Diplomatic Simulation with Bosnian and Herzegovinian youth, November 15, 2013
U.S. Diplomacy Center education staff led a diplomatic simulation on the topic of refugees with 18 high school-aged Bosnian and Herzegovinian youth participating in an ECA Youth Leadership and Teacher Professional Development Program. In a simulation, students assume the roles of diplomats representing various perspectives, and experience the challenges and choices that their role offers. Inevitably, they learn that diplomacy can bring great rewards but only with patience, persistence and compromise. These students handled the simulations brilliantly, and had fun doing it! Learn more about USDC's diplomatic simulation program at: http://diplomacy.state.gov/education/c23808.htm
USDC Director and Senior Advisor visit Alice Deal Middle School, Washington, DC, October 31, 2013
USDC Director David Ballard and Senior Advisor Kit Boyle, both Foreign Service Officers, met with students from Alice Deal Middle School, in Washington, DC. The students participate in the DC Public School’s Embassy Adoption Program and are studying about the United Nations and the Millennium Development Goals. Mr. Ballard and Ms. Boyle shared how the Department of State works with the UN and helps to meet the MDGs, as well as what it’s like to serve as a US diplomat.
USDC Senior Advisor speaks to alma matter, October 10, 2013
Foreign Service Officer TJ Dowling is currently the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Diplomacy Center. He recently returned to his alma matter Monsignor Farrell High School, in Staten Island, NY, as part of their alumni office Legacy Lecture Series. "Coming home is always a moving experience," said TJ. "My return to Farrell, my earliest intellectual home, to share my Foreign Service experiences with the next generation of Farrell men proved immensely enjoyable and rewarding." TJ spoke with 120 students over the course of 4 sessions during his visit.
[Image courtesy Monsignor Farrell High School]
Swedish Ambassador visits the US Diplomacy Center, July 3, 2013
The USDC received a fascinating piece of history from none other than the Swedish Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Jonas Hafström visited the USDC’s offices to present framed and signed copies of the first email correspondence between any heads of state. Dated February 1994, Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt sent what we now call an “email” to U.S. President Bill Clinton. Prime Minister Bildt indicates he is “…testing this connection on the global Internet system….” In his reply, President Clinton states that this is a “…step toward building a global information superhighway.” In the body of the email, the two heads of state also mention the U.S. decision to end the trade embargo on Vietnam as well as the question of soldiers who are POW/MIAs. USDC is proud to add this significant example of diplomatic communication to the collections.
Lecture features CIA Museum Curator Toni Hiley at the State Department's Bunche Library, June 27, 2013
USDC hosted a lunchtime lecture at the State Department’s Bunche Library featuring Toni L. Hiley, curator of the CIA Museum. She presented how the agency exhibits and collects artifacts (over 15,000!) for their internal museum program. Pictured at left, USDC Director David Ballard, CIA Curator Toni Hiley, and USDC Senior Curator Priscilla Linn. At right, Toni Hiley describes an artifact in the CIA collection to a very interested audience.
Bringing the Lessons Home, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, June 24, 2013
U.S. Diplomacy Center Director David Ballard spoke to 60 students serving as Young Ambassadors in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Bringing the Lessons Home program. A career Foreign Service Officer for 28 years, David talked about the role of U.S. ambassadors in representing their country, coordinating the work of the many agencies in an embassy, and leading the U.S. mission in a country or to international organization.
USDC Director David Ballard and Senior Curator Priscilla Linn review collections, May 13, 2013
USDC collections storage received an upgrade recently with space-saving and environment-buffering cabinets and a map case. USDC Collections Assistant Eric Duyck gives a tour of the new cabinets and some of the items in the collections to USDC Director David Ballard and Senior Curator Priscilla Linn.
Secretary Clinton and former Secretary Baker host the launch of the U.S. Diplomacy Center, January 25, 2013
text version: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2013/01/203325.htm
USDC welcomes new director, December 13, 2012
The U.S. Diplomacy Center celebrated outgoing director Stephen Estrada (left), after 26 years of federal service, with a fond farewell on December 13 and welcomed incoming director David Ballard, (right).
USDC's outreach efforts announced during "Conversations on Diplomacy" with Charlie Rose, June 20, 2012
The U.S. Diplomacy Center's outreach efforts and plans for the new Center were announced during the "Conversations on Diplomacy" event with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Secretary of State Jim Baker, moderated by Charlie Rose. Video of the event can be viewed here and a text transcript read here.
Recent acquisition highlights unique role of diplomats during post World Ward II era, June 2012
Imagine yourself a newly-minted Foreign Service Officer and job #1 is to spearhead the transition from U.S. military to civilian occupation of postwar Germany. This was the charge for the 27 FSOs in the class of 1950. All 27 of them were sent to various cities in the American Sector of Germany as “Resident Officers.” Their main duty was to encourage citizens of the war-torn nation to adopt democratic practices at the local level. This Resident Officer Handbook guided their work and belonged to the late Malcolm Thompson, class of 1950. His colleague, also part of this training class, Harry Odell, received it from Thompson's widow and generously donated this unique piece of diplomatic history to the U.S. Diplomacy Center.