“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. The host, Ambassador (ret.) Deborah McCarthy brings these stories to listeners in thirty-minute episodes.




Episode 1:

 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…



Episode 2:  

Admiral James Stavridis & Ambassador William Brownfield discuss their work together stemming the flow of cocaine to the US, the rescue of US hostages after 5 years of captivity by the FARC, and the transformation of Colombia. They also discuss the current situation in Venezuela and US options.



Episode 3:

General Jack Gardner and Ambassador Kate Canavan on U.S. military and diplomatic work at the U.S. European Command in Germany: why do we have troops in Europe? What does the US get out of training with other countries? Georgia/ Russia/ refugees/ evacuations…. and lessons from living next door to chef Julia Child in Boston!



Episode 4:

General Philip Breedlove and Ambassador Victoria Nuland. Former SACEUR and EUCOM Commander Breedlove and former Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland talk about the strong bonds they forged working together on US actions to address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s deception campaign, the benefits to the US of being in NATO, working on a Soviet fishing trawler, being a fighter pilot and much more.



Episode 5:

 The hard work of setting up the new U.S. Military Command for AFRICA: General William E. “Kip” Ward and Ambassador Mary C. Yates discuss how they got the phones to work, built a culturally sensitive multi-talented team, dealt with skeptics, traveled the continent and expanded America’s military presence to boost U.S. security.




Episode 6: Coming Soon

Episode 6 Guests will be announced soon.



Message from the President, Ambassador Ronald Neumann:

“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.”