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The Council fulfills its mission through its programs, which serve to educate the public about critical foreign policy issues affecting the national interest. Council programs include:

Conferences and Ambassadors Forums, held in Washington, DC and cities around the country, to enhance the public's understanding of international issues. Ambassadors Roundtables, which allow members to engage in off

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Peace Through Food: Ending the Hunger-Instability Nexus - ISD
10/14/2021
Peace Through Food: Ending the Hunger-Instability Nexus - ISD

Peace Through Food: Ending the Hunger-Instability Nexus - ISD

Read the report Summary Brief In the twentieth century, humankind made phenomenal steps to increase food production. But today, complex and interrelated issues drive an increase in food insecurity globally, and propel conflict, migration, and human insecurity. Nearly a billion people, at a minimum,....

Learn more about the background behind recent events from experts like Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., who wrote this piec...
10/13/2021
Reducing Nuclear Dangers on the Korean Peninsula: Bilateral versus Multilateral Approaches

Learn more about the background behind recent events from experts like Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., who wrote this piece on the nuclear situation in the Korean peninsula: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org//post/reducing-nuclear-dangers-on-the-korean-peninsula-bilateral-versus-multilateral-approaches #KimJong-un #Pyongyang

This paper addresses the important issue of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. It reviews alternate solutions: an essentially bilateral solution with the United States as an associated party, and a multilateral regime establishing a nuclear weapon free zone in a designated part of Northeast As...

"China is in the early stages of a new type of cultural war" shares Ambassador Richard Holwill in his latest piece on th...
10/07/2021
Richard Holwill: Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Xi’s Cultural Rejuvenation

"China is in the early stages of a new type of cultural war" shares Ambassador Richard Holwill in his latest piece on the country's recent internal changes. Read more here: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/richard-holwill-mao-s-cultural-revolution-and-xi-s-cultural-rejuvenation #China #InternationalAffairs #AmbassadorsLive

Ambassador Richard Holwill discussed China's new cultural tensions under the directives of President Xi Jinping. Read the full article here.

Explore Mexico's recent challenges and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in this podcast with Ambassador Christopher L...
10/06/2021
Christopher Landau: Crisis Across Borders

Explore Mexico's recent challenges and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in this podcast with Ambassador Christopher Landau: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/christopher-landau-crisis-across-borders #bordercrisis #AmbassadorsLive

subscribe on: iTunes, Spotify, Libsyn, Stitcher, Youtube Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ambassador Christopher Landau, joined American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss Mexico's domestic policies and how the nation has handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Ambassador Chri...

Dr. Jack Hamilton joined the Council to explore the evolution of American diplomacy, some of the U.S.'s most well-known ...
10/05/2021
How the U.S. Diplomatic Corps Became Worthy of a Great Power: A Roundtable with Dr. Jack Hamilton

Dr. Jack Hamilton joined the Council to explore the evolution of American diplomacy, some of the U.S.'s most well-known diplomats, and current state of the Foreign Service. Watch now: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/how-the-u-s-diplomatic-corps-became-worthy-of-a-great-power-a-roundtable-with-dr-jack-hamilton

How the U.S. Diplomatic Corps Became Worthy of a Great Power: Hugh Gibson and His Pretty Good Club The Council was honored to host Jack Hamilton for this hybrid Roundtable event. Jack Hamilton, a former journalist and government official, is the Hopkins P. Breazeale LSU Foundation Professor at Louis...

Don't miss our recent podcast episode on the current circumstances in Europe and Russia's growing role: https://www.amer...
10/01/2021
James Gilmore: A Dangerous Continent

Don't miss our recent podcast episode on the current circumstances in Europe and Russia's growing role: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/james-gilmore-a-dangerous-continent #Ukraine

subscribe on: iTunes, Spotify, Libsyn, Stitcher, Youtube Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and former Governor of Virginia, James Gilmore, joined American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukrain...

Learn more about the history of the U.S.-Australian relationship and how global influences are effecting the future of t...
09/30/2021
The Unbreakable Alliance: A Roundtable with Ambassador Arthur Culvahouse

Learn more about the history of the U.S.-Australian relationship and how global influences are effecting the future of the alliance: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/the-unbreakable-alliance-a-roundtable-with-ambassador-arthur-culvahouse

The Unbreakable Alliance Ambassador Culvahouse has a long career in service to the nation, including as Counsel to President Ronald Reagan. During his time as Ambassador to Australia, Ambassador Culvahouse strengthened the crucial U.S.-Australian alliance, maintaining a relationship key to the balan...

"China has acquired global domination with 36.7 percent of the world's rare earth deposits" highlights Ambassador J. Wil...
09/29/2021
Opinion/Middendorf: China's monopoly on rare earth elements may be getting stronger

"China has acquired global domination with 36.7 percent of the world's rare earth deposits" highlights Ambassador J. William Middendorf. Read his insights on the influence of rare earth metals on international affairs here: https://www.providencejournal.com/story/opinion/2021/09/23/opinion-middendorf-chinas-monopoly-rare-earth-elements-may-getting-stronger/8398108002/

We should address vulnerabilities in the critical minerals supply chain by increasing domestic exploration, production, recycling, reprocessing, industry incentives, and research and development.

Reflect on the power of diplomacy in some of the world's toughest posts with American Ambassadors Live! podcast guest, P...
09/23/2021
Paul Richter: America's Diplomats on the Front Lines

Reflect on the power of diplomacy in some of the world's toughest posts with American Ambassadors Live! podcast guest, Paul Richter: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/america-s-diplomats-on-the-front-lines-with-paul-richter #UNGA

​subscribe on: iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Guest Paul Richter joins American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss his new book, The Ambassadors: America's Diplomat on the Front Lines in which Mr. Richter writes about the distinctive careers of four U.S. Amba...

While the UN General Assembly continues in New York, learn more about the role of the U.S. in the multilateral organizat...
09/22/2021
Kelley Currie: The U.S. and Multilateralism

While the UN General Assembly continues in New York, learn more about the role of the U.S. in the multilateral organization: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/kelley-currie-the-u-s-and-multilateralism #UNGA

subscribe on: iTunes, Spotify, Libsyn, Stitcher Former Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues at the UN, Kelley Currie, joined American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Louise Oliver to discuss working with the UN and the challenges of multilateralism. Ambassador Kelley Currie served...

Ambassador Ryan Crocker spoke on the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Read the article, originally ...
09/16/2021
Ryan Crocker: Ex-U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan: 'It's a failure of American patience'

Ambassador Ryan Crocker spoke on the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Read the article, originally from a discussion with The Santa Fe New Mexican: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/ryan-crocker-ex-u-s-ambassador-to-iraq-afghanistan-it-s-a-failure-of-american-patience

Ambassador Ryan Crocker spoke on the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Read the article here.

Listen to Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook as she shares her experiences during the Civil Rights Movement, 9/11, and over h...
09/14/2021
Suzan Johnson Cook: ‘You Were Born for This’ with Ambassador Sujay Johnson Cook

Listen to Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook as she shares her experiences during the Civil Rights Movement, 9/11, and over her lifetime in this episode of Where Ya From?: americanambassadorslive.org/post/suzan-johnson-cook-you-were-born-for-this-with-ambassador-sujay-johnson-cook

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook spoke about her experiences in New York City during the Civil Rights Movement and 9/11, as well as her personal story in this episode of Where Ya From? with Christianity Today. Listen to the full episode here.

09/13/2021

As the U.S. Embassy in Kabul suspends its operations after withdrawing, we remember the important role of the U.S Embassy in Saigon as the parallel government during the Vietnam War. Read the excerpts from Robert Senser in this new ADST “Moment” here: https://bit.ly/3DPuFbk

"The summit on Sept. 10 had gone extraordinarily well... Later that week I would learn how precious and critical that fr...
09/08/2021
Tom Schieffer: On 9/11, as ambassador to Australia, I learned the depth of our friendship

"The summit on Sept. 10 had gone extraordinarily well... Later that week I would learn how precious and critical that friendship truly is," shares Ambassador Tom Schieffer, remembering the world's response to 9/11 twenty years later. Read more: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/tom-schieffer-on-9-11-as-ambassador-to-australia-i-learned-the-depth-of-our-friendship

"This month marks the 20th anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history, 9/11. For those of us who were in Washington that day, the memory of how that tragedy unfolded will never leave us. Sworn in only six weeks before as the new ambassador to Australia, I had returned to Washington t...

Ambassador J. Peter Pham discussed the political and economic context of Israel's changing relationship with the African...
09/02/2021
J. Peter Pham: Israel’s African Comeback

Ambassador J. Peter Pham discussed the political and economic context of Israel's changing relationship with the African Union as well as new strategic opportunities for the United States. Read the full article here: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/j-peter-pham-israel-s-african-comeback

Ambassador J. Peter Pham discussed the political and economic context of Israel's changing relationship with the African Union as well as new strategic opportunities for the United States. Read the full article here.

As Zambia's elections come to a close, Ambassador Michelle Gavin discusses what the future holds for the nation: https:/...
08/26/2021
Zambian Opposition Stalwart Hichilema Secures Big Win in Presidential Elections

As Zambia's elections come to a close, Ambassador Michelle Gavin discusses what the future holds for the nation: https://www.cfr.org/blog/zambian-opposition-stalwart-hichilema-secures-big-win-presidential-elections

The Zambian people turned out in robust numbers to elect veteran opposition politician Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) their next president, enabling him to comfortably clear the threshold required to avert a run-off.

NEW EPISODE: Former Ambassador to the OSCE and former Governor of Virginia, James Gilmore, joined our host Ambassador Ji...
08/24/2021
James Gilmore: A Dangerous Continent

NEW EPISODE: Former Ambassador to the OSCE and former Governor of Virginia, James Gilmore, joined our host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine and Russia's activities in the region. Listen Now: https://www.americanambassadorslive.org/post/james-gilmore-a-dangerous-continent

subscribe on: iTunes, Spotify, Libsyn, Stitcher, Youtube Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and former Governor of Virginia, James Gilmore, joined American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukrain...

Members Capricia Marshall and Stuart Holliday joined other esteemed guests at Meridian International Center's reception ...
08/18/2021
White House social secretary talks to embassy counterparts about navigating pandemic | Washington Diplomat

Members Capricia Marshall and Stuart Holliday joined other esteemed guests at Meridian International Center's reception celebrating embassy social secretaries' and current White House social secretary Carlos Elizondo's diplomatic creativity amid the pandemic: https://washdiplomat.com/white-house-social-secretary-talks-to-embassy-counterparts-about-pandemic-challenges-opportunities/

Carlos Elizondo, White House social secretary and longtime aide to first lady Jill Biden, was among the guests at the Meridian International Center's annual celebration of embassy social secretaries and cultural attachés.

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