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Apocalypse Not – The Evacuation from Can Tho, Vietnam — April 1975

Johnny Young – From Abject Poverty to Ambassador to Slovenia


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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It’s Poor Richard’s Podcasts

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iTunesFor a more personal — and often more dramatic — way to experience ADST’s oral history collection, try listening to one of our podcasts!

Click the link to Podbean or iTunes, where you will find our growing selection of podcasts. Such as Eileen Malloy, talking about skinny dipping for her country. Renowned chef and Foreign Service spouse Julia Child and actress Kathleen Turner reminiscing about their experiences with the Foreign Service. Richard Erickson discussing the North Korean seizure of the USS Pueblo.  And more to come!







ADST Express

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We've chosen some of our more interesting Moments and compressed them to about 1250 words. We have pieces on Nixon and Khrushchev in the Kitchen Debate, Kissinger's secret negotiations with China, and a spy scandal in Ghana. And we're adding more each week. They are all ADST blog posts on Huffington Post. Enjoy!





Inside Foggy Bottom

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Schmoozing for Diplomats

To the uninitiated (or to those who simply watch too many B-movies), an ambassador’s life seems to be nothing but dinner parties and cocktail receptions. As Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN Adlai Stevenson famously said, “A diplomat’s life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol and alcohol.” Here are some quick survival tips from a few ambassadors. 



The Stump

stump photostate dept sealThe Stump is an online forum to encourage discussion on issues regarding the State Department and foreign policy. The views expressed should not be considered official statements of the U.S. government or ADST.

Diplomatic Amateurism and Its Consequences

In other countries, diplomacy is a prestigious career in which one spends a lifetime, culminating in senior positions commensurate with one’s talents as one has demonstrated them over the years.  But, in the U.S., more than ever, the upper reaches of diplomacy are reserved for wealthy dilettantes.




Big Ben’s Top Ten


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Moments -- they're good for whatever ales you.




1.  When POTUS Comes to Town                     6.  Murder in an Embassy

2.  Trial of U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers       7.  Mexico and Immigration

3.  Terrorist Attack in Khartoum                      8.  Nixon Goes to China

4.  Seychelles, Gangsta's Paradise                    9.  8 Weird Things about Dips

5.  The Peruvian Hostage Rescue                    10.  Re-establishing ties with Cuba, 1977


ben_cool (2)The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”  — William Faulkner

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986. Located at the State Department’s George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, ADST advances understanding of American diplomacy and supports training of foreign affairs personnel through a variety of programs, publications, and activities.

Over the past quarter century ADST has completed nearly 2000 oral histories, also posted on the Library of Congress website, with more to come. Interviewees include such fascinating people as Prudence Bushnell, who describes her harrowing experiences during the bombing of U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Julia Child, Philip Habib, Dean Rusk, George Ball, Kathleen Turner, and many others. Excerpts from our oral history collections highlight the horrifying, the thought-provoking, and the absurd. In other words, they reflect the reality of diplomacy, warts and all.



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