The Foreign Service Journal - March 2014 - page 23

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
|
MARCH 2014
23
Excerpts from the oral histories
of six diplomats give a flavor of
the challenges, as well as
the lighter moments, of a
Foreign Service career.
TELLING
OUR STORIES
FOCUS
I
n this 90th-anniversary year of the U.S. Foreign
Service, it is fitting to remind ourselves and the
American public of the vital role the Service plays in
ensuring our country’s prosperity and security. And
what better way to understand the work of diplo-
macy than to have diplomats themselves talk about
their experiences?
Here we present excerpts (with light editing for
clarity) from the oral histories of six Foreign Service
officers recorded by the Foreign Affairs Oral History program
of the
The
selections, one from each decade between 1940 and 2000, give a
window into the challenges, as well as the lighter moments, of a
diplomatic career.
ADST’s Oral History program conducts interviews for the
largest collection of diplomatic oral histories in the world—
there are now more than 1,800 transcripts, and the archive
continues to grow under the direction of its founder, retired
FSO and interviewer extraordinaire Charles Stuart Kennedy.
ADST was founded in 1986 as a nonprofit organization to
advance knowledge of U.S. diplomacy and support training at
the Foreign Service Institute. To achieve those goals, it pursues
programs in oral history, publishing, educational websites,
social media and exhibits, and serves as a foundation to obtain
THE FOREIGNAFFAIRS
ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION
1...,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22 24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,...80
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