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The State Department announced Thursday that the U.S. has been elected to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council, which is "...
10/15/2021
U.S. elected to rejoin UN Human Rights Council after exit under Trump

The State Department announced Thursday that the U.S. has been elected to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council, which is "responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe."

It comes years after Trump walked out on the panel citing bias against Israel.

The U.S. Secretary of State held meetings Tuesday on Ethiopia where "they agreed to urge the parties...to immediately en...
10/15/2021
US pushes diplomacy, prepares sanctions as Ethiopia launches new offensive in brutal war, risking famine

The U.S. Secretary of State held meetings Tuesday on Ethiopia where "they agreed to urge the parties...to immediately end abuses, to enter into negotiations toward a ceasefire, and to lay the foundation for a broader and inclusive dialogue to restore peace in Ethiopia and preserve the unity of the Ethiopian state."

The worsening fighting puts millions of lives at risk amid reports of famine-like conditions and severe food insecurity.

Qatar’s foreign minister said "isolating Afghanistan and its new Taliban rulers “will never be an answer” and argued Wed...
10/14/2021
Amid flurry of Taliban diplomacy, Qatar stresses engagement

Qatar’s foreign minister said "isolating Afghanistan and its new Taliban rulers “will never be an answer” and argued Wednesday that engaging with the former insurgents could empower the more moderate voices among them."

Qatar’s foreign minister says isolating Afghanistan and its new Taliban rulers “will never be an answer.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Wednesday, "we'll be moving forward with the process of opening a consu...
10/14/2021
US to Move on Plans to Reopen Consulate in Jerusalem

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Wednesday, "we'll be moving forward with the process of opening a consulate (in Jerusalem) as part of deepening those ties with the Palestinians."

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the move is intended to deepen US-Palestinian ties

"Never, ever allow free and fair elections" is Fidel's advice to Daniel Ortega, today's strongman leader of Nicaragua. B...
10/14/2021
Nicaragua, Nicaragüita

"Never, ever allow free and fair elections" is Fidel's advice to Daniel Ortega, today's strongman leader of Nicaragua. Bob Callahan describes today's authoritarian regime in this Central American nation in The American Diplomat's new podcast episode entitled "Nicaragua, Nicaragüita."

"Never, ever allow free and fair elections" is Fidel's advice to Daniel Ortega, today's strongman leader of Nicaragua. Bob Callahan describes today's authoritarian regime in this Central American nation.

President Biden has tapped AAD member Amb. Elizabeth Jones as the new coordinator for Afghan relocation efforts. State D...
10/13/2021
Biden taps new Afghan relocation leader as U.S. weighs future with Taliban

President Biden has tapped AAD member Amb. Elizabeth Jones as the new coordinator for Afghan relocation efforts. State Department spokesperson Ned Price noted, "Ambassador Jones is exceptionally well-equipped to take on this critical role."

In the new position, Elizabeth Jones will be responsible for overseeing the departure and resettlement effort.

Former Ambassador to Tunisia, Amb. Gordon Gray focuses on the importance of American support of Tunisian democracy. "The...
10/12/2021
Analysis | Can Tunisia’s civil society save its democracy?

Former Ambassador to Tunisia, Amb. Gordon Gray focuses on the importance of American support of Tunisian democracy. "The United States can help and should redouble efforts and assistance to bolster civil society, whose vibrancy has been a defining strength of the Tunisian political environment," Amb. Gray writes.

Ambassador (ret.) Gordon Gray

10/12/2021
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Following the High-level week of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Tibor Nagy reflects on what he believes are the pitfalls of the United Nations. He concludes his piece with the sentiment that the UN "desperately needs major restructuring to reflect today's global realities and challenges."

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AAD members Amb. Chas Freeman and Amb. Richard Boucher weigh in on Biden's decision to nominate hotel developer George T...
10/12/2021
Biden's pick for envoy to Greece panned by former diplomats

AAD members Amb. Chas Freeman and Amb. Richard Boucher weigh in on Biden's decision to nominate hotel developer George Tsunis for U.S. ambassador to Greece. Amb. Boucher added, "The issue is not career versus political. It's competent versus not competent."

Former U.S. diplomats criticized the choice of hotel developer George Tsunis for U.S. ambassador to Greece, saying his lack of preparation when he was nominated for U.S. ambassador to Norway in 2014 showed he was unfit to represent the United States abroad.

The German police have begun investigating "the mysterious Havana syndrome, believed to have affected around 200 U.S. of...
10/08/2021
Berlin police investigating 'Havana syndrome' cases at U.S. embassy

The German police have begun investigating "the mysterious Havana syndrome, believed to have affected around 200 U.S. officials and family members worldwide, at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin."

German police are investigating several cases of the mysterious "Havana syndrome", believed to have affected around 200 U.S. officials and family members worldwide, at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

When considering future diplomacy with China, "Asia expert Kamphausen says the challenge is for the U.S. and its partner...
10/08/2021
Long promised and often delayed, the 'pivot to Asia' takes shape under Biden

When considering future diplomacy with China, "Asia expert Kamphausen says the challenge is for the U.S. and its partners to find ways to cooperate with China on some issues, compete on others and avoid direct confrontation."

President Obama called for a greater focus on Asia to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century. A decade later, Obama's vice president, now President Biden, seems intent on making it happen.

In a recent meeting with senior French officials, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken aimed to "rebuild ties after a ...
10/07/2021
France wants results by end of October in moves to mend U.S. ties

In a recent meeting with senior French officials, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken aimed to "rebuild ties after a security pact (AUKUS) between Washington, Australia and Britain resulted in Australia scuttling a defense contract for French submarines...."

France wants to see concrete results by the end of October on three issues that are up for negotiation with the United States as the two allies look to mend relations, the French foreign minister said after talks with his U.S. counterpart.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that he has "spoken with his Russian counterpart about restorin...
10/07/2021
Blinken Speaks With Russia's Lavrov About Restoring Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that he has "spoken with his Russian counterpart about restoring Iran's nuclear deal and that the issue is of mutual concern to the United States and Russia."

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says issue is of mutual concern to both countries

President Joe Biden is sending White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan to Switzerland for talks with senior ...
10/06/2021
Biden dispatches Sullivan to meet China diplomat in Zurich

President Joe Biden is sending White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan to Switzerland for talks with senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi. This meeting comes after disputes over the state of trade and Taiwan.

The meeting, set for Wednesday in Zurich, comes after the White House on Monday criticized Beijing over several days of sustained military harassment against the self-ruled island of Taiwan.

Under the direction of President Biden, the State Department is looking to expand the Foreign Service to recruit more Am...
10/06/2021
State Department Recruiters Aim to Expand Foreign Service

Under the direction of President Biden, the State Department is looking to expand the Foreign Service to recruit more Americans. Though the expansion is contingent on congressional approval of a larger budget, it would significantly increase the chances applicants get in.

Hiring more diplomats is contingent on congressional approval of a larger budget. It would increase applicants' chances of getting in.

17 Senators are calling on Biden to expel 300 Russian diplomats if Moscow does not issue more diplomatic visas. In a let...
10/06/2021
Bipartisan senators call on Biden to expel 300 Russian diplomats over Moscow embassy ban

17 Senators are calling on Biden to expel 300 Russian diplomats if Moscow does not issue more diplomatic visas. In a letter they wrote on Monday, the Senators said, "This disproportionality in diplomatic representation is unacceptable." It would be the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats in U.S. history.

It would be the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats in U.S. history.

Pardis Mahdavi relays her experience of the Iranian sexual revolution and similar movements. Why was the summer of the c...
10/05/2021
The Summer of the Cockroaches

Pardis Mahdavi relays her experience of the Iranian sexual revolution and similar movements. Why was the summer of the cockroaches her favorite? Listen to find out in The American Diplomat's new podcast entitled "The Summer of the Cockroaches."

Pardis Mahdavi relays her experience of the Iranian sexual revolution and similar movements in the Middle East, including Afghanistan. Why was the summer of the cockroaches her favorite? There weren't enough cockroaches for everybody! And this is to say nothing of the or**es.  Listen and find o...

AAD member Robin Wright covers the senate testimony where "members of the Senate and House challenged the three men who ...
10/05/2021
Afghanistan and the Haunting Questions of Blame

AAD member Robin Wright covers the senate testimony where "members of the Senate and House challenged the three men who oversaw the war’s end to explain it."

In Senate testimony, the generals acknowledged America’s “strategic failure” in its longest war, and their differences with Biden.

In his recent article, AAD member Amb. Freeman stresses "the intellectual property generated by China, the United States...
10/05/2021
Sino-American Relations: A Contest of Innovative Capabilities – Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

In his recent article, AAD member Amb. Freeman stresses "the intellectual property generated by China, the United States, and other innovative societies is the currency in which our future wealth is denominated."

Sino-American Relations: A Contest of Innovative Capabilities Chas Freeman 2021-10-03 China, Diplomacy, Economics, Finance, Law, Science, Speeches, Strategy, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. Politics Sino-American Relations: A Contest of Innovative Capabilities Remarks to the Chief Intellectual Property Of...

The AAD, in collaboration with OVPGA, hosted the annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum, “Preserving Life: Climate Change...
10/01/2021
2021 AAD Sisco Memorial Forum: The Role of Diplomacy in Addressing Climate and Water Issues - UNC Global

The AAD, in collaboration with OVPGA, hosted the annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum, “Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water, and Diplomacy,” where “leading foreign affairs practitioners discussed the role of diplomacy in generating the international cooperation needed to address climate and water issues.”

During the annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum, “Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water, and Diplomacy,” leading foreign affairs practitioners discussed the role of diplomacy in generating the international cooperation needed to address climate and water issues. The event, hosted by … Contin...

Foreign minister Mouynes claimed "she spent months warning officials of the expected migrants and expressed disappointme...
10/01/2021
Diplomat says Panama 'sounded the alarm' on Haitian migrants, adding more are on the way to US

Foreign minister Mouynes claimed "she spent months warning officials of the expected migrants and expressed disappointment that the Biden administration was not better prepared for the Haitian migrant crisis along the border."

Panama foreign minister Erika Mouynes said she "sounded the alarm when we should have" regarding the Haitian migrants that recently made their way to Del Rio, Texas, adding that even more migrants were on their way.

On deterring military conflict in the Taiwan Strait, AAD member Amb. Chas W. Freeman believes "defining the Taiwan issue...
10/01/2021
How Could the U.S. Deter Military Conflict in the Taiwan Strait?

On deterring military conflict in the Taiwan Strait, AAD member Amb. Chas W. Freeman believes "defining the Taiwan issue in purely military terms perpetuates and exacerbates" the conflict. Instead, the U.S. should "seek to incentivize Beijing and Taipei to resolve their differences peacefully through negotiations."

Last week, China flew 24 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. One of the largest incursions in recent years, the People’s Liberation Army flyover came a day after Taipei applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Beijing, which ...

AAD member Amb. Atwood writes in his most recent article, "there is much to be gained in a civil debate between conserva...
09/30/2021
Let's leave the military out of our polarized politics

AAD member Amb. Atwood writes in his most recent article, "there is much to be gained in a civil debate between conservatives and liberals, but attacking our military in disputes over its role and its efforts to maintain discipline should be out of bounds."

There is much to be gained in a civil debate between conservatives and liberals, but attacking our military in disputes over its role and its efforts to maintain discipline should be out of bounds.

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) met last week and their "agenda focused largely on solving global challenges ...
09/30/2021
The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) met last week and their "agenda focused largely on solving global challenges such as climate change and access to vaccines." There are concerns that the political differences between the United States and India will prevent the creation of such solutions.

Washington and New Delhi must overcome some key differences for the group to succeed.

A senior U.S. diplomat stated at an event with Taiwan's foreign minister that "the United States remains committed to ex...
09/30/2021
At event with U.N. envoy, U.S. says committed to Taiwan's international participation

A senior U.S. diplomat stated at an event with Taiwan's foreign minister that "the United States remains committed to expanding Taiwan's space for international participation."

The United States remains committed to expanding Taiwan's space for international participation, a senior U.S. diplomat said at an event with Taiwan's foreign minister that was also attended by the deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Top U.S. climate negotiator John Kerry calls for increased urgency on climate change policies ahead of the Glasgow summi...
09/29/2021
'We've got to speed it up': Top US climate negotiator John Kerry says ahead of Glasgow summit

Top U.S. climate negotiator John Kerry calls for increased urgency on climate change policies ahead of the Glasgow summit. Pointing to the extreme weather events in the last year, he said, Mother Nature "did a hell of a job whipping up enthusiasm to get something done."

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry says all countries need to speed up their efforts to reduce emissions and limit the impacts of climate change.

According to a new survey, a majority of Americans want "more U.S. diplomatic engagement," and 42.3% want "fewer U.S. tr...
09/29/2021
Most Americans want more diplomacy, many want fewer troops abroad -survey

According to a new survey, a majority of Americans want "more U.S. diplomatic engagement," and 42.3% want "fewer U.S. troops stationed abroad." The survey was designed by the Eurasia Group Foundation and taken during the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.

A majority of Americans want more U.S. diplomatic engagement and a plurality want fewer U.S. troops stationed abroad, according to a survey taken as the chaotic U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan took place.

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