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The Diplomat Environmentalist

The life and (near) death of Indonesia's Palm Oil Pledge, A guy named Anderson and an air pollution monitor in...

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Ever Hear of Ebenezer Bassett?

Me, neither.  Chris Teal, filmmaker, author and diplomat, shares the little-known tale of integrity and courage of...

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Immigration Made Simple

Michele Bond parses immigration and solves the whole conundrum. So what's the problem? (Hint: Pete thinks it's us.)

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And How Long Will You Be Staying? CORRECTED

Courtesy, respect, denial (painful, but often true).  Tourist visas to visit the US, with Michele Bond, Assistant...

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And How Long Will You Be Staying?

Courtesy, respect, denial (painful, but often true).  Tourist visas to visit the US, with Michele Bond, Assistant...

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Remember Ron Brown?

In case you don't (say, you were born after 1960), Lauri Fitz-Pegado remembers him for us: his vision, his vim, his...

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Wonderful, Weird, Incredibly Dangerous Naples

Pete explains "the Neapolitan solution" in this love letter to his first European posting.  Plus, he connects this to...

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Baby's Got the Bends

You might survive your coca eradication crop duster plane going down, but then the mosquitoes will  get you, which is...

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Only the Paranoid Survive

Virginia Bennett's security detail made sure no one hurled bricks at her, while the Greek populace contemplated...

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Jeff DeLaurentis Knows a Lot About Cuba

It's hard for an American to make friends in Cuba, circa 1990.   But Jeff DeLaurentis finds a way, and learns that...

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Chavez Gives Pete Four Pinocchios

The Chavez/Maduro kleptocracy in Venezuela masquerades as a people's revolution.  Almost two decades later, millions...

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Chavez Gives Pete Four Pinocchios

The Chavez/Maduro kleptocracy in Venezuela masquerades as a people's revolution.  Almost two decades later, millions...

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Anwar Awlaki and Abrar

Anwar Awlaki destroys, Abrar starves.  Yemen today, with Gerald Feierstein.  

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Hysteria or Reality? China in Panama

What do Teddy Roosevelt, China, and the band Afrodisiaco all have in common?  Panama!  Learn why concerns that Pete...

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Counterterrorism - The Diplomat's Perspective

Gerald Fierstein, counterterrorism expert for the State Department, helps us understand how violent extremist groups...

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More Fun Facts about Trade

Did you know that over 11 million jobs in the U.S. come from exports?  And that they pay U.S. citizens 15-20% more...

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Questions, Questions...

Why do we care about diversity in the Foreign Service?  When did you know this job was "the one"?  How do you do your...

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College Students - Cox Fellows - Visit State

The American dream is alive and well at the U.S. Department of State.  Stacy Williams, Luis Mendez and Julie Chung...

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A Public Servant in the Private Sector

Did you know that 95% of the world's consumers live outside the United States?  As President, Global Public Affairs...

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When You Shouldn't Follow the Rules

Ambassador Laura Lane served in Rwanda during its period of genocide in the 1990s and learned when you should, and...

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