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“The State Department has always been a whipping boy”

Charles “Chip” Bohlen (August 30, 1904 – January 1, 1974) served in the Foreign Service from 1929 to 1969 and succeeded George Kennan as Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953–1957). He later served as Ambassador to the Philippines (1957–1959), and to France (1962–1968) and was one of the nonpartisan foreign policy advisors known as “The […]

Oral Histories: Search Our Collection

Welcome!  It’s easy to search our collection . . .  Use the search bar on the upper right to retrieve: Moments in Diplomatic History, Fascinating Figures, Books and Publications and other material.  And don’t forget Poor Richard’s Podcasts.   For an Advanced Search of transcripts of over 2000 oral histories, see below. For tips on how to combine search […]

Today in History

Find articles about diplomatic events from each day of the year Here’s a handy calendar of events linked to Moments in U.S. Diplomatic History. Remember, this is not a complete list of all Moments, only those tied to a specific date.  

Mission to Algiers: Diplomacy by Engagement

Back to Diplomats and Diplomacy Mission to Algiers: Diplomacy by Engagement “At a time when the United States is encouraging democratic development in the Middle East, the Algerian case of partially successful transition to democracy should be better known. This is a good case study of what an ambassador actually does on a day-to-day basis […]

From The Bookshelf: Other Publications

Below we have provided a list of books that may be of interest to our readers and researchers that are not published through ADST. Read any of these books if you’re interested in learning more about specific subjects or life as a diplomat. Judith Raine Baroody, Media Access and the Military: The Case of the […]

Women in the Foreign Service – You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

It is remarkable to think that there have been three female Secretaries of State in the last 15 years.  However, the Foreign Service was not always so accommodating to women. Times were quite different in the Mad Men era — including the assumption that women should resign from the Service once they got married — […]