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    Don Gregg spent thirty-one years as an operations officer in CIA and ten years in the White House under Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. Pot Shards is his memoir.

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    The 1958 U.S. Marine Invasion of Lebanon – It was no day at the beach

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The Vietnamese Boat People

boatAfter the United States withdrew from South Vietnam in 1975, communist North Vietnam quickly took over and established the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. An estimated two million Vietnamese, known as “boat people,” fled the country. The U.S. ended up receiving well over a million refugees, who started new lives in communities across the country. The crisis has received renewed attention in the wake of the ongoing flood of migrants from Central America, many of them children.

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Secretary of State Dean Rusk — A “Silent Buddha” Amidst Chaos

Rusk pic 1Dean Rusk served as Secretary of State for eight controversial years, from 1961 through 1969, when public discomfort over his daughter’s interracial marriage prompted him to offer his resignation. (LBJ refused to accept it.) Secretary Rusk’s term extended through the darkest days of the Cold War and the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Vietnam War, the Six-Day War and the Biafra famine. 

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Inside Foggy Bottom

C Street entranceFoggy Bottombeijing sasser 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.  

How to Handle a Crisis -- Ambassador Edition

Herewith a collection of best practices from recent ambassadors to assist newly minted ambassadors. In this segment, a few nuggets of wisdom on security and crisis management. 



The Stump

The Stumpstump 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.

Former Russian FM: We need each other now more than ever

In the wake of the terrible tragedy of Malaysian flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine on July 17, a former Russian Foreign Minister contends that Russia and the United States need to have the presence of mind to look beyond short-term tactical victories and defeats and consider the long-term consequences for the wider world. Igor Ivanov is President of the Russian International Affairs Council and former Russian Foreign Minister (1998-2004). 


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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