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Combatting Corruption in Egypt During the Arab Spring: USAID’s Role

Frances Willis, The First Career Female Ambassador

Search Our U.S. Diplomatic Oral History Collection – – The World’s Largest!


ADST is proud to host the world's largest collection of U.S. diplomatic oral history.

Featured History:

John D. NegroponteAmbassador Negroponte joined the Foreign Service in 1960 and went on to serve as ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines and Iraq.  He was also Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of State.

Some excerpts:  

On joining the Foreign Service . . . “I took the exam in my senior year, in December 1959.   I thought I had flunked. I was despondent, but it turned that the five percent extra you got for knowing a foreign language.”  (Negroponte knew French).

On Iraq . . . “If your military mission is to remove Saddam Hussein and defeat the Iraqi army, that is a relatively well defined objective and with the strength of the United States and the proper organization and the proper plan you are going to be able to do that. . . . The ensuing period involves helping them rebuild their national institutions, rebuild destroyed infrastructure, organize politically and socially again to operate a functioning society.  In most countries that is the work of generations, not days or weeks.”

Explore Ambassador Negroponte's full oral history here.


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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It’s Poor Richard’s Podcasts


Podcasts are a great way to experience ADST's oral history collection --  the world's largest collection of U.S. diplomatic oral history.

Check out our featured podcast -- "The Wild West" - Peshawar and the Afghan Mujahedeen -- and the rest of our podcasts on either of the links below.

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Featured Publication: Raising the Flag

by Peter Eicher

Since its inception the United States has sent envoys to advance American interests abroad, both across oceans and to areas that later became part of the country.  From China to Chile, Tripoli to Tahiti, Mexico to Muscat, Peter D. Eicher chronicles the experience of the first American envoys in foreign lands. Their stories, often stranger than fiction, are replete with intrigues, revolutions, riots, war, shipwrecks, swashbucklers, desperadoes, and bootleggers. Peter D. Eicher is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer who specialized in political affairs in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

“Eicher’s wonderfully detailed accounts of America’s early diplomats - their foibles and challenges - vividly recall the era when America’s foreign fortunes were first forged in the far flung reaches of the globe.  It is mandatory reading for diplomatic history buffs.” 

--Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin


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