Category: Speaking of Diplomacy

Title: Diplomacy requires taking some risks to fulfill the mission

Author: Greg Starr and Ronald E. Neumann
Date Published: January 21, 2021

America’s diplomats must be allowed to leave embassies to do their job. During the past 20 years, our diplomats have been tasked with serving in more dangerous and threatened assignments than at any time since World War II — including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya. Diplomats from the State Department, USAID and other foreign affairs agencies continue to voluntarily serve at dangerous but strategically important posts. Unfortunately, all too often our officers operate with “one hand tied behind their backs.” [Read more]

Read the full American Academy of Diplomacy report, “Changing the Risk Paradigm for U.S. Diplomats.”