What exactly do U.S. diplomats do, and why?

 
America’s Other Army brings the high-flying world of international diplomacy down to earth and puts a human face on a mysterious profession that has undergone a dramatic transformation since September 11, 2001.

Through the stories of American diplomats, the book explains how their work affects millions of people in the United States and around the world every day, and how it contributes directly to the core U.S. national interests of security and prosperity. It shows a more inclusive American diplomacy that has moved beyond interacting with governments and has engaged with the private sector, civil society and individual citizens.

Having visited more than 50 embassies and interviewed some 600 American diplomats, the author reveals a Foreign Service whose diversity and professional versatility have shattered old perceptions and redefined modern diplomacy. But he also depicts a service not fully equipped to address the complex challenges of the 21st century.


 

Watch the author’s TV series on diplomacy

 

Conversations with Nicholas Kralev is a TV series on diplomacy and global affairs. It looks behind the scenes at the people and institutions that practice diplomacy and examines how effective they are — and how their work affects ordinary people’s lives.

> Watch all episodes


 

Meet the corps: The book’s main characters

 

Cameron Munter

Victoria Nuland

Clayton Bond

William Burns

Yuri Kim

Francis Ricciardone


 
> Meet more of the book’s characters




 

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