The Foreign Service Journal - September 2014 - page 28

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SEPTEMBER 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Charles Stuart Kennedy, 2014 winner of AFSA’s Lifetime Contributions to
American Diplomacy Award, talks about his Foreign Service career and pioneering work
creating American diplomacy’s oral history program.
BY SHAWN DORMAN
FOCUS
AFSA HONORS DISSENT AND PERFORMANCE
TURNING THE TABLES:
An Interviewwith
StuKennedy
O
n June 18, at this year’s awards
ceremony, AFSA conferred
its Lifetime Contributions to
American Diplomacy Award
on Charles Stuart Kennedy, in
recognition of his distinguished
Foreign Service career and life-
time of public service.
The previous recipients of
this prestigious award are U. Alexis Johnson, Frank Carlucci,
George H.W. Bush, Lawrence Eagleburger, Cyrus Vance, David
Newsom, Lee Hamilton, Thomas Pickering, George Shultz, Rich-
ard Parker, Richard Lugar, Morton Abramowitz, Joan Clark, Tom
Boyatt, Sam Nunn, Bruce Laingen, Rozanne Ridgway, William
Lacy Swing and George Landau.
A career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1955 to
1985, Charles Stuart “Stu” Kennedy retired after a distinguished
consular career with the rank of minister counselor. Mr. Kennedy
was consul general in Naples, Seoul, Athens and Saigon, and
also served in Frankfurt, Dhahran, Belgrade and Washington,
D.C. Throughout his career, he set a high standard for creatively
managing and responding to the growing need for protection of,
and services for, American citizens, and for managing U.S. visa
programs and processes.
In 1986, after retiring from the Foreign Service, Mr. Kennedy
became managing director of The George Washington University’s
Foreign Service History Center. There he created the Foreign Affairs
Oral History Collection and began recording the insights and expe-
riences of American diplomats. The programmoved to George-
town University and then, in 1988, to the Association of Diplomatic
Studies and Training, where he serves as its director.
In that capacity, Mr. Kennedy has personally interviewed
more than 1,000 retired American diplomats, some of whose
careers date back to the 1920s. The
now includes more than 2,000 entries, which are posted on the
Library of Congress website, as well as at ADST’s website. The
collection is a rich and essential resource for authors, scholars
and journalists.
Mr. Kennedy is the author of
The American Consul: A History
of the United States Consular Service, 1776-1914
(Praeger, 1990).
He is the co-author, with William D. Morgan, of
The U.S. Consul
at Work
(Praeger, 1991) and
American Diplomats: The Foreign
Shawn Dorman is the editor of
The Foreign Service Journal
.
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