The American Academy of Diplomacy

The American Academy of Diplomacy The Academy is an association of former ambassadors and senior-level government officials whose mission is to strengthen American diplomacy.
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Member articles posted here reflect their author's opinions, not the views of the Academy. The American Academy of Diplomacy is a prestigious, independent non-profit association of former ambassadors and senior-level diplomats. The Academy represents a unique wealth of talent and experience in the practice of American foreign policy.

Mission: The overriding concern underlying each and every activity of the Academy is its belief that the quality of American diplomacy is vital to its effectiveness, whether the practitioner comes from the career service or the political domain. That concern is evident in the objectives stated in its articles of incorporation: -to foster high standards of qualification for, and performance in, the conduct of diplomacy and the foreign affairs of the United States. -to increase public understanding and appreciation of the contributions of diplomacy to the national interests of the United States -to study and, as appropriate, to disseminate findings and recommendations with regard to the conduct and content of American foreign policy, and -to encourage the strengthening and improvement of American diplomatic representation abroad.

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On the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring, Amb. Gordon Gray recounts the important lessons learned while serving in Tun...
01/07/2021
What the Tunisian Revolution Taught Me

On the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring, Amb. Gordon Gray recounts the important lessons learned while serving in Tunisia during the Tunisian Revolution for the AFSA Foreign Service Journal.

Reflections on the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring from a career diplomat who was there.

In order for the U.S. to make progress in countering the CCP's narrative, multilateralism and diplomacy with allies will...
12/22/2020
The U.S. Can’t Check China Alone

In order for the U.S. to make progress in countering the CCP's narrative, multilateralism and diplomacy with allies will be essential.

What the State Department gets wrong about Beijing.

While tensions with North Korea continue to simmer, this foreign policy challenge will continue to perplex the next admi...
12/18/2020
Biden will have to make early decision on North Korea-adviser

While tensions with North Korea continue to simmer, this foreign policy challenge will continue to perplex the next administration as it has for some time now.

The incoming U.S. administration will have to make an early decision on what approach it will take with North Korea and not repeat the delay of the Obama era, a former U.S. official who has advised President-elect Joe Biden said on Wednesday.

"Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) will be the first African American chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, winning...
12/15/2020
Democrats elect Meeks as first Black Foreign Affairs chairman

"Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) will be the first African American chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, winning a caucuswide vote on Thursday to secure the top spot of the panel. "

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) will be the first African American chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, winning a caucuswide vote on Thursday to secure the top spot of the panel.

As his time at the State Department comes to a close, Michele Keleman looks at what Secretary Pompeo's legacy will be as...
12/14/2020
Pompeo's Legacy As The U.S. Secretary Of State

As his time at the State Department comes to a close, Michele Keleman looks at what Secretary Pompeo's legacy will be as America's chief diplomat.

In Congress, Mike Pompeo was one of the toughest critics of Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. Wrapping up his time as secretary of state, Pompeo's getting harsh reviews for partisanship

Academy member and trade expert Ambassador Robert Zoellick analyzes what a constructive trade policy in the Biden admini...
12/11/2020
Opinion | Biden Can Make American Trade Deals Great Again

Academy member and trade expert Ambassador Robert Zoellick analyzes what a constructive trade policy in the Biden administration would look like.

Unions might resist, but most Democrats now agree that economic isolation is a losing proposition.

The U.S. recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara in return for Morocco joining Arab states in establishi...
12/11/2020
Trump Says Morocco Joining Arab States Building Israeli Ties

The U.S. recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara in return for Morocco joining Arab states in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel.

President Donald Trump said Morocco and Israel agreed to establish full diplomatic relations and that he was recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed region of Western Sahara.

As NATO's internal fault lines have grown more pronounced, adversaries like Russia have started to take advantage of the...
12/11/2020
The Future of NATO

As NATO's internal fault lines have grown more pronounced, adversaries like Russia have started to take advantage of the discord and the alliance's future seems more in doubt. https://www.lawfareblog.com/future-nato

As the U.S. transitions to a new administration, it is important to reflect on the Trump administration’s approach to NATO and evaluate whether the treaty itself provides legal mechanisms to address current issues within the alliance.

Academy President, Ambassador Ronald Neumann, sat down with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California to d...
12/11/2020
World Affairs Council Inland Southern California - Podcast

Academy President, Ambassador Ronald Neumann, sat down with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California to discuss the foreign policy challenges the Biden Administration will face after inauguration in January. Click the link below to listen!

Aaron Williams addresses the necessity of diversity and inclusion reforms in foreign affairs. #AcademyMemberSpotlight
12/11/2020

Aaron Williams addresses the necessity of diversity and inclusion reforms in foreign affairs. #AcademyMemberSpotlight

AAD member Ambassador Kenneth Brill writes about how this year's U.S. election may have weakened our democratic institut...
12/10/2020
Trump's election antics weaken America — at home and abroad

AAD member Ambassador Kenneth Brill writes about how this year's U.S. election may have weakened our democratic institutions and worsened international perceptions of them.

Foreign respect for American political processes is a source of power that is hard to quantify, but it’s very real.

Barnett Rubin advocates for a more regional approach to the U.S.'s peace process in Afghanistan: "How the United States ...
12/10/2020
There Is Only One Way Out of Afghanistan

Barnett Rubin advocates for a more regional approach to the U.S.'s peace process in Afghanistan: "How the United States deals with these countries in the context of the Afghan peace process has profound implications for its relations with each of them and for its standing in Asia."

A political settlement in Afghanistan could serve as the foundation of a more ambitious and effective Asia policy.

Improving diversity and inclusion at the State Department as well as the senior ranks of the Foreign Service should be a...
12/10/2020
House Democrats introduce bill to address diversity at State Department

Improving diversity and inclusion at the State Department as well as the senior ranks of the Foreign Service should be a priority: “If we champion our values across the globe but do not practice them at home, our nation becomes increasingly less credible.”

House Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday aimed at improving diversity at the State Department by establishing a senior post in the agency tasked with increasing the numbers of women, minorities and those with disabilities serving

Aaron Williams offers advice to the next generation of foreign affairs leaders on today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight.
12/10/2020

Aaron Williams offers advice to the next generation of foreign affairs leaders on today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight.

Aaron Williams explains what diplomacy means to him on today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight.
12/09/2020

Aaron Williams explains what diplomacy means to him on today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight.

"Come January 2021, the United States and Germany will have to move quickly to resolve big differences, notably over Chi...
12/08/2020
The Closing Window for Angela Merkel and Joe Biden

"Come January 2021, the United States and Germany will have to move quickly to resolve big differences, notably over China and Russia. At stake is the strength of transatlantic ties between America and Europe."

Come January 2021, the United States and Germany will have to move quickly to resolve big differences, notably over China and Russia. At stake is the strength of transatlantic ties between America and Europe.

12/08/2020
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AAD member Ambassador Robert Pearson looks into the sanctions on Turkey included in the 2020 NDAA and the future of U.S.-Turkey relations as a result.

AAD member Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders discusses the prospects of the U.S. relationship with African states in light ...
12/08/2020
What the Nomination of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Means for U.S. Global Engagement and the U.S. Partnership with Africa

AAD member Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders discusses the prospects of the U.S. relationship with African states in light of the recent nomination of Amb. Thomas-Greenfield to the UN.

Guest Column - President-elect Biden's nomination of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield sends a strong message that the incoming administration is serious about re-engaging the world not only with strong policy leadership and national security skills, but also ensuring that America acts in line with...

On today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight, Aaron Williams explains how he began his career in the foreign service.
12/08/2020

On today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight, Aaron Williams explains how he began his career in the foreign service.

AAD member Amb. Kathleen Doherty writes, "The Biden Administration needs to take bold steps to combat global corruption ...
12/07/2020
The Contagion of Graft

AAD member Amb. Kathleen Doherty writes, "The Biden Administration needs to take bold steps to combat global corruption or all its top foreign policy priorities will be jeopardized."

The Biden Administration needs to take bold steps to combat global corruption or all its top foreign policy priorities will be jeopardized.

Somali presidential elections are scheduled soon, war is erupting in neighboring Ethiopia, and Shebab militants are stil...
12/07/2020
In Somalia, U.S. Troop Withdrawal Is Seen as Badly Timed

Somali presidential elections are scheduled soon, war is erupting in neighboring Ethiopia, and Shebab militants are still strong. Somalis say the timing of U.S. troop withdrawal could not be worse.

Somali presidential elections are scheduled in just a few months, war is erupting in neighboring Ethiopia, and Shebab militants are still strong. The timing, Somalis say, could not be worse.

On this week's #AcademyMemberSpotlight, we will be featuring former Peace Corps director, Aaron Williams.
12/07/2020

On this week's #AcademyMemberSpotlight, we will be featuring former Peace Corps director, Aaron Williams.

"[Biden] will need to persuade the Europeans, Chinese and Russians that everybody’s economic and security interests are ...
12/04/2020
Biden Must Not Rush to Nuclear Diplomacy With Iran

"[Biden] will need to persuade the Europeans, Chinese and Russians that everybody’s economic and security interests are best served by holding out for a deal that is comprehensive in nature, and not just in name — one that requires Iran to forgo not only the nuclear option but also its other dangerous activities."

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- After the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist last week, President-elect Joe Biden is coming under renewed pressure to quickly resume negotiations with the regime. He should slow down and proceed with caution.Biden has long since telegraphed his desire to resuscitate the...

"It is Gen Z that will live with the consequences of today’s decisions and that has the most stake in their success. Zoo...
12/04/2020
How Gen Z Will Shake Up Foreign Policy

"It is Gen Z that will live with the consequences of today’s decisions and that has the most stake in their success. Zoomers have starkly different policy impulses than leadership in Washington, and at this inflection point for the United States’ role in the world, policymakers must consider the perspectives and priorities of America’s next generation—or risk widening the gap between the country’s present and future."

While Generation Z will inherit the fallout from failures of U.S. leadership at home and abroad, it has the tools and perspective to shape a more sustainable and inclusive future. Four principles of a Gen Z foreign policy should guide today’s policymakers for tomorrow’s global challenges.

On this week's edition of Intelligence Matters with Michael Morell, AAD President Ambassador Ronald Neumann discusses na...
12/04/2020
Afghan forces are on defensive, says former ambassador | WSGW 790 AM & 100.5 FM

On this week's edition of Intelligence Matters with Michael Morell, AAD President Ambassador Ronald Neumann discusses national security interests in Afghanistan and provides insights for the incoming Biden administration.

This week on Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Ronald Neumann, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Algeria,

On today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight, Ambassador Chang-Bloch details her findings on working in bureaucracy.
12/04/2020

On today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight, Ambassador Chang-Bloch details her findings on working in bureaucracy.

Many thanks to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Weiser Diplomacy Center for joining us on another inst...
12/03/2020
What is Next for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Many thanks to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Weiser Diplomacy Center for joining us on another installment of our Michigan Ambassadors Forum! Be sure to watch the discussion here! ⬇️

The Weiser Diplomacy Center is partnering with the American Academy of Diplomacy to bring seasoned U.S. diplomats to Ford School and discuss the future of U....

Academy member John McLaughlin writes about the perceived role of intelligence in a Biden administration following his r...
12/03/2020
Biden’s New Intel Chief Means Truth to Power Is Back

Academy member John McLaughlin writes about the perceived role of intelligence in a Biden administration following his recent choice for DNI.

The intelligence community just climbed back into the front seat.

Ambassador Chang-Bloch discusses the significance of her 1989 appointment as Ambassador to Nepal on today's #AcademyMemb...
12/03/2020

Ambassador Chang-Bloch discusses the significance of her 1989 appointment as Ambassador to Nepal on today's #AcademyMemberSpotlight.

"Ethiopia and the United Nations have reached an agreement to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern ...
12/02/2020
Ethiopia gives UN ‘unimpeded’ access to Tigray to deliver aid

"Ethiopia and the United Nations have reached an agreement to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people."

Deal allows aid workers access to government-controlled areas of Tigray, where federal troops are battling the TPLF.

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