Diplomatic Diary


U.N. Fails Its ‘Responsibility to Protect’ Civilians in Syria

Russian and Chinese obstructionism puts millions at risk of starvation and disease.

ARGUMENT By CHRIS EHLING


When Diplomacy and Ethics Collide

I often faced choices that pitted my personal morals against what the organization required or demanded.

HOT TOPIC

By CHARLES RAY


Expeditionary Diplomacy: Was It Worth It?

With Iraq and Afghanistan still dangerous and badly governed, a resounding yes eludes diplomats.

ARGUMENT

By NICHOLAS KRALEV


How U.S. Border Agents Mistreat Black American Diplomats

A diplomatic passport with a notation that the bearer is a U.S. ambassador isn’t enough to earn us respect and courtesy.

HOT TOPIC By CHARLES RAY


Why Politicians Don’t Trust Diplomats

Republican and Democratic political leaders have harbored suspicion and distrust of professional diplomats for decades.

ARGUMENT By NICHOLAS KRALEV


A Diplomat’s Life: No Bomb Drop or Sharpshooter Here

Diplomacy isn’t magic fairy dust you sprinkle on international crises when they erupt.

BOOK EXCERPT

By ELIZABETH SHACKELFORD


Diplomacy Across Cultures: Playing ‘Three-Dimensional Chess While Riding a Bicycle’

A guide to the professional applications of cross-cultural communication for diplomats.

STUDY GUIDE By JACK ZETKULIC


DIPLOMATIC TERM OF THE WEEK

Recognition

Commonly used in connection with the recognition by one state of the existence of another state (for example when a new one is formed), or the existence of a government which is in effective control of a state.


VIDEO DIARY



WIDA Executive Director Nicholas Kralev talks to actor Davi Santos, WIDA’s first goodwill ambassador. His credits include “Power Rangers” (Nickelodeon), “Tell Me a Story” (CBS), “Law & Order True Crime” (NBC), “47 Meters Down” and “Something Like Summer.”


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