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Lessons Learned from a Former Hostage

In Captive in the Congo, Mike Hoyt describes his ordeal as one of 300 hostages taken by armed rebels. They were eventually rescued in a joint U.S.-Belgian operation code-named Dragon Rouge. In this article, he discusses U.S. government policy on hostages and argues for a re-evaluation, contending that the longer people talk with hostage-takers, the greater the […]

Operation Dragon Rouge

William E. Schaufele, Jr. was the Congo Desk Officer at State from 1964 to 1965, when 330 people, including the staff of the U.S.consulate, were taken hostage by Congolese rebels in Stanleyville (now Kisangani). Held for 111 days, they were eventually rescued in a joint U.S.-Belgian operation codenamed Dragon Rouge. Schaufele, who later served as […]

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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In the Aftermath of Genocide

Back to Memoirs and Occasional Papers In the Aftermath of Genocide: The U.S. Role in Rwanda “One of the least egotistical career retrospectives I have read, a great contribution to African and diplomatic scholarship, and a remarkable book by a distinguished diplomat, who invites the reader to comprehend the challenge and agony of decision-making by […]

American Diplomats

Back to Memoirs and Occasional Papers American Diplomats: The Foreign Service at Work “The authors of American Diplomats have drawn expertly on the ADST oral history collection to produce an outstanding introduction to America’s diplomacy and the extraordinarily varied roles our diplomats play in defending American interests around the globe.” Samuel Lewis, past president of […]

Vietnam and Beyond

Back to Diplomats and Diplomacy Vietnam and Beyond: A Diplomat’s Cold War Education Robert Hopkins Miller’s forty-year Foreign Service career, from 1951 to 1991, spanned virtually the entire Cold War. Miller worked on America’s unsuccessful Vietnam venture and its aftermath for nearly one-third of his career, and this account demonstrates his exceptional “hands-on” knowledge and […]

Diplomats and Diplomacy – An ADST-DACOR Book Series

For more than 225 years extraordinary men and women have represented the United States abroad. In 1996 the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) and DACOR, an organization of foreign affairs professionals, created a book series to increase public knowledge and appreciation of American diplomats and their role in advancing our national interests. The […]

Country and Subject Reader Series

Interested in a particular country or subject? Go beyond the experiences of simply one diplomat with Country and Subject Readers. These Readers consist of relevant excerpts from individual oral history interviews arranged in approximate chronological order. They are designed to give users an overview of U.S. relations with a country or policy on a specific […]