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American Diplomat

Release Date: 04/18/2019

Could This Happen to Me? show art Could This Happen to Me?

American Diplomat

Eric Rubin, President of the Foreign Service Officers' "union", compares the treatment of Foreign Service Officers during the McCarthy era and support that is available today, during "the biggest political battle of a generation."

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What is Nation-Building? show art What is Nation-Building?

American Diplomat

And why is it a bad word?  How could Thailand kill 40 million chickens without a state?  Keith Mines explains all of this and why we care, drawing on his vast political, military, economic, and humanitarian nation-building experience.

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Foreign Service Test? Quiz Show? You Decide. show art Foreign Service Test? Quiz Show? You Decide.

American Diplomat

Laura's Foreign Service Test, finally.  Did she pass?  Did she live? Were the questions fair?  Were the examiners fair?  Pete and Dave Rabadan are tough.  Was Laura tough enough?

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Pete sends Phil Chicola to guerrilla country to investigate the deaths of American linguist missionaries, and both Pete and Phil are accused of negotiating with the FARC. All of this concurrent with the Clinton impeachment, and as Pete explains, it got ugly. Especially with Baby Huey.  

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Who Lost China?  show art Who Lost China?

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It is the 1950s. Senator Joseph McCarthy and his henchman Roy Cohn target and humiliate our diplomats for accurately reporting an eventual Mao victory in China. Jack Service and his family are at the center of the storm. How are things different today?

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Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar show art Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar

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Shari Villarosa, Chargé in Myanmar, helps us understand why the leader of Myanmar, Aung Sun Suu Kyi, who was once awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, did not stop the genocide of the resident minority group Rohingya.

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Sidebar - Parsing Iran Brinksmanship show art Sidebar - Parsing Iran Brinksmanship

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Pete quickly parses recent events in Iran for Laura.  (Please note that we recorded this the day before the Ukrainian jet went down).  As international news gets weirder and weirder, Pete and Laura will offer brief breakdowns of events in our new bonus series called The Sidebar, in addition to our usual weekly discussions with diplomats.  Cheers!

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Why is public diplomacy especially important in Mexico?  Mi casa es su casa, or put another way, we have 35 million US citizens of Mexican heritage, a 2000 mile border, 1 million people going in both directions over the border every day, and billions of dollars in trade annually.  So you'd better get it right.  And what about all those tweets?  Tony Wayne illuminates, and offers the best music Laura thinks we've ever had on the show!

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How do trade agreements affect regular people?  Tony Wayne, former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs and US Ambassador to Mexico, breaks down both the recent US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the preceding North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and explains why everything that happens between the US and Mexico is "intermestic," or both international and domestic.

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A Life of Significance show art A Life of Significance

American Diplomat

What's so important about devoting your life to service?  What are the rewards?  How have the changing times impacted the work of diplomacy, and how have they not?  One thing never changes:  You have the opportunity to promote and protect and defend the interests of the United States of America.

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