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What is ADST?

Our Mission

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training is dedicated to capturing, preserving, and sharing the experiences of America’s diplomats to enrich the professional knowledge of practitioners and strengthen public appreciation of diplomacy’s contribution to America’s national interests by:

  • Recording the oral histories of diplomatic practitioners
  • Facilitating the preparation and publication of books and memoirs
  • Contributing to diplomatic case studies and educational materials
  • Supporting the work of the Foreign Service Institute

For more information on ADST’s activities and planned events, visit our newsletter archive.

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 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.

Cool Ben

“Cool Ben” has been the ADST logo since Fall 2012. It was based on a concept by former Executive Director Chris Sibilla and brought to fruition by ADST Summer 2012 intern and ADST webmaster Bob Patterson. This oil portrait was painted by Sarah Bentley and completed in February 2015. It now occupies a place of honor at the ADST cottage at FSI.