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American Diplomat

Apr 15, 2021

Ambassador Jim Gadsen and mid-career officer Paloma Gonzalez share their stories of diversity and inclusion, one a Black man whose career was launched in part by the Civil Rights Movement, the other a Latina whose parents came to the US to be where the Civil Rights Movement was changing lives. In the end, though,...

Apr 8, 2021

It's 5:30am, and Kala Bokelman of the Diplomatic Security Service is one of many staking out a professional photographer named Solano's house on a skinny on a dead-end street in Costa Rica. Together with Costa Rican security, the DSS helps bust a child pornography ring resulting in 757 years in prison (that's right,...

Mar 31, 2021

Party at Carla's house!  Kala Bokelman, diplomatic security special agent, tells of a raid on a house straddling the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border.  The goal?  To stop coyotes smuggling people from Cuba to the US via Ecuador and every state in between.  The problem?  Her jurisdiction ends in Carla's back...

Mar 26, 2021

As a diplomat of color, how did the murder of George Floyd inspire Christian Loubeau, Security Council negotiator for the United States mission to the United Nations, to create change at USUN? And, how exactly do you conduct multilateral negotiation on behalf of the US?

Mar 18, 2021

Andrew Shinn onboards as a new Foreign Service Officer during the pandemic.  But what is he onboarding to?  There's no place to go, and even State doesn't really know what to do with these newbies.  Do you swear in wearing your underwear?