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Capricia Penavic Marshall:
America’s Protocol Boss

a5.cover.marshall.protocol.homeUnderstanding the rules of protocol goes a long way toward greasing the wheels of diplomacy — which is why Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall’s job is so important. Read More

People of World Influence

Brzezinski: Obama Must ‘Regain’
Lost Ground in Foreign Policy

a1.powi.brzezinski.homeTwo days after President Obama secured a second term in office, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski didn’t mince words about what Obama needs to do to burnish his legacy. Read More


Arkansas Odyssey: Ambassadors
Experience the Natural State

a2.arkansas.clinton.homeBBQ, business contacts and Bill Clinton were just some of the adventures that awaited Washington ambassadors as they trekked to Arkansas for the latest installment of the State Department’s popular Experience America trips. Read More

International Relations

U.S.-Saudi Relationship
Weathers Arab Spring

a3.ncusar.arab.homeTwo years after the Arab Spring altered the geopolitical landscape, a major conference examined the largely ignored dynamic of U.S.-Saudi relations. Read More


Washington Gears Up
For 2013 Inauguration

a4.inauguration.swearing.obama.homePreparations are well under way to get the city ready for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, a quadrennial event that is both solemn and celebratory. Read More


CPS Conference Attracts
Ambassadors, Industry Insiders

a6.cps.conference1.homeThe Washington Diplomat’s inaugural Country Promotion Strategies Conference brought together industry insiders to assess the political landscape one week after the contentious U.S. elections. Read More

International Law

U.S. Court Moves Against Impunity
In Years-Long Somali Legal Saga


The case of a former Somali prime minister being sued in U.S. courts for torture could reverberate around the world. Read More

ALSO SEE: Brief History of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act


Not All Good Development
Intentions Are Created Equal

a8.development.gavi.kenya.homeThe number of development groups trying to make the world a better place is impressive — and staggering. But behind the numbers is a basic question: Which ones work? Read More


Suicide and the Holidays:
Myths and Realities

a9.medical.depression.holiday.homeThe myth of suicides spiking during the holiday season is a persistent one that masks the complex realities of depression and mental illness. Read More