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The Fight to Ratify the Panama Canal Treaty

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From the Good Ship Lollipop to the Ship of State


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!

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ADST Express

huffpo-logoWe get it. YouBen and clock're a busy person and sometimes you just don't have the time to read a more comprehensive article on diplomatic history (TL;DR as they say -- too long; didn't read). But we can help.

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

Foggy Bottom refers not only to that neighborhood of Washington, DC, but also to the State Department itself. In this feature, we will try to dispel that fog and smoke and cast light on some of the lesser known aspects of the State Department and diplomatic history.

NSFW FSOs, Part Deux

As in so many other professions, integrity is the hallmark of a good diplomat. In most cases. As Henry Wooton famously said way back in 1604, “An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” And while the examples provided do not deal with lying per se, they do show diplomats using untoward language in the heat of the moment. (And if you didn’t guess already, yes, they do contain Not-Safe-For-Work language.)

 

 

The Stump

stump photoBen Franklin galaThe 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.

And Now, A Few Words From a Founding Father

Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and he negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War. The oldest delegate at the age of 81, Franklin initially supported proportional representation in Congress, but he fashioned the Great Compromise that resulted in proportional representation in the House of Representatives and equal representation by state in the Senate. He became ADST’s symbol in 2012. 

 

 

 

Big Ben’s Top Ten

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Bush in APECYour BF serves them up the way you like them -- great taste and more filling! Check out Big Ben's Top Ten. popularity. He's got a wide selection from around the globe.

 

 

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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





ADST

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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