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Ambassador Herman G. Cohen
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Ambassador Herman G. Cohen had a long career serving throughout Africa, in countries including the D.R Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Senegal during the time of the Cold War. He observed historical events such as the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the end apartheid in South Africa, and the conflict in Angola.

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U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
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Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Cohen Herman
Date Added:
10/20/2000
Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV Oral History
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Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson recalls his work in Africa during the 70s and 80s, discussing environmental issues, politics, and ethnic power relations in countries ranging from Niger to Burundi to South Africa. He also discusses his time in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, and his work as a political adviser in Germany during the turbulent global political climate of the 1990s.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
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Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Joseph C. Wilson
Date Added:
10/20/2004
Ambassador Keith Wauchope Oral History
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In this interview, Ambassador Keith L. Wauchope discusses his experiences as a U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong, Haiti, and various countries throughout Africa, including Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Liberia. Ambassador Wauchope discusses issues such as the legacy of Italian colonization in Ethiopia, corruption, and ethnic hostilities.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Keith L. Wauchope
Date Added:
06/24/2007
Ambassador Leslie Alexander Oral History
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In this interview, Ambassador Leslie Alexander looks back on his lengthy Foreign Service career. He began his career in Guyana in the 1970s and went on to serve in countries ranging from Poland to Brazil to Mauritius before becoming Ambassador to Mauritius, Ecuador, and Haiti. He also extensively discusses the evolution of Haiti’s political situation beginning in the years after the ouster of the dictator Baby Doc.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Leslie Alexander
Date Added:
06/24/2009
Ambassador Melissa Foelsch Wells Oral History
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Ambassador Melissa Foelsch Wells. Wells served as ambassador to Guinea-Bissau, and in other African countries such as Mozambique and Uganda. In Mozambique, she worked with organizations that helped child soldiers from Mozambique’s civil war.

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American Studies
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History
Political Science
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U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Melissa Foelsch Wells
Date Added:
06/24/2002
Ambassador Michael G. Wygant Oral History
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Ambassador Michael G. Wygant recalls his years in the Foreign Service, ranging from his time in Zimbabwe and Togo in the years after decolonization to his work in Moscow during the Cold War. He also recalls his time in the CORDS (Civil Operations and Rural Development Support) program during the Vietnam war. He also discusses his time with the Oceans, Environment, and Science Bureau, and his tour in the Federated States of Micronesia.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
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History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
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Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Michael Wygant
Date Added:
10/20/1998
Ambassador Peter Tomsen Oral History
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Ambassador Peter Tomsen recalls his years working in Thailand, Vietnam, and India during the 1960s and 70s. He discusses his tenure as part of the CORDS (Civil Operations and Rural Development Support) during the Vietnam War, where he worked in rural Vietnam to help prepare the South Vietnamese government to fight the war without American support. He also discusses his experience during the Fall of Saigon, where he helped evacuate Vietnamese civilians.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Peter Tomsen
Date Added:
10/20/2020
Ambassador Raymond A. Hare Oral History
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In this interview, Ambassador Hare discusses his experiences in the East Mediterranean and Middle East from the 1920s to the 60s. He discusses negotiations with the Saudi Government, the Suez Canal issue, the Cyprus issue, and the Palestinian issue.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Raymond Hare
Date Added:
10/20/1998
Ambassador Robert F. Corrigan Oral History
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In this interview, Ambassador Corrigan discusses his experiences in Latin America and Rwanda during the 60s and 70s. He shares stories about the role of the CIA in Guatemala, giving context to Latin America as a theatre of the Cold War. He also discusses ethnic power relations in Rwanda and Burundi.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Robert Corrigan
Date Added:
10/20/1998
Ambassador Rudolf Perina Oral History
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In this interview, Ambassador Rudolf Perina recalls his experiences as a U.S diplomat in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus during the Cold War, 1990s, and early 2000s. He discusses the conflicts in Bosnia, Transnistria, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Rudolf Perina
Date Added:
10/20/2008
Ambassador Theodore R. Britton Oral History
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Ambassador Theodore R. Britton remembers his years as the Ambassador to Barbados and Grenada in the years after they gained independence. He also served as the U.S Special Representative to a number of Caribbean states including St. Lucia and St. Vincent. He reflects on his experiences as an African-American ambassador.

Subject:
American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Theodore Britton
Date Added:
10/20/2008
Ambassador William T. Pryce
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Ambassador William T. Price served in Russia and Latin America during the Cold War era. Working in countries like Mexico, Bolivia, and Panama, he observed the role of Latin America as a theatre of the Cold War. As a diplomat, he witnessed dictatorships in many Latin American countries, and the subsequent human rights and political issues. He ultimately became Ambassador to Honduras, working on issues such as civil-military relations and natural disasters.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
William Pryce
Date Added:
10/20/2007
Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship: The 1951 Treaty of Peace with Japan
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The San Francisco Peace Treaty, signed by 48 nations on September 8, 1951, officially ended Japan’s position as an imperial power, provided compensation to those who had suffered in Japan during the Second World War, and terminated the Allied post-war occupation of Japan. Seven months after the signing of the treaty, Japan formally regained its sovereignty.Marshall Green recounts his experience of this Treaty when serving as a desk officer for Japan in the State Department.

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American Studies
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History
Political Science
Social Science
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World History
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Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Author:
Marshall Green
Date Added:
05/03/2017
Curtis Cutter Oral History
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In this interview, Curtis C. Cutter remembers his diplomatic career that began in the 1950s, during the era of decolonization. He served in locations ranging from Cambodia to Peru to Spain. He also worked in the sphere of international organizations, with the U.S. representation to the Organization of American States and with United Nations Affairs.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
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Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Curtis Cutter
Date Added:
06/24/1998
Dr. Evelyn Colbert Oral History
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Dr. Evelyn Colbert discusses her career as an analyst for the Office of Strategic Services and the Department of State. Specializing in Asia, Dr. Colbert studied Japan, Vietnam, Korea and more. Notably, she worked a Japan analyst during the Second World War, and headed the Southeast Asia Division during the Vietnam War.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Evelyn Colbert
Date Added:
10/20/2005
Freeing American Hostages in the First Gulf War
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Shortly after Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein and his Republican Guard forces took hundreds of Americans and people of other nationalities hostage in Iraq and Kuwait. With hundreds of Americans being held across Iraq and Kuwait, along with many more in hiding, the American embassies in Kuwait and Iraq did all they could to safeguard American lives and provide safe transport out of Iraq and Kuwait. Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Wilson worked under extreme pressure and stress to secure the release and evacuation of the hostages.

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American Studies
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History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Author:
Joseph Wilson
Date Added:
04/20/2016
Kathleen Turner Part 1
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The actress and star of Body Heat and Who Shot Roger Rabbit? talks about her childhood as a Foreign Service kid. This is part one of a three-part podcast series.

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Arts and Humanities
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History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Author:
Kathleen Turner
Date Added:
05/20/2013
Kathleen Turner Part 2
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The actress and star of Body Heat and Who Shot Roger Rabbit? talks about her childhood as a Foreign Service kid. This is part two of a three-part podcast series.

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Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
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World History
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Kathleen Turner
Date Added:
05/21/2013
Kathleen Turner Part 3
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The actress and star of Body Heat and Who Shot Roger Rabbit? talks about her childhood as a Foreign Service kid. This is part three of a three-part podcast series.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Author:
Kathleen Turner
Date Added:
05/21/2013
Lewis M. White Oral History
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In this interview Lewis M. White discusses his diplomatic career in locations ranging from New Caledonia to Colombia to Morocco. He highlights the issues including French colonialism in New Caledonia, and the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.

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American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Civics
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
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Provider:
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Provider Set:
Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection
Author:
Lewis M. White
Date Added:
06/24/2002