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American Diplomat

Jul 3, 2020

The royal family requests that the Ambassador wear a skirt.  What?  Ambassador Kristie Kenney can come up with a skirt, fine, but what about Secretary Clinton?  She has only pantsuits!  Don't the Thai royals know about Pantsuit Nation?  (That came later, yes, but the woman wore only pants.  We know...


Jun 25, 2020

He's charismatic, he's exciting, he's strong. How do elected autocrats woo their publics and then destroy the very countries they promised to elevate? What happens to the populace?  Kristie Kenney, ambassador to Ecuador, Thailand and the Philippines has a thing or two to say about these folks and the reasons that people...


Jun 18, 2020

Chinese President Xi wants one-man rule, but pesky Hong Kong must be put in its place. Is there any future for "one country, two systems"? And why is Xi doing this now? Richard Boucher shares some nuggets of his vast experience with China and Hong Kong.


Jun 11, 2020

Ever had that dream where you sit for an exam and you haven't been to class once?  And you're not wearing any pants?  Welcome to the world of the State Department Spokesperson, as told by Richard Boucher.  


Jun 4, 2020

The Egyptian Revolution of 2011 meant to oust authoritarian President Mubarak, at which time the armed forces took over until Mohamed Morsi was elected by popular vote in 2012. Why did Morsi last only one year before being removed in a coup-d'etat led by General El-Sisi? Has anything really changed for...