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American Diplomat
American Diplomat
Ambassador (Retired) Pete Romero and Writer/Producer Laura Bennett

American Diplomat goes behind the scenes to hear real stories from diplomats who lived newsworthy events overseas. Experience the Cuban revolution, Central... more

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The Last Officer at Abbey Gate

Consular officer Alan Eaton helped scores of Afghans at risk evacuate from Kabul, working from inside the Abbey Gate at... more

16 Sep 2021 · 34 minutes
The Future of American Diplomacy

Eric Rubin sums it up with one word.  If we want to be successful in our diplomacy, we need to... more

09 Sep 2021 · 32 minutes
Toobah Evacuation Update

Our friend is still there, fearing for her life.  What is going on in Afghanistan right now?  Laura shares Toobah's... more

07 Sep 2021 · 9 minutes
These Are Not My Beautiful Feet

For Pride Month (belatedly posted due to events in Afghanistan and our coverage of those), Austin Richey-Allen recounts his story... more

03 Sep 2021 · 39 minutes
This Didn't Have to Happen

Our disastrous departure from Afghanistan. Hugo Llorens shares his knowledge of the Taliban's subgroups (hint: none abide by the Geneva... more

30 Aug 2021 · 29 minutes
And What of Our Friend Toobah?

Wouldn't we all like to know.  She's alive, at least.  Bad luck becomes good luck as she is turned away... more

27 Aug 2021 · 2 minutes
Whaddaya Do?

People's lives are at stake in the most urgent way.  Policy is a macro-level thing, and utterly necessary.  But what... more

20 Aug 2021 · 32 minutes
Encore: The Ugly American

Or a traitor, anyway. In an eerily quiet region during the Vietnam war, from a banana grove in the... more

12 Aug 2021 · 40 minutes
Encore: Bahrain, So Small, So Important

The Arab Spring – Tunisia, Egypt – we know about these places. But Bahrain is almost never in the news.... more

05 Aug 2021 · 50 minutes
They Will Cut Our Heads, Of Course!

Amb. Ryan Crocker, Middle East expert, explains the value of Foreign Service Nationals and brings it all home with a... more

29 Jul 2021 · 22 minutes
American Diplomat
The Last Officer at Abbey Gate
American Diplomat