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AFSA Book Notes: "Modern Diplomacy"

February 21, 2020

Location: American Foreign Service Association

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AFSA is pleased to welcome Ambassador (ret.) RobertHutchings and Dr. Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas at Austin in a discussion of their brand-new book, “Modern Diplomacy in Practice.” This first AFSA Book Notes event of the year takes place on Friday February 21 at 12 noon at AFSA HQ, 2101 E Street NW. AFSA’s Director of Professional Policy Issues, Julie Nutter, will moderate the conversation.
 
“Modern Diplomacy” is the first comprehensive comparative study ever undertaken on the world’s ten largest diplomatic services. The book surveys and compares how Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States conduct their diplomacy through a professional career Foreign Service, drawing out best practices. Chapters cover the distinctive histories and cultures of the services, their changing role in foreign policy making, and their preparations for the new challenges of the twenty-first century.
 
Robert Hutchings is Professor and former Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. His combined academic and diplomatic career has included service as Chairman of the
National Intelligence Council, Director for Europe with the National Security Council, and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State, with the rank of ambassador. He is the author and editor of six books.
 
Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, where he is Professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of nine books on history, international relations, and political leadership, and hosts a weekly podcast, “This is Democracy.”
 
Books will be available for sale during the event. We will record this discussion and make it available for viewing via the AFSA website.

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