“The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation”

A podcast series by the American Academy of Diplomacy, the General and the Ambassador: A Conversation brings together outstanding diplomatic and military collaborators to recount stories of representing and defending U.S. interests abroad. Host Ambassador (ret.) Deborah McCarthy brings these stories to listeners in thirty-minute episodes.


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First episode:  General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker discuss their partnership in Iraq 2007-2008 during the surge campaign – as running buddies and political/military strategists. They review their bad cop/good cop approach and warn about Iran…


Ambassador Deborah McCarthy is the host and moderator of the podcast series “The General and the Ambassador”

Presentation of the podcast by Ambassador Ronald Neumann,
President of the American Academy of Diplomacy:

The Academy of Diplomacy is proud to present a new podcast series called The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation.  Each will be a conversation between a highly ranked former military officer and a former senior Ambassador centered on how they partnered to protect America and advance the strategic interests of the United States.  In many key areas around the world, our top military and our top diplomats work hand in glove, but the story is rarely told.

Our aim is to have Americans see how important it is that the United States be present on the global stage.  We hope the series encourages people to join public service to represent our great nation abroad in whatever capacity they choose. The careers of the Generals and the Ambassadors in these conversations will give us a glimpse into this exciting world.  We hope you enjoy them.