Line of Defense:
Ambassadors, Embassies and American Interests Abroad
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its flagship publication, First Line of Defense: Ambassadors, Embassies and American Interests Abroad.
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and Their Embassies Actually Do?
Many Americans are not
well informed about the role of diplomacy in our relations with
the rest of the world. With that thought in mind, the American Academy
of Diplomacy prepared this collection of personal accounts by senior
American ambassadors. The relevance of their work to the interests
of the United States and to the welfare of individual American citizens
emerges unmistakably. An introduction highlights the changes in
international relations brought about by dramatic advances in information
technology and transportation. A conclusion discusses the infrastructure
of American diplomacy needed to cope with an increasingly complex,
disorderly and dangerous post-Cold War world.
Among the ambassadors who relate their experiences in this volume
are: Robert Strauss in the Soviet Union, Walter Mondale in Japan,
Raymond Seitz in the UK, Frank Carlucci in Portugal, Elinor Constable
in Kenya, Richard Gardner in Spain, James Jones in Mexico, James
Blanchard in Canada, Frank Wisner in India, Michael Armacost in
the Philippines, Harry Shlaudeman in Venezuela, Robert Oakley in
Pakistan, and Thomas Pickering at the United Nations.