Resources

ASSOCIATION FOR DIPLOMATIC STUDIES AND TRAINING/ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986. Located at the State Department’s George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, ADST advances understanding of American diplomacy and supports training of foreign affairs personnel through a variety of programs and activities.

In partnership with the Library of Congress' American Memory collection, the ADST's Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection houses the recollections of former diplomats around the world over the last 70 years — by the numbers:  over 2,000 oral histories, 60 podcasts, 700 Moments in Diplomatic History, and 44 Fascinating Figures in Diplomatic History.  Reading diplomats’ oral histories is a way to illuminate the world of American diplomacy, to deepen and enrich international scholarship, history education, and public policy debate on important global issues and challenges.

ADST.org’s collection includes:

ORAL HISTORIES & PODCASTS:  verbatim memories of the diplomats and family members who represented America abroad.

MOMENTS IN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY:  highlight specific events drawing on recollections of the diplomats who were there at the time.

FASCINATING FIGURES:  articles on people who influenced diplomatic history. 

COUNTRY READERS:  contain the experiences of many diplomats and provide an overview of U.S. relations with individual countries.

THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON DIPLOMATIC TRAINING (IFDT)

The International Forum on Diplomatic Training was established in 1972, as a yearly Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations, at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. Its co-chairs are the Director of that Academy and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC. This group meets alternately in Vienna and in other countries, at the invitation of the Diplomatic Academy or Institute of International Relations in that country. The Forum is an informal gathering of deans and directors devoted to the discussion of issues of modern diplomacy and trends in diplomatic education.

The website provides information on IFDT participants, reports of the annual meetings, and details of current activities. It also includes useful web links relating to study and research programmes offered by diplomatic training institutions.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DIPLOMACY

The American Academy of diplomacy is a non-profit, non-partisan elective organization of former career diplomats and others who have served with distinction in international affairs. As part of its mission to support and strengthen US diplomacy, the Academy commissions studies and reports on the conduct of diplomacy, such as the role of special envoys, political advisers to military commanders, training and education, sponsors conferences on key policy issues and hosts major speakers. Members of the ISD senior staff and a number of ISD Board members serve on the Academy's Board and participate in the studies, conferences and evets. AAD reports are available at www.academyofdiplomacy.org/publications.

Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives

The Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives were created by the Georgetown University Library in collaboration with Dr. Peter Krogh, Dean and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. The site preserves for future generations more than two hundred episodes from three television series moderated by Dean Krogh between 1981 and 2005: American Interests, World Beat, and Great Decisions (the latter in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association).

This collection illuminates for teachers, students, and the general public foreign policy issues that figured prominently toward the end of the 20th century. The programs, which feature leading foreign policy figures (e.g., King Hussein of Jordan, Henry Kissinger, and Zbigniew Brzezinski), cover topics that remain highly relevant, including nuclear proliferation, global warming, the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and international terrorism. As the famous popular historian, David McCullough, has observed: “There really is no such thing as the past.” 

Carnegie Video Series

The Carnegie Ethics Studio of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs serves as a worldwide broadcast platform for ideas on ethics, foreign policy, and international relations. The Council's 80+ annual events, interviews, and shows are filmed and edited in-house with state-of-the-art cameras, lighting, and sound equipment. Carnegie Ethics Studio distributes the resulting multimedia content to online, TV, and radio outlets.