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Association launches Web sites on U.S. diplomacy.

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training has launched two new Web sites on U.S. diplomacy.

First, ADST developed an instructional site on the history, practices and traditions of U.S. diplomacy at www.usdiplomacy.org. Designed to provide background and context to those interested in foreign affairs careers, it is also of interest to a wide range of other audiences.

This project was undertaken with a grant from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, and the site became operational in January. Although various sources in the Department, including the Office of the Historian, were consulted to ensure accuracy, the site does not purport to represent the views of the U.S. government.

The site starts with an overview of U.S. diplomatic history and includes texts and video clips of notables such as Dean Acheson, Roz Ridgway, Terence Todman and others. A list of useful Web sites on foreign affairs, including a link to careers.state.gov, is included.

Paul Blackburn, a former Senior Foreign Service officer and specialist in public diplomacy, was engaged to produce the site. He was supported by ADST staff and successive teams of college interns.

Second, in February, ADST began placing the transcripts of its diplomatic oral history collection, "Frontline Diplomacy," on the American Memory Web site of the Library of Congress (www. loc.gov). Some 1,300 transcripts are on the site, and more will be added. The oral history interviews are collected through a program that has been directed by former senior FSO Charles Stuart Kennedy since its inception in 1986.

Currently, ADST is conducting eyewitness interviews on the North-South Sudan peace process (in collaboration with the U.S. Institute of Peace) and "lessons learned" interviews for the M family of bureaus on the mass departure of American citizens from Lebanon last summer.

ADST is an independent, nonprofit organization located on the campus of the Foreign Service Institute. Since 1986, it has been committed to supporting training at FSI and advancing knowledge of U.S. diplomacy. The latter effort includes publication of books and mounting of exhibits. The association's Web site is www.adst.org.
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Title Annotation:NEWS; Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Publication:State Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2007
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