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The U.S. Foreign Service: Behind the Scenes of American Diplomacy

The U.S. Foreign Service: Behind the Scenes of American Diplomacy

A talk by Nicholas Kralev, author of the book "America's Other Army" and former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent. Comments provided by the Honorable Bill Martin, U.S. State Department Diplomat-in-Residence at UCLA.

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Duration: 01:03:14

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Nicholas Kralev has been given unprecedented access to the inner sanctum of American diplomacy in Washington and around the world over several years. His new book, America's Other Army is based on his visits to more than 50 U.S. embassies and interviews with 600 career diplomats, as well as Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. For a decade, Kralev traveled with these U.S. secretaries of state to over 80 countries as a newspaper correspondent.

In his book, Nicholas Kralev will share behind-the-scenes insights about high-level foreign policy decision-making. He will discuss how the work of American diplomats affects the daily lives of millions of people around the world. He will also examine whether the Foreign Service is equipped to address the challenges of the 21st century, and what needs to be done to improve it.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist and lecturer on international affairs, diplomacy and global travel.

A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he has traveled around the world with four U.S. secretaries of state — Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. He has flown over 2 million miles and visited more than 80 countries.

He is also the author of Decoding Air Travel: A Guide to Saving on Airfare and Flying in Luxury, as well as the founder of Kralev International LLC, an air travel consulting and training company. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and speaks five languages.

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