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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 […]

A Hostage in Communist China, 1948-49

As Mao Zedong’s People’s Liberation Army swept through China during the Civil War against the Nationalists in 1948 and 1949, it took over Mukden (now Shenyang), a major trade center. The Communists demanded that American Consul Angus Ward surrender the consulate’s radio transmitter. Ward refused. In response, PLA troops surrounded the consulate on November 20, 1948, putting Ward […]

ADST’s Oral History Collection

We are proud to have the worlds largest collection of U.S. diplomatic history – and it’s growing every day! Because diplomacy matters… “The oral histories that your organization has collected over the years are a national treasure .” Senator  Sam Nunn D-Georgia (retired) “I had never thought of diplomats as a source until I met […]

ADST Staff

President – Susan Rockwell Johnson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with over three decades of distinguished service and serves as the President of ADST.  She served in a broad range of bilateral and multilateral assignments in and out of the State Department including in Bosnia as Deputy High Representative and Supervisor of […]