls the most dangerous mission on earth?

Jul 18 2019

37mins

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Rank #4: Fulanita's Progress, An Immigration Tale

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Episode One, in which John Feeley, Bill Brownfield and Pete lay it all out: How and why does Fulanita, our Guatamalan every-gal, end up at the US border with young son Javier, delivered by the cartels' fancy coach service?  

Apr 25 2019

34mins

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Rank #5: What, More Feeley and Brownfield?

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Will Cops-in-a-Box keep Fulanita home?  What else do these guys have for us?

May 16 2019

41mins

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Rank #6: Here I Am, Now What?

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What happens when Fulanita arrives? And what is this wall, really? And what do drugs have to do with all of this?  Bill Brownfield and John Feeley, together with Pete, unpack the deets in our second of three episodes on the border.  Plus, a barnyard narco song you do not want to miss.

May 02 2019

41mins

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Rank #7: Think About a Career in Public Service

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Bill Burns says it best: "This is exactly the moment when you need to attract the best in our society to lives in public service, whether it's in the State Department, the US military or elsewhere. I am a passionate believer in that." We are, too! Uncle Sam needs you.

Aug 05 2019

30mins

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Rank #8: Foreign Service Day

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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.  

May 09 2019

23mins

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Rank #9: Diplomatic Immunity?

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Is 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.

Dec 12 2019

37mins

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Rank #10: Bill Burns - The Back Channel

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Burns shares stories from his engaging new book, The Back Channel.  

Aug 01 2019

33mins

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Rank #11: A Life of Significance

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What'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 promote and protect and defend the interests of the United States of America.

Dec 26 2019

31mins

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Rank #12: Ralph Bunche, Accidental Diplomat

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The life of Ralph Bunche, recently celebrated by the State Department as a Hero of US Diplomacy, as relayed by his grandson, Ralph Bunche III and UCLA professor Kal Raustiala. Bunche, academic, pathbreaker, civil rights activist, and early planner of the United Nations, handled crises occurring in the newly independent African nations and brokered the first armistice in the Middle East.  He was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize.  

Mar 18 2020

38mins

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Rank #13: When Ambassadorships Are for Sale

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Sondland, 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, American Ambassadors: The Past, Present and Future of America's Diplomats.  

Dec 05 2019

28mins

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Rank #14: Corruption vs. the Ambassador

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Ambassador Prudence Bushnell puts Marie Yovanovitch's recent testimony on Capitol Hill in the context of the Certificate of Commission for all Foreign Service Officers, emphasizing the integrity, prudence and ability that are the guiding principle from which all American diplomats work. The message from Pete and Pru to current FSOs: We've got your back.

Oct 17 2019

31mins

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Rank #15: AIDS - Health Diplomacy

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Jimmy Kolker is back to tell us how, as Ambassador to Uganda, he helped stem the spread of this deadly disease and save scores of human lives.  

Jun 21 2019

31mins

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Rank #16: When ISIS Comes Home

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They 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?  Greg Delawie explains.

Nov 21 2019

41mins

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Rank #17: Diplomacy After the Bombs Have Fallen

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Michael Polt shares his perspective on the honored tradition of the State Department dissent channel, and discusses his experience in the former Yugoslavia when he arrived as Ambassador to Serbia in 2003, just after the bombings in Kosovo.  What actually was Yugoslavia, anyway?  How did its dictator Tito's death give rise to Milosevic's era of bloodletting in Serbia? And how did the United States lead diplomatically to restore stability in the region?

Oct 30 2019

27mins

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Rank #18: A Student of Leadership

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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 loves this episode and is now ready to take over the world.)

Feb 21 2020

51mins

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Rank #19: Estonia's Success Story

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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?

Nov 07 2019

22mins

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Rank #20: Could This Happen to Me?

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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 generation."

Feb 14 2020

32mins

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