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Highlighted Oral History: Edward Gabriel
Born in New York in a family of Lebanese Maronite heritage, Edward Gabriel graduated from Gannon University. He worked as an economic analyst at the Department of Energy, Executive Director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes and at the Madison Public Affairs Group before supporting the presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. President Clinton appointed Gabriel as Ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001. As ambassador, Gabriel focused on trade negotiations, bilateral educational and cultural exchange programs, increased security and military cooperation, as well as the strengthening of U.S.-Moroccan commercial relations.
Here's an excerpt: "In my first bilateral meeting with King Hassan, he regretted the position of the U.S. towards Morocco and said that my job was going to be very difficult, as the Moroccan people didn’t appreciate the U.S. position on the Sahara. After asking him if I could speak candidly, I suggested that I, as a representative of the US in Morocco, would not say anything disparaging about Morocco in public if he gave me time in private to discuss matters candidly. He agreed.
Thus began a very good relationship between us, one in which I would meet with him 20 times during the next 18 months, until his death. In this job I learned one most important lesson, one I’ve repeated several times in this interview: if one cannot develop the trust and confidence of one’s interlocutor, one will never be able to find resolution to the most difficult issues between you. This lesson guided my mission in Rabat."
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FSI at 70: Future Forward: A History of the Foreign Service Institute
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Foreign Service Institute, the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training has published a book by Steven Alan Honley, former editor of The Foreign Service Journal, that focuses on the challenges overcome in creating the National Foreign Affairs Training Center. The book is available at low cost as a Kindle e-book and in hard copy on Amazon. To find it, simply go to Amazon’s website and search for FSI at 70: Future Forward: A History of the Foreign Service Institute.
Excerpt [about learning Vietnamese]: "I went to a bookstore and got a copy of 'Kim van Kieu,' a great epic poem that's a Vietnamese classic. It seemed to go on for a hundred and some pages with some illustrations... I got this and studied it and studied it. I memorized passages. I would rip off these passages from 'Kim van Kieu' in the midst of a conversation. If I hit it right, I could tell by body language that 'This person really knows our country or our language.' Sometimes when I hit it wrong with not quite the right passage to quote in connection with what we were discussing, people wold look at me like 'Who is this fool here?'" Robert B. Petersen