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American Diplomat

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?

Mar 11, 2021

We all know the importance of Nelson Mandela, but great as he was, he did not work alone. Each of these figures brought their motives and personalities to shape South Africa's transition from apartheid to the present. John Campbell, political counselor in Johannesburg during the collapse of apartheid, shares the...

Mar 4, 2021

It all began with a call from the police. Andrew Byrley, a young officer and former robotics expert, shares tales of a harrowing month assisting Americans in crisis in Belize. What can, what cannot, and what must the American consulate do for you in a foreign country?