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Establishing Ties with Pakistan — 1947

Pak Spitting_a_library_in_1947It was the end of one era and the beginning of another. In August 1947 the British Empire, which had ruled the Indian subcontinent as part of the Raj since the mid-19th century, granted independence to the India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. On October 20, 1947, the United States established diplomatic relations with Pakistan.

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Clifton Wharton — Diplomat and Pioneer

WhartonstampClifton Reginald Wharton, Sr. was the first African-American Foreign Service Officer to rise to the rank of ambassador without a political appointment. Initially, Wharton was excluded from officer training and was put on the “Negro Circuit” for postings – the routine of relegating African American consulate employees to postings in Liberia, Haiti, or the Canary Islands. In 1958 Wharton was appointed by President Eisenhower to be Minister to Romania, and thus he became the first black career diplomat to head a U.S. delegation in Europe.

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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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