U.S. Diplomatic History

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) has developed an instructional website on the history, practices, and traditions of U.S. diplomacy at www.usdiplomacy.org. It is designed to provide background and current context to those interested in foreign affairs careers but will be of interest to a wide range of other audiences.

The project was undertaken with a grant from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and was launched in January 2007. Although various sources in the Department of State, including the Office of the Historian, were consulted to ensure accuracy, the site does not purport to represent the views of the U.S. Government.

The site starts with an overview of the history of U.S. diplomacy from the beginning and includes texts and video clips of notables such as Dean Acheson, Roz Ridgway, Terence Todman, and others who serve as examples of excellence and of diplomats who have been in harm’s way. Those and other thematic groupings facilitate the site’s presentation. A list of other useful websites on foreign affairs, including a link to the State Department’s careers site, is included.

ADST engaged Dr. Paul Blackburn, a former senior Foreign Service Officer and specialist in public diplomacy, to produce the site. He was supported by ADST staff and successive teams of talented college interns.