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ADST is an independent, non-profit organization located on the campus of the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia. Our 2000+ oral histories are available on this website and through the Library of Congress. We also facilitate the preparation of books and memoirs by diplomats, conduct educational outreach to high schools and universities, and support the work of the Foreign Service Institute. We receive no government funding and rely on generous donations from our members and donors, as well as grants and cooperative agreements. As a member of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, you will be eligible for special, member-only prices on ADST publications and the biennial Tribute to Excellence dinner. You will also receive the ADST newsletter and invitations to special events. Donations and membership contributions are tax-deductible.

 

[Photo: Zhou en-Lai and Henry Kissinger.]

 

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