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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!







Highlighted Oral History: Jack Harrod

soviet posterBorn in Chicago, John "Jack" Harrod went to Grinnell College, Colgate, Moscow State University and Georgetown before joining the Peace Corps. In the Foreign Service as a public diplomacy officer with the United States Information Agency, he served at U.S. embassies in Moscow, Kabul, Poznan, Warsaw and Brussels.

Here's an excerpt from his days in the former Soviet Union: "As the exhibit would go from city to city, some of the cities had obviously a much tougher KGB contingent than others. There were certain cities where we would have almost no security problems at all and some where it was a daily struggle to try to keep the goons out. We had other kinds of security problems, in the sense of people who visited our exhibit and asked particularly provocative questions, who were obvious plants, or some innocent people who asked the wrong kinds of questions who literally would get beat up in the parking lot outside the exhibit. We saw lots of fairly nasty things, which helped shape my view of the former Soviet Union."


To see the entire list of oral histories, please follow the link.


Inside Foggy Bottom

IMG_9016FSI 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


ben_cool (2)Navigating this Website

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’s mission is to capture, preserve, and share the experiences of America’s diplomats to enrich the professional knowledge of practitioners and strengthen public appreciation of diplomacy’s contribution to America’s security. It achieves this mission by recording the oral histories of diplomatic practitioners, helping them prepare and publish books and memoirs, contributing to the development of case studies, supporting the work of the Foreign Service Institute, and taking educational programs to citizens of all ages.

Over the past quarter century ADST has completed more than 2000 oral histories, also posted on the Library of Congress website. To read the oral histories, please go to the top of this page. Click on the third link, “Oral History,” and the drop-down menu will take you to the Oral History page, Country Readers (with excerpts about specific countries), Moments in U.S. Diplomatic History (highlights of the oral histories), Fascinating Figures and more. You can identify specific topics, people, or countries mentioned in the Moments using Google Search. If you access the Moments from the drop-down menu, you can also search using categories and tags.

Since 1996, ADST’s publishing program has led to publication of 94 books––61 in the Diplomats and Diplomacy Series and 33 in the Memoirs and Occasional Papers Series. To read about the books, click on the fifth link, “Publications,” at the top.

To meet ADST’s staff and Board of Directors, please look at the second link, “About ADST”.  “About ADST” will also tell you about ADST internships and how to apply for them. Explore!

Please consider supporting our vital work of interviewing, transcribing, editing, and archiving U.S. diplomatic oral history by making a donation to ADST or volunteer to be interviewed or to assist ADST in other ways.



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