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When Ambassadors Were Rock Stars

It is difficult in this day and age to imagine any ambassador being on the cover of a major magazine touted for his or her accomplishments. With the notable exception of a few Secretaries of State or a Richard Holbrooke, the vast majority of ambassadors never enjoy time in the limelight. But go back a […]

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 […]

“We Didn’t Start the Fire”: Billy Joel Sums up World History with a Single Song

“We Didn’t Start the Fire” was a huge commercial success when it was released in 1989. It was Billy Joel’s third Billboard No. 1 hit and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It’s also a great summary of history for the second half of the 20th Century. Its lyrics include brief, rapid-fire allusions […]

Bob Strauss – “Hell, Mr. President, I didn’t even vote for you”

Ambassador Robert S. Strauss is one of the giants of Twentieth Century American politics and diplomacy, whose service dates back to Lyndon Johnson’s first Congressional campaign in 1937. He served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee between 1972 and 1977 and served under President Jimmy Carter as the U.S.Trade Representative and Special Envoy to the Middle East. He was chosen by […]

Fascinating Figures

Diplomacy and foreign policy attract some of the smartest, most dedicated, and most interesting figures in every generation.  In this feature, ADST focuses on the fascinating people who have served the United States as diplomats. John D. Negroponte: A Diplomatic Life of Controversy and Consequence  joined the Foreign Service in 1960 and went on to […]

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OLD Oral History Interviews OLD

The more than 1800 oral histories completed over the past quarter century stem from the contributions of many individuals who gladly provided their expertise and numerous insights regarding U.S. diplomatic history and several others who selflessly volunteered their time to help edit the interviews. If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed or help […]

Recognizing Excellence

At its biennial gala, ADST recognizes those individuals who have made exceptional contributions in diplomacy.   The Ralph J. Bunche Award for Diplomatic Excellence This award is given biennially to recognize the life-time achievement of a senior practitioner of the art of diplomacy. It was established in 1998 to honor the memory of Ralph Bunche, […]

Board of Directors

   G. Philip Hughes – Chairman Robert Beecroft Harry Geisel Tex Harris Kate Irvin Kenton Keith Anthony C.E. Quainton Walter Stadtler Clyde D. Taylor Jack Zetkulic   Honorary Board Hillary Clinton Condoleezza Rice Colin L. Powell Madeleine K. Albright James A. Baker III George P. Shultz Henry A. Kissinger Advisory Council Elizabeth Bagley Stuart A. […]