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Dealing with a Reunited Germany


With the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the long-awaited reunification between East and West Germany began. In an emotional ceremony on October 3, 1990, the black-red-gold flag of West Germany — now the flag of a reunited Germany — was raised above the Brandenburg Gate marking the moment of German reunification. As joyous and historic as the moment was for most Germans, it also brought a host of economic and political challenges, such as investing in the eastern German economy, dealing with German reluctance to fully support the Gulf War, as well as closing down the U.S. embassy in the erstwhile capital, Bonn.

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“The State Department has always been a whipping boy”

Bohlen39_sglG_BGv1Charles “Chip” Bohlen served in the Foreign Service from 1929 to 1969 and succeeded George Kennan as Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1953–1957. In 1943 he served as FDR’s interpreter at the Tehran Conference and later at Yalta. Bohlen discusses the ever-present problem of poor Foreign Service morale, his dislike of summits, Vietnam, and the role of the U.S. in the world.

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Inside Foggy Bottom

C Street entranceFoggy Bottomiranian hostage crisis_limbert arrival 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.  

ADST is On the Air!

Listen to Emily Kopp of Federal News Radio as she focuses on three major events in the Foreign Service:  the Embassy Beirut bombing; the Clayton Lonetree spy scandal in Moscow; and the Iran hostage crisis. Stu Kennedy helps set the stage for some of the most dramatic episodes in U.S. foreign policy in the past half century.



The Stump

The StumpProxy warsstump photo is an online forum to encourage creativity and 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.

The Middle East Cauldron

The U.S. clearly opposes the Assad regime in Syria and supports the moderate resistance while opposing the radical resistance. Both of which are fighting the Assad regime. Iran supports Assad and opposes all Syrian resistance groups including the radicals we oppose. Then there is the flow of private funds from Arab States to resistance groups that even their own governments oppose! Welcome to the Middle East! Skip Gnehm discusses the current state of play in the region.



Big Ben’s Top Ten


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Check out Big Ben's Top Ten -- the articles he recommends for their substance and popularity. He's got a wide selection from around the globe. 


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assassination sadat1.  The Assassination of Anwar Sadat              6.  Murder in an Embassy        

2.  Trial of U2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers        7.  The Tet Offensive          

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

4.  The Jonestown Massacre                              9.  8 Weird Things About Diplomats  

5.  The Peruvian Hostage Rescue                    10.  In Ambassador We (Don't) Trust


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 and activities.

Over the past quarter century ADST has conducted more than 1800 oral histories, which are 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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