Diplomatic Diary

INSIDE THE WORLD OF MODERN DIPLOMACY​

How to Prepare for Life After a Career in Diplomacy

We diplomats often identify with our job, and when we leave, we find ourselves confronting an identity crisis — or even loss of identity.

By CHARLES RAY

Diplomacy and the Peaceful Transfer of Power

American diplomats have championed democratic transitions globally for decades. That will be harder after 2020.

By ROBERT DOWNES

How Public Diplomacy Can Help Regain U.S. Credibility

Be honest with Americans and foreigners, fight authoritarian propaganda and empower diplomats in the field.

By GORDON DUGUID

Embassy Election Night Spectacular? Not in 2020

As Americans voted, guests weren’t invited to most U.S. overseas posts for the first time in decades.

By ROBIN HOLZHAUER

The End of Imperial Diplomacy

The peak of American power at the end of the Cold War is unlikely to be approached again anytime soon. An eight-step program for a recovering superpower.

By NICHOLAS KRALEV

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

Russian and Chinese obstructionism puts millions at risk of starvation and disease. Covid-19 makes things worse.

By CHRIS EHLING

When Diplomacy and Ethics Collide

During my Foreign Service career, I often faced choices that pitted my personal morals against what the organization required or demanded.

By CHARLES RAY

Expeditionary Diplomacy: Was It Worth It?

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

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.

By ELIZABETH SHACKELFORD

How U.S. Border Agents Mistreat Black American Diplomats

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

By CHARLES RAY

Playing ‘Three-Dimensional Chess While Riding a Bicycle’

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

By JACK ZETKULIC

Why Politicians Don’t Trust Diplomats

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

By NICHOLAS KRALEV

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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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