|What ‘Argo’ Fails to Tell Us About the Lives of American Diplomats|
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|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Monday, 01 April 2013 11:39|
3 Surprising Facts About the Men & Women
in the Foreign Service
The Academy Awards’ “Best Picture” tells the story of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-80.
But, for all that it’s a movie about diplomats, it tells nothing of the men and women who represent the United States abroad, the challenges they face and how prepared – or ill prepared – they are to face those challenges, says Nicholas Kralev, an expert on international affairs and diplomacy and author of a new book, “America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy,” www.americasotherarmy.com.
Why should Americans care?
Because the work of U.S. diplomats affects every American’s safety and security, Kralev says.
“Their success – or lack of it – affects our ability to travel; our employment opportunities; our prosperity.”
The U.S. Foreign Service is much less visible than the U.S. military – in spite of the attention it has received in recent months. The 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died, raised greater awareness of our Foreign Service workers. Additionally, media attention on the globetrotting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who oversaw the department, captured the public’s imagination.
Kralev, a former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent covered the State Department for 10 years under four secretaries of state. He visited more than 50 embassies and interviewed 600 American diplomats to learn about who they are, what their daily lives are like, and what they do. He says Americans would be surprised by what we don’t know about the Foreign Service.
The work of the Foreign Service is too important to remain a mystery, says Kralev, who details countless individual stories in “America’s Other Army.”
“Strong and effective U.S. diplomacy is essential to our security, prosperity, even our freedom. Americans should pay attention to whether we’re providing them with all of the tools they need.”
About Nicholas Kralev
Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist and lecturer on international affairs, diplomacy and global travel. A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he has traveled around the world with four U.S. secretaries of state, including Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, and visited more than 80 countries. He is the author of “America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy” and "Decoding Air Travel: A Guide to Saving on Airfare and Flying in Luxury." He is also the founder and CEO of Kralev International LLC, an air travel consulting and training company. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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