American Diplomat

American Diplomat

Ambassador (Retired) Pete Romero and Writer/Producer Laura Bennett
Dec 03, 2020 40 min

Hiatus Post - Foreign Service Test? Quiz Show? You Decide.

You’ve heard a zillion stories of adventures in Foreign Service. How did all of these regular people become such erudite heroes of public service? They took the Foreign Service Test. And so, for your entertainment, Laura did, too. Here’s a hiatus repost of one of our most fun episodes ever. Did she pass? Did she live? Were the questions fair? Were the examiners fair? Pete and Dave Rabadan are tough. Was Laura tough enough?
Nov 25, 2020 44 min

AmDip Thanksgiving Special!

Join us for some of Pete's jokes (Laura laughed, we promise) and our annual show featuring stories of Thanksgiving overseas. Enjoy! Stay safe! ~Pete & Laura
Nov 18, 2020 39 min

Hiatus Post - Bill Burns: The Back Channel

Bill Burns, one of our favorite guests, is shortlisted for Secretary of State in the Biden administration. Go, Bill! We're reposting our discussion with him from last year about his book "The Back Channel," which is even more timely now than it was when it was first published. Plus, Pete has a story about his recent visit to Trumpland. Enjoy!
Nov 06, 2020 37 min

Hiatus Post - The Man of My Dreams

We're on hiatus until January - so we want to hear from you as we look ahead to future programming. Send us your questions, ideas, comments at [email protected], on Facebook or at And enjoy a rerun, a propos of this week's election, of "The Man of My Dreams." See you soon!
Oct 29, 2020 22 min

That Day I Had to Run

April 7, 1994, Rwanda. Not a good day to be mistaken for the acting Prime Minister. Linda Thomas-Greenfield shares the tale of her escape from the anti-government militia, while millions of others perished in the country's genocide.
Oct 22, 2020 18 min

A Few Choice Words

"I respect your culture, but I do not believe it is your culture to allow women to die," says Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the Taliban. And do you know what the Taliban did after that? And why? Listen to find out. Go, Linda!
Oct 15, 2020 28 min

Bananas Was His Business

Hugo Rodriguez, from the banana business in Latin America to the US Foreign Service. Machetes, scorpions, poisonous snakes, starting work at four am in the fruit does this prepare someone to help bring education to American-born children of Mexican citizens in Mexico? And why does the United States care about these kids anyway?
Oct 07, 2020 26 min

Malfeasances Aside...

There's a gray area in judging the actions of ambassadors, whether political appointee or career. What's the difference between what is illegal, inappropriate, or, more to the point, truly unethical? Harry Geisel puts his subtle mind to the task.
Sep 30, 2020 32 min

My Job is to Keep You out of Jail

What's the difference between a political appointee ambassador and a career ambassador? Increasingly, these ambassadorships are offered as rewards for large political campaign contributions. How can these appointments go awry? Harry Geisel helps us count the ways.
Sep 23, 2020 39 min

The World's Blindest Power?

9/11/2012, Benghazi, Libya, an attack on our diplomatic mission, killing four, including our ambassador. The legendary Tom Pickering led the first investigation (of ten), and it was not a pleasant report to write. But, as a consequence of these events, is the world's strongest power now the world's blindest power?
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