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.